Life in the Ring: Lessons & Inspiration from the Sport of Boxing (Paperback)
Much more than a book on boxing. Life in the Ring is equally historical, literary, and inspirational. Truly a one-of-a-kind book.
There is no sport more unforgiving than boxing. Boxing represents the best of who we are as individuals. Those who have participated in the sport, at any level, can use the lessons they have learned in all aspects of their lives, from business, to politics, to personal relationships. People observing the sport can draw on the insight that boxing imparts in all phases of their lives.
Life in the Ring gathers the wisdom and lore of the "sweet science" of boxing and organizes them into a single volume that is equally historical, literary, and inspirational. An invaluable compendium, Life in the Ring offers the stories of boxing legends, past and present, and draws inspiring lessons from the remarkable determination, fortitude, and willpower that made these men great.
Included are such engaging themes and examples from the lives of legendary boxers as:
*The Role of Courage and Confidence—Muhammad Ali
*On Challenging Yourself—Oscar de la Hoya
*The Quality of Being Tough—Jake LaMotta
*Reinventing Yourself and Making a Comeback—George Foreman
*Overcoming Obstacles through Persistence and Determination—James J. Braddock
*Winning Without Shortcuts—Joe Calzaghe
*Making Fear Your Friend—Floyd Patterson
*Overcoming Pain—Rocky Marciano
*The Power of Discipline and Preparation—Bernard Hopkins
*On Giving Back—Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko
With a Foreword by the famed boxing writer, Bert Randolf Sugar, and exciting, relatable stories, Life in the Ring packs a fantastic punch for readers of all kinds.
About the Author
John Oden has competed in over 20 bouts in the 13 years he has been boxing. A principal in money management sales at Bernstein Investment Research & Management in New York, he works with the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and spars with the former heavyweight contender, Gerry Cooney. Born in Pecos, Texas, he now lives in New York City.
Bert Randolph Sugar has established himself as one of the world 's foremost sports historians. The former editor-in-chief of The Ring and Fight Game magazines and the author of more than eighty books (including over a dozen books on baseball), Sugar lives with his wife in Chappaqua, New York.
"Oden captures the essence of the fight . . . in the ring and in the real world. An excellent read."
--Donald J. Trump
"Oden has crafted a masterful collection of inspirational stories that any reader, including a mediocre boxer at the U.S. Naval Academy, can take to heart."
--John S. McCain, United States Senator
"The best book I have ever read which connects boxing to life, and the parallels between them."
--Emanuel Steward, famed boxing commentator and world-class trainer to 39 world champions, including Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield, Thomas Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, and Julio Caesar Chavez