Category Archives: boxing

Troy Rondinone’s new book Friday Night Fighter tells the story of Gaspar “Indio” Ortega, who was a hero for many Latin Americans as one of the first Mexicans to appear on national television.  Ortega was a standout in the ring during the Gillette … Continue reading

  Though quibbling a bit with Andrew O’Toole’s portrayal of the Joe Louis-Billy Conn rematch (was it fixed?), recommends Sweet William: The Life of Billy Conn. “O’Toole recounts Conn’s rise vividly and gives this reader real insight into Billy Conn’s … Continue reading

On January 6th the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published Roy McHugh’s review of Sweet William: The Life of Billy Conn. “Other than Ali, there was never a fighter as handsome. Warner Brothers asked him to play the 19th-century champion Gentleman Jim Corbett in … Continue reading

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured Sweet William, Andrew O’Toole’s biography of hometown boxing legend Billy Conn, in its December 30th edition. “Before Roberto Clemente, Terry Bradshaw or Mario Lemieux became household names, Billy Conn was Pittsburgh’s most famous athlete. In Andrew O’Toole’s … Continue reading

  Thomas Hauser, writing for the boxing site, recommends four University of Illinois Press boxing titles for your holiday gift list, including Sweet William, Andrew O’Toole’s new biography of Billy Conn.  “The two Louis-Conn fights are the highlight of O’Toole’s … Continue reading