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My Fight / Your Fight - The Official Autobiography (Paperback): Ronda Rousey My Fight / Your Fight - The Official Autobiography (Paperback)
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R248 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R39 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me not to be, and I call it a 'Do-Nothing B-tch'. It's the kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by somebody else. That's why I think it's hilarious when people say that my body looks masculine or something. Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f-cking millionaires, doesn't mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as f-ck because there isn't a single muscle on my body that doesn't have a purpose because I'm not a 'Do-Nothing B-tch'!."

When Ronda Rousey made this speech she inspired women everywhere. Beyonce even played a recording on-stage and it went viral. But Rousey has been inspiring others her whole career. The journey to the top for the most dominant mixed-martial-arts fighter in history has been filled with challenges. From a childhood marked by speech problems to the painful loss of her father, she grew up repeatedly pushing her mind and body to the limit in order to win. She battled prejudice to become the first female fighter in UFC. Now she is the biggest name in the sport, breaking attendance levels and re-writing the history books with her astonishing knockout victories, most in under a minute. She has also forged a successful Hollywood career as an actor. In this honest and inspiring book, Rousey relives her greatest fights and shares her secrets for success and mental toughness. She reveals how we can all be at our best, even on our worst days, and how we can turn our limitations into opportunities.

It will leave you ready to face your own challenges in life, whatever they may be.

Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed): Mark Schultz, David Thomas Foxcatcher - A True Story Of Murder, Madness And The Quest For Olympic Gold (Paperback, Ed)
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R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the gripping true crime story that inspired the major new Oscar-nominated motion picture which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.

The Foxcatcher estate, Pennsylvania, January 1996. Billionaire John du Pont fatally kills someone. After a two day siege at the ranch, du Pont is finally apprehended. It wasn't supposed to end that way. Du Pont had lured to his ranch America's top wrestlers, the brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, with the dream of building a world-class team. But as he grew paranoid and controlling, the brothers realised they were trapped. No one knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than Mark Schultz. This book is a searing portrait of the relationship he and his brother had with du Pont, whose catastrophic break from reality led to tragedy.

Now a major motion picture, the incredible true story of these championship-winning brothers and the wealthiest convicted murderer of all time will be enjoyed by fans of Argo, Captain Phillips and American Hustle.

Wrestling For My Life - The Legend, The Reality And The Faith Of A WWE Superstar (Hardcover): Shawn Michaels Wrestling For My Life - The Legend, The Reality And The Faith Of A WWE Superstar (Hardcover)
Shawn Michaels; As told to David Thomas
R464 R429 Discovery Miles 4 290 Save R35 (8%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Wrestling For My Life, WWE superstar Shawn Michaels shares from his heart about the highs and lows of his life inside the WWE.

Included are some never-before-shared stories and an intimate look into his career as well as stories of hunting, family, and faith. With millions of fans, Michaels had adulation and all the attention he could ask for, but he discovered there was something more. When he became a committed Christian during his years in the WWE it had to affect everything.

Michaels reveals what it is like to be a man of faith in this unusual world and shares insights for all of us.

The Life And Times Of Stanley Christodoulou - The Remarkable Story Of World Boxing's Championship Referee And Judge... The Life And Times Of Stanley Christodoulou - The Remarkable Story Of World Boxing's Championship Referee And Judge (Paperback)
Stanley Christodoulou, Graham Clark, David Isaacson
R275 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

On bended knee, he leaned over the stricken boxer and counted him out. When he waved the fight over, there was exactly one second to go in the dramatic and brutal world championship bout and VŪctor GalŪndez had retained his title. But the referee, his shirt stained with the champion’s blood, had cemented his reputation as a cool professional, one destined to become an esteemed figure in world boxing.

South Africa’s own Stanley Christodoulou has officiated an unprecedented 242 world title fights over five decades, some of them among the most iconic in boxing history, and became his nation’s very first inductee into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He rose from humble beginnings, learning his trade in the South African townships of the 1960s, and went on to lead his national boxing board as it sought to shed the racial restrictions of the apartheid era. It was a contribution to his country’s sporting landscape that saw him recognised by the president of the ‘new’ South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

The Life and Times of Stanley Christodoulou is Stanley’s memoir in boxing. It takes the reader to a privileged position, inside the ropes with champions and into the company of boxing legends.

