Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Pound For Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson
Herb Boyd (with Ray Robinson)


Hailed by critics as a long-overdue portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson, a man as elusive outside the ring as he was magisterial in it, Pound by Pound is a lively and nuanced profile of an athlete who is arguably the best boxer the scene has ever seen. But the same discipline that Robinson brought to the sport eluded him at home, leading him to emotionally and physically abuse his family. Exposing Robinson’s flaws as well as putting his career in the context of his life, this book tells for the first time the full story of a truly complex man.

Paperback, 336pp
HarperCollins, 2006
ISBN 9780060934385