Third Man in the Ring: 33 of Boxing's Best Referees and Their Stories


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Potomac Books
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6.4 X 0.92 X 9.01 inches | 1.14 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Fitzgerald is an author, coder, and novelist who has written over 20 books. He is the author of O'Reilly's Learning Ruby, Learning XSLT, and XML Hacks, and co-author on the XML Pocket Reference.


"I would like to thank Mike Fitzgerald and Patrick Morley for their hard work and dedication. They spent countless hours contacting referees and officials, and doing research. They truly love the sport of boxing, and it shows in their work. The IBF is honored to have them as members."--Lindsey E. Tucker Jr., International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association Championship chairman--Lindsey E. Tucker Jr.
"This is a great read about thirty-three world-class boxing referees. I have worked my boxer's corner for many fights that were refereed by one of these elite officials. A trainer always wants the best referee to be in there making sure rules are followed and their boxer is protected. It was a pleasure to learn what it took for each of them to reach the top of their profession."--Terry Claybon, former undefeated professional boxer and trainer for both professional and amateur boxers, including Denzel Washington for The Hurricane--Terry Claybon
"Boxing referees are spotlighted only when involved in ring controversy, but every one of them has a unique story, and those stories have now been told in Third Man in the Ring. The stories within the stories are revealing and sometimes bizarre: that Eddie Cotton worked the matches of inmates at a maximum-security prison, that Bruce McTavish had a gun held to his head after stopping a fight, that a fan once threw a loaded diaper at Jack Reiss. But the thread that connects the stories is the love these referees have for boxing."--Steve Farhood, Showtime boxing analyst--Steve Farhood
"Having worked with almost all these great referees, I thought I knew them well, but the authors have given me a new perspective and enjoyable insight into their personalities. A must read for all boxing fans."--Ed Levine, president, International Boxing Organization--Ed Levine
"Mike Fitzgerald is a world-class boxing official who has authored several outstanding books on boxing greats Archie Moore, Ken Norton, and Earnie Shavers. Third Man in the Ring is an excellent read that gives insight into the leading referees from around the world. Congrats to Mike and coauthor Pat Morley on this book."--Ray Wheatley, international editor,, and publisher, Australia's World of Boxing--Ray Wheatley