The SuperFight - Marvelous Marvin Hagler - Sugar Ray Leonard (Hardcover): Brian Doogan The SuperFight - Marvelous Marvin Hagler - Sugar Ray Leonard (Hardcover)
Brian Doogan
R534 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R101 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Two of the most prominent and celebrated athletes in the world, Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard came together to contest the $100million SuperFight on April 6, 1987 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. From Frank Sinatra to U2, Joan Collins to Whoopi Goldberg, the stars were drawn to ringside by the huge box-office appeal of the blue-collar, dominant world middleweight champion facing his nemesis, the charismatic and flamboyant Sugar Ray, who was coming out of virtually five years of retirement. Drawing on his deep reservoir of nerve, outstanding technique and a strategy which Budd Schulberg - who provided Marlon Brando with the immortal line, 'I coulda been a contender' - called a compound optical illusion, Leonard won on points. It was boxing's greatest comeback, but to this day the judges' decision remains bitterly contested and not merely by the protagonists. But the story of The SuperFight is much more than the story of the fight, for it details two remarkable lives, the demons that drove both men and the formidable challenges they overcame inside and outside the ring. Hagler grew up in the Newark, New Jersey ghetto of Central Ward, where a riot/rebellion rooted in racism claimed the lives of 26 people, injured 1,000 more and, to the young teenager, was "like the end of the world". Fuelled by anger, he climbed to the top of his domain and ruled for seven years as champion, one of the most accomplished in boxing's annals. Leonard was an Olympic gold medallist and all-American hero whose career was cut short by a detached retina after he became the world welterweight king. He was Muhammad Ali's gifted and anointed successor but he succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse and for years was tormented by a secret - the sexual abuse he endured as an amateur boxer by a trusted coach. As provocative and polarising in its own way as Ali's defining rivalry with Joe Frazier, this is the story of The SuperFight, of Marvin Hagler and Ray Leonard and a fierce fire that still burns.

Robey Leibbrandt - 'n Lewe van Fanatisme (Afrikaans, Paperback): Albert Blake Robey Leibbrandt - 'n Lewe van Fanatisme (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Albert Blake
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

ín Epiese reis in ín klein seiljag van Frankryk tot aan die Namakwalandse kus gedurende die Tweede WÍreldoorlog, sabotasiepogings en planne om Eerste Minister Jan Smuts in ín sluipmoord om die lewe te bring . . . In die vroeŽ 1940ís is die Suid-Afrikaanse publiek aangegryp deur die uitdagende optrede van die Olimpiese bokser en swaargewigkampioen Robey Leibbrandt. Hy was dodelik gekant teen Suid-Afrika se deelname aan die oorlog.

Sy ekstremisme, opvlieŽnd-heid en onverdraagsaamheid was tipies van ín politieke fanatikus. Leibbrandt het ín aanhanger van Nasionaal-Sosialisme geword toe hy in 1936 vir Suid-Afrika in Berlyn aan die Olimpiese Spele gaan deelneem het. Hy was besig met opleiding in Europa toe die oorlog uitbreek. Die Duitse militÍre intelligensiediens het hom kort daarna gewerf om sabotasieopleiding te ontvang. Die Duitsers het Leibbrandt teruggestuur na Suid-Afrika as deel van Operasie Weissdorn. Sy missie? Om die militante deel van die Afrikaner-opposisie te werf en met hulle hulp skeeps- en haweinstallasies, asook nywerhede, te vernietig, en om oproer in die Uniemagte te stook.

Dit was nie lank nie of die polisie was op Leibbrandt se spoor en hy is nŠ een van die grootste polisiesoektogte in hegtenis geneem. Sy hoogverraadsaak in 1943 en 1944 het hoofopskrifte gehaal. Diť biografie werp nuwe lig op hierdie enigmatiese historiese figuur en wat sy fanatisme aangevuur het.

