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The Black Lights


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Thomas Hauser, author and attorney, has written several books, including Muhammed Ali: His Life and Times. He lives in New York City.


Hauser (Missing, The Family Legal Companion) followed the fortunes of former WBC superlightweight champion Billy Costello in the fall of 1984, using the boxer's preparations for a title defense as the springboard to examine the sport itself. He makes clear that TV now controls boxing and that sports promoters Don King and Bob Arum enjoy a virtual monopoly because the networks find that a convenient arrangement. Hauser also shows the paternal relationships of manager Mike Jones and trainer Victor Valle with Costello, both aiding him for reasons beyond money. And he looks at the seamier side of the Sweet Science, from grubby gyms to the fate that awaits those who, like Muhammad Ali, have taken too many punches. The book is informative, and the suspense built up around the big fight is masterfully handled. Major ad/promo. November 4

""Quite simply the best book on the fight game since Liebling's The Sweet Science."" - Kirkus

""The Black Lights has become a boxing classic. It illuminates aspects of the boxing world generally unknown to outsiders, and is a wonderfully readable, judiciously proportioned book."" - The New York Review of Books

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