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Boxing in New Mexico, 1868-1940

by Chris Cozzone

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Boxing in New Mexico, 1868-1940, is meticulously researched, amply illustrated, and well-written. The index isn't very comprehensive. The author, Chris Cozzone, clearly is passionate about his subject. The back cover's blurb leads one to believe that the narrative focuses on the sociocultural history of boxing in New Mexico. In reality, the book focuses more on the minutiae of the fights themselves.

Cozzone gives the deceased Jim Boggio coauthor credit. In the course of his own later research, Cozzone was put in contact with Boggio's widow and obtained access to the wealth of information Boggio had spent a decade accumulating. That Cozzone thought enough of the research of a man he had never met to share authorship speaks to the passion of both men, and to the breadth of information Boggio had collected.

Boxing in New Mexico is recommend to readers who are interested in boxing or New Mexican history.

(This review is based on a non-ARC print copy received from the publisher, so comments about indexing are applicable.)

NB: This review originally was entered on LT on 3/28/14 and was reentered, without edits, on 8/16/16. ( )
  LibraryPerilous | Aug 16, 2016 |
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This is a very interesting book on a very detailed subject matter. I did not expect to find such an interesting history with as many events. The historical context and tie-ins made me think of this like the written version of a Ken Burns documentary. The authors did a great job of adding visuals. It would be interesting to see if this could lead to other projects, I know the authors have ties to the region, but I would love to see a coffee table book of the history of boxing in each state. Very well researched. The only con is that it is a bit long. ( )
  tomrnoonan | Oct 6, 2013 |
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On June 28, 1868, a group of men gathered alongside a road 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl between well-known Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and "Jack," an unidentified fighter who died of his injuries. Thought to be the first "official" prizefight in New Mexico, this tragic spectacle marked the beginning of the rich and varied history of boxing in the state. Oftentimes an underdog in its battles with the law and public opinion, boxing in New Mexico has paralleled the state's struggles and glories, through the Wild West, statehood, the Depression, war, and economic growth. It is a story set in boomtowns, ghost towns and mining camps, along railroads and in casinos, and populated by cowboys, soldiers, laborers, barrio-bred locals and more. This work chronicles more than 70 years of New Mexico's colorful boxing past, representing the most in-depth exploration of prizefighting in one region yet undertaken.
  dekan | Sep 8, 2013 |
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Boxing in New Mexico is possibly the most thoroughly researched single volume history I have read. Jim Boggio spent ten years researching the history of boxing in New Mexico before his death. Later Chris Cozzone independently began the same research and, eventually, learned of Boggio’s efforts. Boggio’s widow gave Cozzone access to Jim’s work and thanks to their combined seventeen years of research we have this book.
Cozzone is an exceptional writer and the book is filled with many very interesting characters and stories, my favorite being Jack Johnson's first defense of his heavyweight championship but there are almost as many choices here as there are tastes. However, the book would have benefited from an editor with a firm hand and some sharp scissors. During the first forty years the book covers boxing is outlawed in New Mexico but Cozzone spends nearly one hundred pages covering the era. The political and economic maneuvering by the pro and anti boxing forces was interesting. The very few fights that took place were interesting. But honestly the pages, and my time, could have been better spent and the interesting bits could fit in a fraction of the space. Still, it is an enjoyable read that I recommend to any boxing fan or cultural historian. It is just a shame that it is not a few (50?) pages shorter. ( )
  TLCrawford | Aug 15, 2013 |
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Although this book is not your typical history, as it is written by journalists. I thought it was very well written and engaging. I am not a boxing fan, but the stories presented were quite interesting. I would recommend this book to a variety of people: those interesting in the sport of boxing, those interested in history, more specifically the history of New Mexico and those who like to read a good sports story.

Received from Library Thing giveaway. ( )
  onenita | Jul 25, 2013 |
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This book's gotten bigger than I originally intended.
- Jim Boggio, 1994
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For the late Jim Boggio. And the hundreds of named and nameless boxing scribes who captured the action.
- Chris Cozzone
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To appreciate the fighting men and women of New Mexico, one has to first have a sense of the state itself.
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