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by Clay Moyle

Download Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion ePub
  • ISBN 1934733024
  • ISBN13 978-1934733028
  • Language English
  • Author Clay Moyle
  • Publisher Bennett & Hastings; 1st edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Pages 448
  • Formats mbr mobi doc rtf
  • Category Outdoor Sports
  • Subcategory Biographies
  • Size ePub 1955 kb
  • Size Fb2 1338 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 602

Standing no more than five-feet, seven-inches; tall, Sam Langford was one of the 20th century's greatest fighters. In this biography, his life story is told in great and entertaining detail. Over 100 photographs are included. Sam was a great black prizefighter in an era when the color line was easily cited by white opponents wanting to avoid meeting him in the ring. Ring magazine editor Nat Fleischer ranked Langford among his favorites, stating, 'Sam was endowed with everything. He possessed strength, agility, cleverness, hitting power, a good thinking cap and an abundance of courage. He feared no one. But he had the fatal gift of being too good, and that's why he often had to give away weight in early days and make agreements with opponents. Many of those who agreed to fight him, especially of his own race, wanted an assurance that he would be merciful or insisted on a bout of not more than six rounds.' This biography brings to light Sam Langford's remarkable talents and life.

Start by marking Sam Langford Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned . Avid book collector Clay Moyle's biography of Langford is a must-read for boxing fans

Start by marking Sam Langford Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Avid book collector Clay Moyle's biography of Langford is a must-read for boxing fans. Moyle has produced a much-needed telling of the career of one of boxing's best kept secrets.

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Greatest Uncrowned Champion: the Fiction, Hardcover by Clay Moyle (To Be Determined, Apr 15, 2008).

Now, thanks to Clay Moyle, the entire life of ’The Forgotten Man’ is entertainingly recounted in Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion, a riveting, bittersweet biography which endeavors to afford this forgotten ring great his rightful place in history. A must read for any devoted fight fan. Read To Be Determined’s description of Sam Langford: Boxing’s Greatest Uncrowned Champion.

Clay Moyle recent biography, Sam Langford: Boxing’s Greates Uncrowned Champion, tells a story of one of boxing’s greatest fighter. It could easily be argued that Sam Langford was the greatest pound for pound fighter in boxing’s history. This was a man who fought as a lightweight at the beginning of his career and ended his career as one of boxing great heavyweights in the early part of the twentieth century. The biggest problem is that Langford never got his chance to be a champion

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Well, there is no disappointment with Clay Moyle's work of art on Sam Langford.

Sam Langford : Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion. He named Stanley Ketchel as the greatest welterweight hed ever seen and said that, as for the middleweights, hed take Sam Langford, "the greatest of them all at that poundage.

By Adeyinka Makinde: The name Sam Langford has loomed large in many constructions of boxing history

By Adeyinka Makinde: The name Sam Langford has loomed large in many constructions of boxing history. The peaks in his career are faithfully covered by Moyle who reconstructs his mastery over Joe Jeanette and Sam McVey, and his victory over the younger, powerful Harry Wills in the second of their encounters before advancing age, and a creeping blindness began the irreparable slide in his effectiveness as a fighter.

In 1951, the great featherweight champion Abe Attell was asked if Sugar Ray Robinson was the best of all time, either as a welterweight . Standing no more than 5' 7" tall, Sam Langford was one of the 20th century's greatest fighters

In 1951, the great featherweight champion Abe Attell was asked if Sugar Ray Robinson was the best of all time, either as a welterweight or middleweight. Standing no more than 5' 7" tall, Sam Langford was one of the 20th century's greatest fighters. In 1951, the great featherweight champion Abe Attell was asked if Sugar Ray Robinson was the best of all time, either as a welterweight or middleweight. He named Stanley Ketchel as the greatest welterweight he'd ever seen and said that, as for the middleweights, he'd take Sam Langford, "the greatest of them all at that poundage.

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Clay Moyle's book is a superb example as to how to write a boxer's biography. Providing many hitherto unpublished - if not unknown - facts about the life and career of the "Boston Tar Baby" (b. 1883, d. 1956, fought professionally from 1902 to 1926, in prime around 1908 to 1912, started losing sight in 1917) and many of his opponents (for example, Moyle explains what became of the long-forgotten boxer Danny Duane, who easily defeated both the young Langford and the highly-skilled Jack Blackburn, yet gave up what would seem to have been a very promising boxing career), the author sprinkles his book with many interesting, oftentimes funny, anecdotes about his subject. Of course, the best aspects of this book for boxing fans are Moyle's descriptions of Langford's boxing style and abilities (including accounts of when and against whom he started to utilize certain tactics and techniques); his accounts of Langford's major bouts - sometimes seemingly providing a 'blow-by-blow' description of the action; the many cited opinions of Langford's opponents and other boxing experts as to his strengths and weaknesses, as well as where he stands among boxing's greats; and, of course, the many fine photographs of the great man and his peers, many of which have never been published before.

