FIGHTER FROM WHITECHAPEL: The Story of Daniel Mendoza by Harold J. Rib

FIGHTER FROM WHITECHAPEL: The Story of Daniel Mendoza

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A rather hasty and strident biography of Daniel Mendoza, behemoth of boxing on the glorious and gry lays of George III and IV of England. Mendoza, rising, from the poverty stricken Jewish section in London to become champion boxer of England and Ireland, had as much to fight outside the ring as in the middle of battle. There were first, the jibes and barbs of a smoldering anti-Semitism; an ever-present threat of being he was jailed twice); suffering from a severe injury; and bitter feuds, including a vicious one with his former patron, a famous boxer, Humphrey. Mendoza eventually became a teacher, inn-keeper and idol of a country, as the cleverest boxer of his day. Not much attempt at epth biography but a cursory glimpse of the man with plenty of mileage derived from two sensational items -- the brutal practices of 18th century ""boxing"" and the blatant anti-Semitism of the times. A fascinating subject inadequately handled.

Pub Date: Oct. 12th, 1962
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy