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50 Years of Fights, Fighters and Friendships

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Reviewed by John J. Raspanti


Jerry Fitch has spent most of his life writing about boxing. He’s the author of two engaging books on pugilism, James Louis Bivins: The Man Who Would Be Champion, and Cleveland’s Greatest Fighters of All Time. 

Both volumes demonstrate his love for the sport while he brings new insights into the lives of the fighters he writes about.
 
Fitch recently released his third book based on his love affair with the sweet science titled 50 Years of Fights, Fighters and Friendships. 

This book, more personal than his other two, delves into Fitch’s career as a writer and jack-of-all-trades, b
ut also the friendships he’s made with some legendary boxers. Fitch reminisces about Archie Moore, Jersey Joe Walcott, Muhammad Ali, Earnie Shavers, Joe Frazier, and many more. He also tells what it was like to work for promoter Don King. That experience didn’t last very long.

Fitch’s memories of his close relationship with two-time welterweight champion, Jimmy McLarnin, are heartfelt. McLarnin, who boxed at various times in his career as the “Baby Faced Assassin,“ “Murderous Mick,” and “The Belfast Spider,“ treated Fitch like a son. 

But it appears no one had a bigger influence on Fitch’s life than former heavyweight contender, Jimmy Bivins, and Fitch writes warmly about the special bond that developed between the two. 

The book is an easy read and at times, a pure delight, as Fitch clearly loved his ride as a boxing insider, both the good and the bad. That love shines through in his memoir. 

Highly recommended. 

To purchase a copy of this book, please contact Fitch at: 
Jerryfitch@aol.com.
 


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