Fight To The Finish

Fight To The Finish

by Ron. J. Jackson, Jr.

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James J. Corbett and Joe Choynski were destined to spill each other's blood.

In the beginning, the boxing legends were simply two lads scratching and clawing to find their way in the world. They grew up a mile apart on San Francisco's mean streets during the 1880s, ran in rival neighborhood gangs, and earned tough reputations as teenagers for their fistic prowess.

Corbett loved to play the role of the dandy, working as a bank teller and always dressing to the height of fashion. His gentlemanly appearance often deceived the brawlers he boxed in the gritty Barbary Coast saloons. From the start, he displayed a natural elusiveness and speed that would eventually revolutionize boxing and win him the World Heavyweight Championship.

Yet Corbett's road to glory almost ended prematurely due to a feud with Choynski, who proved his equal in the ring. Choynski developed a brawny physique in those early days as a candy puller and blacksmith before entering the ring with a raw power and energy that electrified crowds.

Soon, San Francisco wasn't big enough for the two-up-and-coming pugilists. Locals clamored for an illegal "fight to the finish" to determine who was the city's best boxer. A parade of colorful socialites, gamblers, newsmen, and sporting hacks entered the scene as they tried to secure the match as they tried to outwit law enforcement.

Along the way tensions swirled around the hype from outside forces who saw the Irish Corbett or Jewish Choynski as representatives of their ethnic pride. Club bragging rights also played a part in the drama. For the boxers, however, the fight was simply a matter of pride. Losing was not an option.

What ensued would captivate boxing fans for generations to come. The Corbett-Choynski feud resulted in arguably the most savagely contested fight in the annals of boxing history — an epic, twenty-seven round brawl under the blistering California sun on a barge anchored near the sleepy port town of Benecia.

This is their legend . . .

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161327692
Publisher: Eakin Press
Publication date: 06/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 903,859
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Ron J. Jackson, Jr. is a bestselling author, historian, and award-winning journalist who has been writing professionally for 33 years. He is the author of six books, including Joe, The Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend; Blood Prairie: Perilous Adventures on the Oklahoma Frontier; and Alamo Legacy: Alamo Descendants Remember the Alamo, as well as thousands of articles on sports and history. His work has also appeared in national and regional magazines such as Wild West, True West, and Oklahoma Today. Jackson began his career in 1985 as a sports writer for The Reporter in his hometown of Vacaville, California. He covered everything from world championship boxing to the World Series for the next 11 years before switching to news. Over the years Jackson has interviewed people from all walks of life, including five heavyweight champions, astronauts, a secretary of state, governors, legendary athletes, and working-class heroes. In addition, Jackson is a member of the Western Writers of America who has worked as a consultant for History Channel and the Houston Arts and Media’s award-winning Birth of Texas Series. He lives in Binger, Oklahoma, with his wife, Jeannia, and their beloved children and granddaughter.

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