Facing Ali by Stephen Brunt
15 Fighters / 15 Stories

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Muhammad Ali cast a blinding light on his sport, on the tumultuous times in which he reigned as champion, and on all the people who surrounded him. That included the fighters brave enough to stand alone, in the ring with the greatest heavyweight champion of all time.
Ali's own story has been told often, but the tales of those who faced him have been mostly overlooked. For each, the moments alone in the ring with Ali changed their lives. FACING ALI tells the stories, in the fighters' own words, of fifteen men from around the world--from famous names like Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Henry Cooper, to lesser lights like Tunney Hunsaker, Jergen Blin, and George Chuvalo. FACING ALI offers a unique perspective on what it was like to fight Ali, and gives new insights into the character of a boxer who is arguably the most recognized man on the planet.


About Stephen Brunt

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STEPHEN BRUNT is Canada's premier sportswriter and commentator. He is the lead columnist for Toronto's Globe and Mail and won the Michener Award for his piece on negligence and corruption in boxing. He was nominated for Canada's National Newspaper Award for his account of meeting with Ali.
Published March 1, 2003 by Lyons Press. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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“In boxing, as in everything else, only one side of the story tends to be told,” writes Brunt, and when that story involved Ali, one voice was certainly heard above the others.

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Brunt provides penetrating and honest profiles of 15 fighters from around the world who faced Muhammad Ali, and he produces a book that should become one of the essential works for understanding the legendary fighter.

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Have you ever wondered what happened to the many boxing opponents of Mohamed Ali?

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Perhaps surprisingly, most of these men speak favorably of Ali, such as the “Bayonne Bleeder,” Chuck Wepner (Sylvester Stallone’s model for the movie, “Rocky”), whose business card today is emblazoned with a picture of him standing over Ali in the ring, after he had either knocked down Ali or tri...

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