Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last

By the late s, boxing had lapsed into a moribund state and interest in it was on the wane In , however, the sport was resuscitated by a riveting series of bouts involving an improbably dissimilar quartet Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran The Four Kings of the Ring would fight one another nine times throughout the decade and win sixteen world titles between themLike Ali and Frazier, Dempsey and Tunney, Robinson and LaMotta, these four boxers brought out the best in each other, producing unprecedented multi million dollar gates along the way Each of the nine bouts between the four men was memorable in its own way and at least two of them Leonard Hearns I inand Hagler Hearns inare commonly included on any list of the greatest fights of all time The controversial outcome of another theLeonard Hagler fight remains the subject of heated debates amongst fans to this dayLeonard, Hagler, Hearns and Duran didn t set out to save boxing from itself in the post Ali era, but somehow they managed to do so In Four Kings, award winning journalist George Kimball documents the remarkable effect they had on the sport and argues that we will never see their likes again Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing


About the Author: George Kimball

The 1986 recipient of the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism, George Kimball spent a quarter century as a sports columnist for the Boston Herald before retiring in 2005 A veteran of nearly title bouts, Kimball has covered boxing all over the world since the eras of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, and was the only journalist to cover every fight of Marvelous Marvin Hagler s middleweight reign from start to finish For the past decade he has written a weekly America at Large column for The Irish Times Kimball has received numerous awards for his Boxing, Golf, Baseball, and Olympic coverage, and in retirement, in addition to his Irish Times column, he keeps his hand in the game as a featured columnist for ESPN.com and for the monthly publication Boxing Digest FOUR KINGS Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing was published, to widespread acclaim, by Mainstrean Press in the United Kingdom and by McBooks Press in the United States, and immediately became the best selling boxing book in both countries.He is also the author of American at Large, a collection of his Irish Times columns, and the co author, with Eamonn Coghlan, of Chairman of the Boards, both published by Dublin s Red Rock Press, and has traveled frequently to Ireland for the past four decades He has two children, Darcy 1984 and Teddy 1988 When he and his wife, Dr Marge Marash Kimball, were married in 2004, the ceremony was performed by the Reverend George Foreman The couple lives on the Upper West Side.



10 thoughts on “Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing

  1. Apsalz08 Apsalz08 says:

    I d been looking for a good book about boxing for awhile now, and the consensus seemed to be that this was one of the best out there If this is well, I won t be coming back to boxing books any time soon There was nothin


  2. David David says:

    The author of this book reported on and was at every fight between the four kings The details leading up to their fights are terrific and the fight descriptions themselves are great I took the opportunity to read about eac


  3. Gisela Hausmann Gisela Hausmann says:

    Pete Hamill, American journalist and novelist, writes in his Foreword to George Kimball s book This book is about the last Golden Age of boxing That is, it is about a time when the matches themselves transcended the squalor o


  4. Robert S Robert S says:

    HL Mencken once wrote that he considered news reporting above all else, to be the life of kings However, there was a time in the world where boxing held the crown Boxing as a sport has seen better days in terms of popularity and


  5. Tony McMahon Tony McMahon says:

    Having written the biography of boxer Errol Christie who is mentioned in this book I had to read this hugely well informed odyssey through the glory years of the sport The story focuses on four of the best fighters and the interpla


  6. foundfoundfound foundfoundfound says:

    books on sport ought to be as well written as those on history they seldom, however, are hagler, hearns, leonard duran deserved better than this books on sport ought to be as well written as those on history they seldom, however, are


  7. Joe O& Joe O& says:

    Everything was set up for Four Kings to be one of the truly great boxing books It tells the story of the middleweight boxing division during the 1980s widely recognised as the last glory era for the sport where the four titans of Duran,


  8. Allan McCabe Allan McCabe says:

    Having never lived through the era of the Four Kings, I enjoyed reading this book It was great to learn about each of the boxers and their stories And the book even inspired me to watch their fights back on YouTube.The book can be difficult


  9. Tolkien InMySleep Tolkien InMySleep says:

    A magical era in boxing, when champions were household names and they proved themselves by fighting other champions As the author correctly notes, Hearns may not have been the winner of fights with Hagler and Leonard, but both of them were def


  10. Redwell Redwell says:

    A comprehensive account of four boxing legends and their encounters with one another in the ring This documentary approach is probably better suited for fans than literature buffs Besides the four key fighters, Kimball dishes out wonderful anecdo


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