FOR MORE THAN FIVE YEARS, AUTHOR, EX-FIGHTER, GYM OWNER, AND BOXING PROMOTER ALEXANDRE CHOKO TRAVELED THE WORLD, TRACKING DOWN 55 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN BOXING. Using his insiders’ knowledge of the fight game, he extracted deeper and more personal interviews than many of the people had ever given, including some with boxing figures who have not spoken to the world in decades. Choko combined the best parts of those interviews with hundreds of amazing images of the subjects and their lives in and out of the ring to create this remarkable and unique editorial product.
THE FUTURE OF BOXING is not only a labor of passion, it is also a remarkable addition to the long tradition of boxing literature. Boxing has always been a popular subject for authors from its earliest days to the Golden Age of Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis to the days of Ernest Hemingway extolling the manly virtues of the sport, through the 1960s when Mailer commented on Ali and Plimpton strapped on the gloves. But those books were, for the most part, outsiders looking in. THE FUTURE OF BOXING brings the authentic voices of the champions themselves into clear view. And thanks to Choko’s intimate knowledge of life in the ring, understanding what it is like to face an opponent with just one’s fists to win the day – created a bond between subject and interviewer that led to dozens of heartwarming moments.
- Boxers such as Jake La Motta, George Foreman and Marvelous Marvin Hagler who have not spoken to the press in years opened up to Choko.
- People such as Roberto Duran, Julio Cesar Chavez, and Joe Calzaghe, often reclusive or shy
of the media, confided their stories to Choko.
- Some famous boxing names gave what were probably their last interviews exclusively for this book, including such figures as Jose Torres, Alexis Arguello, and Sir Henry Cooper.
- Even media-savvy superstars such as Oscar de la Hoya, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr and Sugar Ray Leonard gave Choko more than just sound-bite answers to his questions; they were not speaking to a microphone, they were speaking to a passionate fellow who has been in the ring as well.
THE BOOK ALSO FEATURES MORE THAN 600 PHOTOS OF BOXING GREATS, ALONG WITH SECTIONS ON THE WORLD AROUND THE SPORT, FROM CELEBRITIES AND THE IMPACT OF TV TO THE FAMOUS VENUES AND THE LATEST GEAR.
Choko’s one-on-one approach, mirroring the action in the ring, makes THE FUTURE OF BOXING unique among recent boxing books. In addition, a DVD that features the very best of Choko’s interviews is included with the special edition of the book, along with his commentary on meeting these famous figures, and the lengths to which he had to go to track some of them down. This face-to-face look lets readers experience a little of what Choko saw on his World travels to meet with these great from all continents.