THE ARCHIE MOORE STORY by Archie Moore

THE ARCHIE MOORE STORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The light heavyweight champion tells the story of his life and provides an unassuming personal and ring record of his career. Born in Mississippi, raised in St. Louis by his uncle and aunt, whose last name became Archie's, he tells of the moves brought about in search of a job, of depression years and the makeshifts for living (which included thefts that put Moore in a reform school), work in the CCC camps and the decision to stick with the prize fighting game. The road to the small time, amateur, bouts, the sharp deals from managers, matchmakers, promoters, the eventual billing as the main event and then local fame in San Diego- marks his beginnings and it takes him to Australia before he becomes a name fighter in the U. S. But there is a down swing, with surgery for an ulcer and, right after that, his appendix, that sends him to be ""fourth chef"" (dishwasher) on the railroad and to open an eating place. And then, with a chance to fight in the East, the climb continues and matches in England, Canada, Germany, South America spread his fame. Here are stories of fouls and footwork, of opponents who are sluggers and those who are thinkers, of individual wins and losses, of the way in which he has made use of his winnings, of his problems of weight and diet, of fighting techniques and practices, and of his newest activity -- moving pictures. For the fight fans this should be knockout stuff.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill