Boxing Books

For your boxing library: As a boxing fan and an avid reader the boxing books listed below are my top 100 plus favorites (in alphabetical order). They include biographies, fiction, non-fiction, instructional, newly published and old boxing books that I have read and enjoyed. Yes, I have read all these books and many more that didn't make it on the list. Keep in mind that I am not a book critic. I just love boxing and reading books on boxing.

  1. A Beautiful Sickness: Reflections on the Sweet Science
    by Thomas Hauser
  2. A Clenched Fist
    by Peter Wood
  3. A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s
    by Roger Kahn
  4. A Neutral Corner: Boxing Essays
    by A. J. Liebling, Fred Warner, James Barbour
  5. A Savage Business: The Comeback and Comedown of Mike Tyson
    by Richard Hoffer
  6. A Year at the Fights
    by Thomas Hauser
  7. Al Bernstein: 30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths About Boxing, Sports, and TV
    by Al Bernstein
  8. An Illustrated History of Boxing
    by Nat Fleischer, Sam Andre, Nigel Collins, Dan Rafael
  9. Atlas: From the Streets to the Ring: A Son's Struggle to Become a Man
    by Teddy Atlas, Peter Alson
  10. Bad Intentions: The Mike Tyson Story
    by Peter Niels Heller
  11. Bare Fists: The History of Bare Knuckle Prize Fighting
    by Bob Mee
  12. Barney Ross
    by Douglas Century
  13. Battling Siki: A Tale of Ring Fixes, Race, and Murder in the 1920s
    by Peter Benson
  14. Bert Sugar's Boxing Encyclopedia: Everything You Want to Know, and More
    by Bert Randolph Sugar
  15. Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling, and a World on the Brink
    by David Margolick
  16. Blood Game
    by Ed Gorman
  17. Blood in My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor
    by Ferdie Pacheco
  18. Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer
    by Loic Wacquant
  19. Box: The Face of Boxing
    by Holger Keifel and Thomas Hauser
  20. Boxer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Boxing
    by Doug Werner
  21. Boxiana; or, Sketches of Ancient and Modern Pugilism, from the Days of the Renowned Broughton and Slack, to the Championship of Cribb: Volume 1
    by Pierce Egan
  22. Boxing
    by Bertram Job
  23. Boxing: A Cultural History
    by Kasia Boddy
  24. Boxing and Society: An International Analysis
    by John Sugden
  25. Boxing Babylon
    by Nigel Collins
  26. Boxing's Best Short Stories
    by Paul D. Staudohar
  27. Boxing Confidential: Power, Corruption and the Richest Prize in Sport
    by Jim Brady
  28. Boxing's Dirty Tricks and Outlaw Killer Punches
    by Champ Thomas
  29. Boxing for Cuba: An Immigrant's Story
    by Guillermo Vicente Vidal
  30. Boxing's Greatest Fighters
    by Bert Randolph Sugar
  31. Boxing: Heroes & Champions
    by Bob Mee
  32. Boxing Interviews of a Lifetime
    by "Bad" Brad Berkwitt
  33. Boxing Is My Sanctuary
    by Ted Sares
  34. Boxing Mastery: Advanced Technique, Tactics, and Strategies from the Sweet Science
    by Mark Hatmaker, Doug Werner
  35. Boxing
    by Burt Randolph Sugar, photographs by Larry Fink
  36. Boxing Stories (The Works of Robert E. Howard)
    by Robert E. Howard
  37. Brad Cooney's Let's Talk Boxing
    by Brad Cooney
  38. Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter
    by Ron Ross
  39. Championship Streetfighting: Boxing As A Martial Art
    by Ned Beaumont
  40. Chaos, Corruption, Courage and Glory
    by Thomas Hauser
  41. Cinderella Man
    by Michael DeLisa
  42. Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History
    by Jeremy Schaap
  43. Confessions of a Fighter
    by Peter Wood
  44. Corner Men: Great Boxing Trainers
    by Ronald K. Fried
  45. Cut Time: An Education at the Fights
    by Carlo Rotella
  46. Facing Ali: 15 Fighters / 15 Stories
    by Stephen Brunt
  47. Fat City
    by Leonard Gardner
  48. Fight Town: Las Vegas - the Boxing Capital of the World
    by Tim Dahlberg
  49. Fighting Ruben Wolfe
    by Markus Zusak
  50. Four Kings: Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran and the Last Great Era of Boxing
    by George Kimball
  51. Ghosts of Manila: The Fateful Blood Feud Between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier
    by Mark Kram
  52. Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Roberto Duran
    by Christian Giudice
  53. How to Be an Ass-Whipping Boxer
    by Champ Thomas
  54. Inside the Ropes
    by Arthur Mercante and Phil Guarnieri
  55. In the Corner: Great Boxing Trainers Talk About Their Art
    by Dave Anderson
  56. In This Corner...!: Forty-Two World Champions Tell Their Stories
    by Peter Heller
  57. Irish Thunder: The Hard Life and Times of Mickey Ward
    by Bob Halloran
  58. Iron Mike: A Mike Tyson Reader
    by Daniel O'Connor
  59. Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler
    by Randy Roberts
  60. Joe Louis: The Great Black Hope
    by Richard Bak
  61. John L. Sullivan and His America
    by Michael T. Isenberg
  62. King of the World: Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
    by David Remnick
  63. Lennox
    by Lennox Lewis