The Shotokan Karate Handbook - Beginner to Black Belt (Paperback): Gursharan Sahota The Shotokan Karate Handbook - Beginner to Black Belt (Paperback)
Gursharan Sahota
R403 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R125 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

There have been numerous books written on the subject of Karate, including many that claim to show an easy, step-by-step, way of becoming a black belt by the third chapter. In a martial art such as Karate, it is extremely rare to find a book that can help the student with the physical aspect of Karate to any great degree. However, every now and then a publication appears on the bookstands that can do just that. One such book is this one. The following pages contain a wealth of information on the Kihon, Kata, and Kumite aspects of Traditional Shotokan. Written in an easy to follow manner, and supplemented by an extremely comprehensive set of photographs, this handbook is easily one of the more superior publications available.

Bruce Lee - A Life (Hardcover): Matthew Polly Bruce Lee - A Life (Hardcover)
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R678 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R240 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Sunday Times Book of the Year 'For anyone interested in Lee's legacy, this is a roundhouse kick of a biography' - Sunday Times 'At last, Bruce Lee has the powerful biography he deserves... It will thrill Lee's fans and fascinate the unfamiliar' - Jonathan Eig, author of Ali: A Life and Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig 'Meticulously researched' - Jimmy McDonough, author of Shakey: Neil Young's Biography and Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green 'You won't find a better match for a biographer with his subject than Matthew Polly and Bruce Lee... A definitive biography, told with passion and punch' - Brian Jay Jones, author George Lucas: A Life and Jim Henson: The Biography. More than forty years after Bruce Lee's sudden death at age 32, journalist and author Matthew Polly has written the definitive account of Lee's life. It's also one of the only accounts; incredibly, there has never been an authoritative biography of Lee. Following a decade of research that included conducting more than one hundred interviews with Lee's family, friends, business associates and even the mistress in whose bed Lee died, Polly has constructed a complex, humane portrait of the icon. There are his early years as a child star in Hong Kong cinema; his actor father's struggles with opium addiction and how that turned Bruce into a troublemaking teenager who was kicked out of high school and eventually sent to America to shape up; his beginnings as a martial arts teacher, eventually becoming personal instructor to movie stars like Steve McQueen; his struggles as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood and frustration seeing role after role he auditioned for go to white actors in eye makeup; his eventual triumph as a leading man; his challenges juggling a sky-rocketing career with his duties as a father and husband; and his shocking end that to this day is still shrouded in mystery. Polly breaks down the myth of Bruce Lee and argues that, contrary to popular belief, he was an ambitious actor who was obsessed with martial arts-not a great kung-fu master who just so happened to make a couple of movies. The book offers an honest look at an impressive yet flawed man whose personal story was even more entertaining and inspiring than any fictional role he played on-screen. Praise for Matthew Polly 'Hypnotic...Tapped Out manages to humanize a sport once demonized as "human cockfighting" by deconstructing the stereotype of the martial-arts tough guy.' - New York Times 'Tapped Out is a knockout for MMA fans, who will laugh at the intimate portraits Polly sketches of some of the sport's most famous personalities. But it also works for those not familiar with the sport...You won't be disappointed.' - OpposingViews.com 'A delight to read.' - TheFightNerd.com 'Polly's self-deprecation in the painful learning process stands out as much as the witty prose. His delivery is Plimpton-esque.' - ESPN.com 'Smoothly written . . . Polly has a good eye for characters.' - Publishers Weekly

Undisputed Truth - My Autobiography (Paperback): Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Mike Tyson 1
R280 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R56 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

One of the most talked-about and bestselling books of last year, this is the no-holds-barred autobiography of a sporting legend driven to the brink of self-destruction The bestseller that has everyone talking. In this, his first, autobiography, `Iron' Mike Tyson pulls no punches and lays bare the story of his remarkable life and career. Co-written with Larry Sloman, author of Antony Keidis's best-selling memoir `Scar Tissue', this is a visceral, and unputdown-able story of a man born and raised to brutality, who reached the heights of stardom before falling to crime, substance abuse and infamy. Full of all the controversy and complexity that you would expect from a man who delighted as much as he shocked, this is a book that will surprise and reveals a fascinating character beneath the exterior of violence. If you think you know all about Mike Tyson, read this book and think again.

