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The Boxing Register:
International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book
By James B. Roberts and Alexander G. Skutt

Reviewer: Marc Maturo, MarcMyWords.net; Lifetime member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and sports copy editor for The Journal News, White Plains, N.Y.

For professional boxing enthusiasts and anyone involved with The Sweet Science, the newly expanded and revised fourth edition of The Boxing Register is a must-get. This edition has complete fight-by-fight records of all IBHOF inductees through 2006. And for those among us who fondly remember the black-cover-encased Ring Record Book, which ceased publication in 1987, the IBHOF's effort is, without doubt, even better.

This record book, which must be considered a showcase for the sport, despite the proliferation of record-keeping organizations on the Internet, is a treasure trove of information that goes beyond just the listing of a boxer's ring record. Roberts and Skutt do a marvelous job of presenting each fighter, fight by fight, for those who competed in the "modern era." The layout is almost picture perfect, with concise summaries and vivid pictorial offerings. Not to mention lengthy examinations of each fighter's career -- with the big names, as expected, receiving the longer treatment.

The record book is broken into four major sections: Pioneers; Old-Timers; Modern Era; and, gratefully, Non-Combatants, the sport's supporting cast, so to speak, from the writer and publisher Thomas S. Andrews to the prolific magazine publisher Stanley Weston. The Non-Combatants' segment highlights 85 individuals; the number easily could have been 1,085, but it's a very nice addition.

This work should become a standard reference source for anyone involved in the sport, as well as for those of us who are boxing devotees. It's a must-buy triple.

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