hitters_coverHitters, Dancers and Ring Magicians: Seven Boxers of the Golden Age and Their Challengers

By Kelly Richard Nicholson


This volume offers detailed information about the boxers who were active during boxing’s “Golden Age,” 1890 to 1910, focusing primarily on George “Kid” Lavigne, Bob Fitzsimmons, Barbados Joe Walcott, Joe Gans, Terry McGovern, Sam Langford, and Stanley Ketchel, and their opponents, who were also key figures.

About the Author

Writer and educator Kelly Richard Nicholson has worked in China, Russia, and the Slovak Republic, as well as Utah, New Jersey, and his native Pacific Northwest. He has been a visiting professor of philosophy at the University of Wales at Lampeter, and has written four books on philosophy and one other on boxing.


“A discussion that will inform and delight both general reader and historian.”–Tracy Callis, IBRO research historian

“Nicholson explores an era when prizefighting was evolving into boxing, when fist-fighting as a blood sport and a test of will and honor was giving way to hit and don’t be hit. A book that should be read.”–Harry Shaffer, Antiquities of the Prize Ring

“A fantastic read…unsung heroes get their due, and the author’s spirit lights up every page.”–Bob Oleson, veteran boxing trainer, promoter, and matchmaker.

ISBN 978-0-7864-4990-3

13 photos, notes, bibliography, index

226pp. softcover 2011


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