Boxing has been described by some as &The Noble Art* and &The Sweet Science*, while is has been deunced by others as a barbaric pastime, a sorry excuse for machismo and cynical exploitation. Certainly, at times, the fight game can be all of these, but there is also a great deal more.This book concentrates on all the fighters who fought in the ring, with varying degrees of success, but never managed to earn even the opportunity to box for a world championship. The author explores how boxing in the first half of the twentieth century was a totally different glove game v and t necessarily better than the showbiz with blood we are presented with today. A real colour bar existed, as did organised crime. You*ll meet a whole rainbow of colourful characters in this sincere tribute to all the guys who could*ve been contenders.