In Sunshine or in Shadow - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize (Hardcover): Donald McRae In Sunshine or in Shadow - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize (Hardcover)
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R533 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R187 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 'One of the most captivating boxing writers on the planet' Barry McGuigan 'A superb tale...His inspirational story celebrates peace and reconciliation' Daily Telegraph Multi-award-winning author Donald McRae's stunning new book is a powerful tale of hope and redemption across the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland - thanks to boxing. At the height of the Troubles, Gerry Storey ran the Holy Family gym from the IRA's heartland territory of New Lodge in Belfast. Despite coming from a family steeped in the Republican movement, he insisted that it would be open to all. He ensured that his boxers were given a free pass by paramilitary forces on both Republican and Loyalist sides, so they could find a way out of the province's desperate situation. In the immediate aftermath of the 1981 Hunger Strikes, Storey would also visit the Maze prison twice a week to train the inmates from each community, separately. In itself, this would be a heroic story, but Storey went further than that: he became the trainer for world champion Barry McGuigan and Olympian Hugh Russell, who became one of the most famous photographers to document the Troubles. Even with all his success and the support of both sides, Storey still found himself subjected to three bomb attacks from those who were implacably hostile to any form of reconciliation. He also worked with the Protestant boxer Davy Larmour, who fought two bloody battles in the ring against Russell, his Catholic friend. At the same time, in Derry, the British and European lightweight champion Charlie Nash fought without bitterness after his brother was killed and his father was shot on Bloody Sunday - the most infamous day of the conflict. Now, Donald McRae reveals the extraordinary tale of those troubled times. After years of research and intimate interviews with the key characters in this story, he shows us how the violent business of boxing became a haven of peace and hope for these remarkable and compassionate men. In Sunshine or in Shadow is an inspirational story of triumph over adversity and celebrates the reconciliation that can take place when two fighters meet each other in the ring, rather than outside it. '[An] outstanding and important book, Don McRae's powerful storytelling shows the courage of the people of the North' Andy Lee

Meditations In A Crisis - A Practical Guide With 8 Meditation Exercises For Adults & Children (Paperback): Paul Kolberg Meditations In A Crisis - A Practical Guide With 8 Meditation Exercises For Adults & Children (Paperback)
Paul Kolberg
R180 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R18 (10%) In stock

The ability to stop overthinking and worrying is essential for our mental and physical health, but it takes at least some effort. Recognising the demands and pressures of life in a worldwide crisis, Paul has produced 8 different meditation exercises and guides you through them.

Each exercise is flexible to the time you choose, taking as little as 6 seconds, 60 seconds, 6 minutes or longer. The exercises can be done in isolation, anytime and anywhere. Paul has also provided adaptations so that children can participate, bringing the family together in times of crisis.

Marmalade Publishing and Paul Kolberg have agreed to donate fifty percent of royalties from the sale of this book to help fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your valued contribution will be used by registered charities and foundations to identify potential treatments and to accelerate their development.

Shotokan Karate Handbook - Advanced (Paperback): Gursharan Sahota Shotokan Karate Handbook - Advanced (Paperback)
Gursharan Sahota
R414 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R136 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Following the success of his first book, The Shotokan Karate Handbook -- Beginner to Black Belt, the author felt there was a need for a manual to assist the more experienced student. Therefore, he has concentrated on more advanced techniques such as Kihon lppon Kumite, Jiyu lppon Kumite sets 6 and 7, and all the remaining Katas in Shotokan Karate. It is important that Karate Ka are aware that time, effort and practice are still the main factors in working towards perfecting not only one's skills but also one's inner mind and attitudes towards the art. This book is meant as a guide to Karate Ka -- it cannot take the place of your Sensei (teacher).

