Within the hardest-hitting expose of boxing ever written, campaigning journalist Jim Brady lays bare the corrupt history of the ‘Noble Art’. From its murky beginnings to the multi-billions business of nowadays. Delving into extensive FBI files and police documents, he reveals how the mafia took over the sport in the United States and how for decades world titles were effectively controlled by one man: Frank Carbo, the sinister ‘Mister Gray’.
Here is the story of the monopolistic International Boxing Club, referred to as ‘the Octopus’, and the way it used to be succeeded by the around the world governing bodies labelledthe Alphbet Boys, who many contend have ruined the fight game. Here also are revelations of fixed fights, bent ratings, rip-offs and kick-backs, a full accountof the undercover investigation into the corrupt International Boxing Federation, the machinations of Don King, Bob Arum and Jose Sulaiman, and the unbelievable saga of Harold Smith, the man who tried to shop for the sport. ‘Boxing Confidential’ is the book no true fight fan must be without.