  64. Let's Get It On: Tough Talk from Boxing's Top Ref and Nevada's Most Outspoken Judge
    by Mills Lane
  65. Mike Tyson: Money, Myth and Betrayal
    by Montieth M. Illingworth
  66. Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner (aka Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner)
    by F. X. Toole
  67. Mi Vida Loca: The Crazy Life of Johnny Tapia
    by Johnny Tapia and Bettina Gilois
  68. Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
    by Thomas Hauser
  69. Murder on the Ropes: Original Boxing Mysteries
    by Otto Penzler
  70. My View from the Corner
    by Angelo Dundee and Bert Randolph Sugar
  71. Nine...Ten...And Out!: The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith
    by Ron Ross
  72. On Boxing
    by Joyce Carol Oates
  73. Only the Ring Was Square
    by Teddy Brenner
  74. Pound for Pound: A Biography of Sugar Ray Robinson
    by Herb Boyd, Ray Robinson
  75. Pound for Pound: A Novel
    by F. X. Toole
  76. Raging Bull: My Story
    by Jake La Motta, Joseph Carter, Peter Savage
  77. Reading the Fights: The Best Writing About the Most Controversial of Sports
    by Joyce Carol Oates and Daniel Halpern
  78. Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
    by Budd Schulberg
  79. Rocky Marciano: The Rock of His Times
    by Russell Sullivan
  80. Savage Science Of Streetfighting: Applying The Lessons Of Championship Boxing To Serious Street Survival
    by Ned Beaumont
  81. Serenity: A Boxing Memoir
    by Ralph Wiley
  82. Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice & the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms
    by Jim Lommasson, Joe Frazier, Bert Sugar, John Gattuso
  83. Sonny Liston - The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights
    by Paul R Gallender
  84. Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship
    by Dave Kindred
  85. Standing Eight: The Inspiring Story of Jesus "El Matador" Chavez, Who Became Lightweight Champion Of The World
    by Adam Pitluk
  86. Sugar Ray: The Sugar Ray Robinson Story
    by Sugar Ray Robinson and Dave Anderson
  87. Sugar Ray Leonard: The Big Fight
    by Sugar Ray Robinson with Michael Arkush
  88. Tent Boxing
    by Wayne McLennan
  89. The Ageless Warrior: The Life of Boxing Legend Archie Moore
    by Jake Lamotta and Mike Fitzgerald
  90. The Bite Fight: Tyson, Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever
    by George Willis
  91. The Black Hand: The Story of Rene "Boxer" Enriquez and His Life in the Mexican Mafia
    by Chris Blatchford
  92. The Black Lights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing
    by Thomas Hauser
  93. The Book of Boxing
    by W. C. Heinz, Nathan Ward
  94. The Boxer's Workout
    by Peter Depasquale
  95. The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book
    by James Roberts and Alexander Skutt
  96. The Devil and Sonny Liston
    by Nick Tosches
  97. The Fight
    by Norman Mailer
  98. The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle
    by Robert Anasi
  99. The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
    by Mark Kriegel
  100. The Greatest Boxing Stories Ever Told: Thirty-Six Incredible Tales from the Ring
    by Jeff Silverman
  101. The Harder They Fall
    by Budd Schulberg
  102. The Hardest Game: McIlvanney on Boxing
    by Hugh McIlvanney
  103. The Holyfield Way: What I Learned about Courage, Perseverance, and the Bizarre World of Boxing
    by James J Thomas
  104. The Killings of Stanley Ketchel
    by James Carlos Blake
  105. The Last Great Fight
    by Joe Layden
  106. The Life and Crimes of Don King: The Shame of Boxing in America
    by Jack Newfield
  107. The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America
    by Elliott J. Gorn
  108. The Onion Picker: Carmen Basilio and Boxing in the 1950s
    by Gary B. Youmans
  109. The Prince and the Prophet: The Rise of Naseem Hamed
    by Nick Pitt
  110. The Professional
    by W. C. Heinz
  111. The Science of Boxing
    by Mike Donovan
  112. The Speed Bag Bible
    by Alan H. Kahn
  113. The Sweet Science
    by Robert Anasi and A.J. Liebling
  114. The Tomato Can
    by Ron Ross
  115. The View From Ringside: Inside the Tumultuous World of Boxing
    by Thomas Hauser
  116. This Bloody Mary Is the Last Thing I Own: A Journey to the End of Boxing
    by Jonathan Rendall
  117. Tunney: Boxing's Brainiest Champ and His Upset of the Great Jack Dempsey
    by Jack Cavanaugh
  118. Undefeated: Rocky Marciano -- the Fighter who Refused to Lose
    by Everett M. Skehan, Peter Louis, Mary Anne Marciano and Stanley Bauman
  119. Undisputed Truth Hardcover
    by Mike Tyson
  120. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
    by Geoffrey C. Ward
  121. Unlicensed: Random Notes from Boxing's Underbelly
    by Jon Hotten
  122. Victory Over Myself
    by Floyd Patterson and Milton Gross
  123. White Collar Boxing: One Man's Journey from the Office to the Ring
    by John E. Oden
  124. Workouts from Boxing's Greatest Champs: Get in Shape with Muhammad Ali, Fernando Vargas, Roy Jones Jr., and Other Legends
    by Gary Todd

Also see boxing movies for recommendations.