Ali: A Life - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 (Hardcover): Jonathan Eig Ali: A Life - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 (Hardcover)
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R679 R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Save R241 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR. SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. WINNER OF THE PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING. THE TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see. In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit. An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man. 'Ali: A Life is the business - 640 pages of patient scholarship and intelligent reassessment written in crackly prose' Giles Smith, The Times '[A] richly researched, sympathetic yet unsparing portrait ... Ali: A Life is an epic of a biography' Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times

Boxing Fitness - A guide to get fighting fit (Paperback, Second revised edition): Ian Oliver Boxing Fitness - A guide to get fighting fit (Paperback, Second revised edition)
Ian Oliver 1
R269 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R52 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Blows to the Head - How Boxing Changed My Mind (Paperback): Binnie Klein Blows to the Head - How Boxing Changed My Mind (Paperback)
Binnie Klein
R447 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R83 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Defending Against Attack -- The Shotokan Way - Teaching Basics, Sparring & Formal Exercise to the Beginner (Paperback): Frank... Defending Against Attack -- The Shotokan Way - Teaching Basics, Sparring & Formal Exercise to the Beginner (Paperback)
Frank Nezhadpournia
R348 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300 Save R118 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the latest book in the series teaching students "Basic Shotokan Karate". With a twist, explaining how, with what, and when an attack is likely to occur! Providing a definitive guide to Street Self Defence for the beginner, "The Shotokan Way" with the aid of over 500 photographs, A simple 20 Lesson Plan teaches "Attack Psychology" collated from victims, youth offenders, and military branches, and with the aid of his students Frank teaches: Basics (Kihon) Sparring (Kumite) and Formal Exercise (Kata). Showing a massive variety of punching, kicking and blocking techniques. Heian Kata's and Kumite techniques are explained in full. The book is to be used for the serious martial artist who wants to develop techniques not just for obtaining a Karate Belt! Frank shares a wealth of personal experience and the theme of Self Defence runs throughout the book with applications (Bunkai) to techniques everywhere! "Defending Against Attack" is the product of over 800 workshops completed with organisations that deal with violence on a daily basis, and a personal commitment to provide a comprehensive guide of the modern attacker empowering the reader to reduce their 'Attack Chances'.

WWE Kicking Down Doors - Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! (Hardcover): L J Tracosas WWE Kicking Down Doors - Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! (Hardcover)
L J Tracosas 1
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Meet the incredible women who rule the ring! The Fabulous Moolah was ahead of her time, Chyna showed us serious attitude, and now Becky Lynch is leading the revolution in sports entertainment. Find out how the amazing women of WWE have kicked down doors and changed the game. (c) 2020 WWE, Inc. All rights reserved.

WWE Beyond Extreme (Paperback): Dean Miller WWE Beyond Extreme (Paperback)
Dean Miller
R130 R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Save R26 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Ferocious Battles. Shocking Stunts. No Holds Barred! Relive the action from the most rip-roaring matches. Marvel at spectacular takedowns and death-defying stunts. Discover WWE's scariest and strangest Superstars. Sports entertainment doesn't get more extreme than this! (c) 2020 WWE, Inc. All rights reserved.

Tyson Fury - Gypsy King of the World (Paperback): Nigel Cawthorne Tyson Fury - Gypsy King of the World (Paperback)
Nigel Cawthorne
R329 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R60 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
My Brother, Muhammad Ali - The Definitive Biography (Hardcover): Rahaman Ali My Brother, Muhammad Ali - The Definitive Biography (Hardcover)
Rahaman Ali; As told to Fiaz Rafiq; Foreword by Jim Brown
R558 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R109 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Rahaman has, at last, written the definitive biography on his late brother, which tells the real Ali story." -Mike Tyson More words have been written about Muhammad Ali than almost anyone else. He was, without doubt, the world's most-loved sportsman. At the height of his celebrity he was the most famous person in the world. And yet, until now, the one voice missing belonged to the man who knew him best-his only sibling, and best friend, Rahaman Ali. No one was closer to Ali than Rahaman. Born Cassius and Rudolph Arnett Clay, the two brothers grew up together, lived together, trained together, travelled together, and fought together in the street and in the ring. A near-constant fixture in his sibling's company, Rahaman saw Ali at both his best and his worst: the relentless prankster and the jealous older brother, the outspoken advocate, the husband and father. In My Brother, Muhammad Ali, Rahaman offers an insider's perspective on the well-known stories as well as never-before-told tales, painting a rich and intimate portrait of a proud, relentlessly polarizing, yet often vulnerable man. In this extraordinary, poignant memoir, Rahaman tells a much bigger and more personal story than in any other book on Muhammad Ali-that of two brothers, almost inseparable from birth to death. It is the final and most important perspective on an iconic figure.

