Boxing is not my favorite sport, but I absolutely love photography. Photographer Howard Schatz took phenomenal pictures for this book. At first glance you might think this is a pretty coffee table book. I know I did. It most definitely is not. Individual fights, scores and records are listed. Each boxer in the book was interviewed and had his portrait taken by Schatz. Some of the amazing photographs are in color, others in black and white, and others are action shots. Also included, are many portraits and interviews with boxing promoters, trainers, and ringside physicians which really give readers who are not familiar with the sport insight into why an athlete would choose to put on some shorts and gloves, hop into a boxing ring and get himself beaten up. On the artistic side, if you like any of the photographs in this book I highly recommend going to Howard Schatz's website to see his impressive portfolio.
The Milwaukee County Federated Library System owns two copies of At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing. One copy can be checked out; the other copy is a reference item and can only be viewed at Central Library in the Art, Music and Recreation Department.
Valerie @ Central