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Dick Tiger, Adeyinka Makinde, 1595710426
Dick Tiger
The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal

Adeyinka Makinde

ISBN: 1595710426
Format: Paperback, 294pp
Pub. Date: April 2005
Publisher: Word Association Publishers
BBP Sales Rank: 400,145
List Price: $14.95
 

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Dick Tiger, Adeyinka Makinde, 1595710426
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Dick Tiger was perhaps the greatest fighter to come out of the African continent. Emerging from an environment devoid of substantive traditions in boxing, he would overcome a litany of obstacles before becoming a two-time undisputed world middleweight titlist and an undisputed light heavyweight champion. 'The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal,' the first comprehensive biography of Dick Tiger, puts the man in the context of his times. A migrant fighter to Liverpool, the repository of West African born fighters who kept the British game alive during the industry wide recession of the 1950s, Tiger later moved to America where he established a marquee value seldom attained by non-American fighters and where he played a prominent role as an 'in-house' fighter at the 'Mecca of Boxing,' New York City's Madison Square Garden. His life also personified the hopes, aspirations and the tragedy of the Igbo ethnic group. An avowed apostle of Biafran secession from Nigeria, Tiger's support would cost him dearly. Here is Dick Tiger as never before explained: The 'blue collar' fighter, ageless ringman, commercial venturer, Nigerian patriot and Biafran rebel. From empty bottle trader to wealthy realtor, from Nigerian boxing booths to Madison Square Garden, from journeyman fighter to world championship fighter; 'The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal' is a compelling study of human dignity in triumph and in tragedy.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 
Adeyinka Makinde trained as a barrister and has served as a law lecturer at a number of colleges and universities in the United Kingdom. A student of boxing, his columns and fight reports have appeared on the World Wide Web. This is his first book.

 

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