Feature | Nov 09 2019

How to become a boxing writer

Tris Dixon talks to two of the greatest boxing writers in history about the trials and tribulations of writing a boxing book

ASK a well-read boxing fan to list their favourite 10, nay, five books and you will likely find work published by Thomas Hauser or Donald McRae at the summit.

They are two of the modern greats of the genre, authors who write lines you dream of being able to construct, who effortlessly succeed in generating the best quotes from the most timid interviewee and who can create a narrative so absorbing it can send you into a gloomy spiral knowing you have reached the end of something quite magnificent.

Their work not only stands the test of time, people from all walks of life can enjoy it. A boxing historian may dog-ear pages as he goes along, marking future points of reference, while a twenty-something holiday-maker can lose days glued to a kindle.


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