Punch Lines: Berger on Boxing
- Written by Phil Berger; Forward by Bert Sugar
- ISBN 0941423956
- Format: Paperback, 328pp
- Pub. Date: April 1993
- Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Berger, a boxing writer for the New York Times for the past eight years, has anthologized his best magazine and newspaper articles to provide an interesting read for the boxing fan. Berger profiles a wide range of boxing personalities, from would-be contenders to former champions to current megastar champions like Riddick Bowe. We learn about such intriguing figures as Rock Newman, the man behind heavyweight champ Bowe; Angelo Dundee, trainer extraordinaire, and Evander Holyfield, the "Real Deal." The articles are breezy and have little in-depth analysis or reflection, but they offer the reader a primer on recent boxing history. Recommended for boxing collections.-- Ron Chepesiuk, Winthrop Univ. Lib., Rock Hill, S.C.