BOXING BY THE NUMBERS: The Heavyweights
Boxing by the Numbers: The Heavyweights will change the way you look at the fighters who comprise the history of the heavyweight division. Be prepared to see the truth behind the hyperbole that has placed some famous boxers on pedestals built on a shaky foundation. Conversely, be ready to discover the true accomplishments and credentials of fighters who for whatever reason never received the credit due them.
Using advanced algorithms and taking the concept of evaluating a fighter by the worth of his competition to unprecedented lengths, Boxing by the Numbers: The Heavyweights employs a rating system that is predicated on looking at each fight in a boxer's career through the lens of the men the fighter faced. The prevailing question is not only who did the fighter meet in the ring but when did he meet them. This simplistic approach is taken to a deeper level than ever before because not only is the opponent of the selected fighter qualified but also the opposition of each opponent, with the cycle repeating itself for several iterations.
However, it isn't simply the record of a fighter that is analyzed but also important aspects of the fighter's make-up: his power, his chin, his endurance and more.
Speaking of "records", Boxing by the Numbers: The Heavyweights proves beyond a doubt that nothing in boxing is as specious and prone to misinterpretation that a fighter's won-lost record. If you previously had the insight into the fallacy of the career record of a fighter before reading this book, you'll come away completely convinced after consuming the information presented in it.
But Boxing by the Numbers: The Heavyweights isn't just a look at fighters and their records. The book takes on and shatters various boxing myths:
Earnie Shavers is NOT the hardest hitting heavyweight in the annals of the division, not even a Top Five.
The so-called "Huge Heavyweights" that have populated the scene have created a false bias against the smaller heavyweights of past decades.
Fighters who have had the misfortune of suffering through the death of an opponent may be emotionally effected but, performance-wise, they are seldom "changed fighters".
Light-heavyweights have made far more of an impact on the heavyweight division than one might imagine.
Jack Dempsey isn't a Top Five heavyweight; but is he even a Top Ten?
THESE AND MANY OTHER EYE-OPENING BOXING TRUISMS ARE PUT UNDER THE MICROSCOPE IN THIS GROUND-BREAKING PUBLICATION