My only real complaint about this book is that the author did not provide Langford's official weigh-in weight (and that of his opponent) for more of his bouts (for most fighters, this wouldn't be that big a deal, but, with someone like Langford, who gradually grew from a lightweight into a heavyweight and was competitive in each of the weight divisions between those two classes, it's quite important to know, especially since he often took on fighters who substantially outweighed him). But that's a small quibble given how great this bio is (I hope that the upcoming biographies of Joe Gans and Harry Greb are even 80% as good as this one).

Moyle provides Langford's ring record at the end of the book, as well as an index (which is always handy). As for the chapter titles, they are as follows: 1) Weymouth Falls, Nova Scotia (in Canada - it's Langford's birthplace); 2) Champion of Cambridge Street (in Boston); 3) Joe Gans, "The Old Master"; 4) Joe Walcott, "The Barbados Demon"; 5) Tackling the Big Fellows; 6) England; 7) A Black Heavyweight Champion; 8) The Iron Man (William Hague); 9) Chasing the Michigan Assassin (Stanley Ketchel); 10) Encounter With a Razor; 11) Ketchel; 12) The Fight of the Century (Jack Johnson vs Jim Jeffries); 13) The Joplin Ghost (Jeff Clarke); 14) The Rabbit Punch; 15) Australia; 16) Mastering (Sam) McVea; 17) Troubles Down Under; 18) "Gunboat" (Ed Smith); 19) An End to Heavyweight Title Hopes; 20) Passing of the Torch; 21) Heavyweight Champion of Mexico; 22) Retirement; 23) The Forgotten Man.
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Everyone asks me how the old-time fighters would shape up against today's champions. The correct phrasing of the question should be 'How would today's fighters shape up against the old-timers in the old-timers era?'

The answer is simple... they wouldn't. The old-timers, at their peak, would simply trash the modern generation.

How would today's fighters survive, for instance, if there was no 3 knock-down rule... or no automatic standing 8-count, where one COULD be saved by the bell - and be compelled to come out for the next round... or if required to go 15 rounds or longer... or if one could attack a floored opponent the moment his gloves left the canvas... or if fighters risked arrest and/or imprisonment merely by entering a ring.

In an era when boxers were REAL boxers, Sam Langford, like many of his peers, was up there with the best of them. Jack Johnson is regarded as one of the Heavyweight Division's great champions. Sam Langford was little more that a jumped-up middleweight, but Johnson refused to give Sam a shot at the Heavyweight Title. Why? Because Johnson was
petrified of Langford and shied away from him, not for years; but for ever. Johnson never gave Sam the opportunity to challenge for boxing's supreme prize.

In years to come, when history is called upon to select it's greatest fighters of all time, Sam Langford, believe me, will be up there, right near the top of the list.

You don't believe me? Well read this book and make up your own mind.
Khiceog
Sam Langford is a legend in pugilism and sport. A legend that is often forgotten or at the very least diminished when referencing the greatest boxers and fighters of all time. No greater account of his life and times has ever existed than this superb book, outside of the stories told by the mythic man himself, Mr. Sam Langford. A wonderful immortalization of the Sam Langford story, in its entirety. Required reading for any self proclaimed enthusiast of pugilism. A fantastic journey through every known era of the uncrowned Champ's life and ring career. Clay Moyle should be very proud of this work. A permanent place is reserved in my boxing library for this book. Enjoy.
Angana
Well, I was going to come on here and rave about the brilliance of this masterpiece, but everyone else's five star reviews already covered all my points and admiration. Now that I am here all I can say is bravo Mr. Moyle and please write us more.
VizoRRR
Sam Langford has always been regarded as one of the true All Time Greats of the prize ring. Clay Moyle's lovingly detailed history cements that opinion in my mind. Every Canadian sports fan should read this fantastic story and every boxing fan who can read English should pick it up now.
Grosho
Just a great book about an uncrowned champion who deserved the title and the fame that went with it.

Clay Moyle's book is just brilliant, filled with rare photgraphs and stories. Very readable and he doesn't get bogged down with the intricacies of the fights which can get boring.

I hope he writes more books like this one, would LOVE to see a book on Sam McVea and Joe Jeannette written!
Wat!?
SAM LANGFORD: BOXING'S GREATEST UNCROWNED CHAMPION is an excellent biography of an all-time great, who has sadly been all but forgotten today.
A complete biography that includes blow-by-blow accounts of Langford's major fights and many rarely seen photos. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the fight game as it was a century ago.
Nice biography about one of the sports greatest, and sadly forgotten, competitors during a time in our nations history when the color of an athletes skin could mean success or near obscurity. Well written, and lots of great photos.