Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson

Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson


By (author) Herb Boyd, By (author) Ray Robinson II, Foreword by Percy Sutton

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  • Publisher: Amistad Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 20mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0060934387
  • ISBN 13: 9780060934385
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 697,411

Product description

Hailed by critics as a long overdue portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson, a man who was as elusive out of the ring as he was magisterial in it, "Pound for Pound" is a lively and nuanced profile of an athlete who is the best boxer the sport has arguably ever known. So great were Robinson's skills, he was eulogized by Woody Allen, compared to Joe Louis, and praised by Muhammad Ali, who called him "the king, the master, my idol." But the same discipline that Robinson brought to the sport eluded him at home, leading him to emotionally and physically abuse his family, particularly his wife, the gorgeous dancer Edna Mae, whose entrepreneurial skills helped Robinson build an empire to which Harlemites were inexorably drawn. Exposing Robinson's flaws as well as putting his career in the context of his life and times, renowned and bestselling journalist Herb Boyd, with Ray Robinson II, tells for the first time the full story of a complex man and sport-altering athlete.

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Author information

Herb Boyd is an activist, journalist, author and teacher. His articles have appeared in such publications as the Amsterdam News, The Final Call, Essence and The Network Journal. In 1995, with co-editor Robert Allen, Boyd received the American Book Award for Brotherman--The Odyssey of Black Men in America (Ballantine/One World). A noted authority on black studies, he has been teaching African and African American history for nearly forty years. Ray Robinson II is an independent producer who is currently in the process of establishing a museum in honour of his mother and father.

Review quote

"Admiring biography that neither glosses over nor dwells on [Ray's] not-always-great behavior outside the ring." -- Kirkus Reviews "A rich history of the athlete, the man, the sport and a fascinating time in African American history." -- Ebony "An informative account of the life of Hollywood-handsome middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robison." -- Essence "A nuanced, sensitive, critical, and definitive biography of arguably the greatest boxer of all time." -- --Kevin Powell, author of Who's Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America