SUGAR RAY by Sugar Ray & Dave Anderson Robinson

SUGAR RAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Born Walker Smith, Jr., Sugar Ray saw his first boxing match at the Brewster Center in the ""Black Bottom"" belt of Detroit. There was a big kid working out at that time who would grow up to be Joe Lewis who would have his ups and downs but never quite as many as Sugar Ray who won and lost the middleweight title five times, went through four million dollars and ended up boxing in the dust in a Tijuana bullfight arena. It's quite a story, candidly told (""My ego makes me tick"") as he describes deals and fights and managers and women (three wives -- more women) and always the big spender who caused traffic jams on the Champs Elysees with his enormous pink Cadillac. An exciting and often sad account...he's kind of a modern James Jackson with, hopefully, a happier ending for the man Cassius Clay calls ""the king, the master, my idol"" and it should make today's audiences bring their bucket seats back to the ringside.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1969
ISBN: 030680574X
Publisher: Viking