Los Angeles has been regarded as one of the greatest boxing cities in the world for more than a century. With a large fan base, Los Angeles has also been the home of many of the best and most exciting boxers. In Boxing in the Los Angeles Area, authors Tracy Callis and Chuck Johnston provide an overview of one of the greatest pugilistic hotbeds in the world from 1880 to 2005. This comprehensive history covers the top boxers of the area who became famous both locally and worldwide such as Jim Jeffries, Solomon "Solly" Smith, "Mexican" Joe Rivers, Armando Muniz, Oscar De La Hoya, and "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Boxing in the Los Angeles Area also reviews some of the areas most notable bouts such as Tommy Burns winning the heavyweight title from Marvin Hart in 1906, Shane Mosley winning the welterweight title from Oscar De La Hoya in 2000, and Ad Wolgast retaining the lightweight title in a bout with "Mexican" Joe Rivers in 1912. Written by boxing historians and members of the International Boxing Research Organization, Boxing in the Los Angeles Area includes many photos while providing a thorough history of the boxing world in one of the greatest boxing cities.
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