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- DescriptionTheodore 'Tiger' Flowers rose above the racist bigotry of the Deep South to become the first African-American middleweight champion of the world. To do it, this Christian family man beat a boxing legend, Harry Greb, in the first of the great sporting cathedrals, Madison Square Garden. It was a victory that stunned the sporting world and made him a household name. Yet within a year he had lost his championship on a decision some said was influenced by Al Capone - and within ather year was dead, following a seemingly incuous operation, in the clinic of a controversial surgeon, to remove lumps and scars above his eyes. Was his death, at the age of 34, an accident, a result of negligence, or something more sinister? And what was behind his white manager's attempt to throw Tiger's widow into an asylum and their daughter into an orphanage? Flowers' inspiring, harrowing story, set against an horrific backdrop of lynchings and routine prejudice, is largely forgotten w but he paved the way for black sporting heroes like Joe Louis, Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson.
- Author BiographyBob Mee has written about boxing since the 1970s, is a longstanding member of the Sky Sports boxing team, a former boxing correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and a columnist for trade paper Boxing News. A previous book, Liston & Ali, was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize in 2010. He lives in Warwickshire.
- Author(s)Bob Mee
- PublisherFonthill Media
- Date of Publication01/11/2013
- SubjectBiography: Sport
- Place of PublicationToadsmoor Road
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintFonthill Media
- Content Note16
- Weight480 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine22 mm
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