Be Water, My Friend - The Teachings of Bruce Lee (Hardcover): Shannon Lee Be Water, My Friend - The Teachings of Bruce Lee (Hardcover)
Shannon Lee
R519 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R103 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Boxing In Mexico - Masculinity, Modernity, and Nationalism (Hardcover): Stephen D. Allen A History of Boxing In Mexico - Masculinity, Modernity, and Nationalism (Hardcover)
Stephen D. Allen
R1,549 Discovery Miles 15 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The violent sport of boxing shaped and was shaped by notions of Mexican national identity during the twentieth century. This book reveals how boxing and boxers became sources of national pride and sparked debates on what it meant to be Mexican, masculine, and modern. The success of world-champion Mexican boxers played a key role in the rise of Los Angeles as the center of pugilistic activity in the United States. This international success made the fighters potent symbols of a Mexican culture that was cosmopolitan, nationalist, and masculine. With research in archives on both sides of the border, the author uses their life stories to trace the history and meaning of Mexican boxing.

West Texas Middleweight - The Story of LaVern Roach (Hardcover): Frank Sikes West Texas Middleweight - The Story of LaVern Roach (Hardcover)
Frank Sikes
R523 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

LaVern Roach, a skinny kid from the small town of Plainview, Texas, rose from obscurity to become one of boxing's most popular figures during the 1940s. Roach's rise to prominence occurred during an era when boxing shared the spotlight with baseball as the nation's top two professional sports. As a result of Roach's death- which marked the first nationally televised fight during which a boxer died from injuries received in the ring-the sport of boxing came under closer scrutiny by the general public than ever before. West Texas Middleweight is the story of Roach's all too brief journey from a West Texas amateur, to enlistment in the US Marines, where he captained the nation's most successful military boxing team, to becoming a Madison Square Garden main eventer. He received the distinction of being named The Ring Magazine's "Rookie of the Year" for 1947 and was considered a top ten contender for the middleweight championship of the world. This book chronicles Roach's road to his final fight-and it explains why, as noted by legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, "boxing changed because of LaVern Roach."

Ali: A Life - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 (Paperback): Jonathan Eig Ali: A Life - Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2017 (Paperback)
Jonathan Eig 1
R367 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R131 (36%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR. SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2017. SHORTLISTED FOR THE JAMES TAIT BLACK BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. WINNER OF THE PEN/ESPN AWARD FOR LITERARY SPORTS WRITING. THE TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR. The most comprehensive and definitive biography of Muhammad Ali that has ever been published, based on more than 500 interviews with those who knew him best, with many dramatic new discoveries about his life and career. When the frail, trembling figure of Muhammad Ali lit the Olympic flame in Atlanta in 1996, a TV audience of up to 3 billion people was once again gripped by the story of the world's most famous sporting icon. The man who had once been reviled for his refusal to fight for his country and for his fast-talking denunciation of his opponents was now almost universally adored, the true cost of his astonishing boxing career clear to see. In Jonathan Eig's ground-breaking biography, backed up with much detailed new research specially commissioned for this book, we get a stunning portrait of one of the most significant personalities of the second half of the twentieth century. We are not only taken inside the ring for some of the most famous bouts in boxing history, we also learn about his personal life, his finances, his faith and the moments when the first signs of his physical decline began to show. Ali was a symbol of freedom and courage, a hero to many, but this is also a very personal story of a warrior who vanquished every opponent but was finally brought down by his own stubborn refusal to quit. An epic tale of a fighter who became the world's most famous pacifist, Ali: A Life does full justice to an extraordinary man. 'Ali: A Life is the business - 640 pages of patient scholarship and intelligent reassessment written in crackly prose' Giles Smith, The Times '[A] richly researched, sympathetic yet unsparing portrait ... Ali: A Life is an epic of a biography' Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times

Unknown Capoeira, Volume I - Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art (Paperback): Mestre Ricardo Unknown Capoeira, Volume I - Secret Techniques of the Original Brazilian Martial Art (Paperback)
Mestre Ricardo
R532 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R187 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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