Boxing Confidential: Power, Corruption and the Richest Prize in Sport

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In the hardest-hitting expose of boxing ever written, campaigning journalist Jim Brady lays bare the corrupt history of the 'Noble Art'. From its murky beginnings to the multi-billions business of today. Delving into extensive FBI files and police documents, he reveals how the mafia took over the sport in the US and how for decades world titles were effectively controlled by one man: Frank Carbo, the sinister 'Mister Gray'.

Here is the story of the monopolistic International Boxing Club, known as 'the Octopus', and how it was succeeded by the worldwide governing bodies labelledthe Alphbet Boys, who many contend have ruined the fight game. Here also are revelations of fixed fights, bent ratings, rip-offs and kick-backs, a full accountof the undercover investigation into the corrupt International Boxing Federation, the machinations of Don King, Bob Arum and Jose Sulaiman, and the incredible saga of Harold Smith, the man who tried to buy the sport. 'Boxing Confidential' is the book no true fight fan should be without.

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