Chronicles the flamboyant boxing promotor's rise from street crime and numbers running to his current role as larger-than-life and tremendously wealthy force in the boxing world. 35,000 first printing. First serial, Penthouse.
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Newfield, a syndicated columnist for the New York Post and a veteran of 30 years on the sports scene, documents boxing promoter Don King's successful and reprehensible career from his early days as a street hustler. In 1966, King was convicted of manslaughter when he kicked Sam Garrett to death in a gambling beef. Later he parlayed his friendship with singer Lloyd Price into an introduction to Muhammad Ali. The man who had listened to the first Frazier-Ali fight in prison promoted the second one. It was only the beginning. Soon a fighter couldn't get a chance at a title held by a King fighter unless he abandoned his current management and signed with King. Newfield documents it all, with especially damaging evidence provided regarding King's financial relationship with Mike Tyson. Somehow, though, King always slips the noose by knowing who will accept bribes, who will buckle under a threat, and who wants a big-money opportunity. The sheer volume of evidence here is overwhelming; we always thought King was a creep, now we know it for certain. Sports fans in general and boxing fans specifically should tip their hats to Newfield. Wes LukowskyFrom Publishers Weekly:
In 1966, when King was the biggest numbers banker in Cleveland, he beat to death a man who owed him money. After serving fewer than four years of a second-degree murder conviction, he was paroled and immediately got into the boxing promoting business, helped by, among others, rock and roll songwriter/ performer Lloyd Price and Muhammad Ali. Soon, King was arranging the "Rumble in the Jungle," the Ali-Foreman fight in Zaire in 1974, which was followed by the "Thriller in Manilla," the Ali-Frazier fight in 1975. Newfield, in meticulous detail, shows how King promoted white racism and black racism with equal enthusiasm; his ties to the Cleveland mob; how he "stole" Larry Holmes; his betrayal of both Price and Ali; his relationship with Mike Tyson; and his very creative bookkeeping, which led to a 1994 indictment for wire fraud. Newfield, a syndicated columnist with the New York Post, has written a scathing portrait of America's #1 boxing promoter. Photos not seen by PW.
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