Matthew Hurley, Boxing Writer, Voting Member for the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Reviews the Best of the Best in Boxing’s Golden Era

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Current Trends in the Sweet Science Well-Addressed by New Book

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Boxing scribe Matthew Hurley has come out with a dazzling new combination, a classy flurry of opinion and insight on modern and current boxing highlights and pugilists. Ringside Reflections is sure to floor any and all boxing fans with its insider knowledge and brilliant takes of the most memorable moments and analyses of what might be called boxing’s golden era.

This era is very well-covered in Hurley’s book. It starts from the versifying ring genius Muhammad Ali and continues to the present clutch of legendary pound-for-pound fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The lighter weights dominate this work, with heated critiques of the current heavyweights thrown in for good measure. At all times, the Kings of the Ring from the seventies to the early 21st century will amaze with the amount of talent and prodigious endurance displayed. Hurley has got all their moves down – moves that have hypnotized audiences, or engendered mass hysteria among loyal followers of international superstars like Pacquiao.

Hurley’s concentrations are on technique and style, though. He takes the right stand about the expertise demanded by today’s audiences from the practitioners of the sweet science, be they boxer/punchers like Thomas Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler; or whirlwind crowd pleasers like Ricky Hatton and Erik Morales. He also takes a gander at the gentlemen of the ring, those who stood by principles that could not be shaken by the ten count. Technique and style, Ringside Reflections tells readers, have gone the distance since Muhammad Ali flamed out after his demolition by Larry Holmes in 1980. Boxing is truly science and art, sweetened by the best punchers, made more wise by technically efficient knockouts, immortalized by scenes of gladiatorial beauty every time the best fighters come together to hash it out inside the ropes. Hurley’s fascinating volume is a must-read for all fight fans.

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About the Author
Matthew Hurley has been writing about boxing for twelve years. His articles have appeared in Boxing Digest Magazine, Fox Sports, East Side Boxing, Ring Talk and Max Boxing. He is a full time member of the Boxing Writers Association Of America and a voting member for the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. He currently writes for He lives in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Ringside Reflections * by Matthew Hurley
Publication Date: 11/27/2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 151 pages; 978-1-4797-5491-5
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