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Smokin' Joe' (below) went toe-to-toe with Muhammad Ali three times between 1971 and 1975, the first labelled the 'Fight of the Century', while the last installment, the 'Thrilla in Manila', is widely regarded as the pinnacle of pugilism.
Pugilism, she believes, should be open to any woman, straight or gay, who wants to explore her physical power, just the way she has done.
Actually, Driver is reminiscent of Taxi Driver's Travis Bickle - not just because he's a competent but angry driver, but because he's a ne'er do well using his gift for pugilism to do good for once.
Hearn's passion for pugilism, backed up by a considerable investment in talent, combine to suggest Matchroom is in it for the long haul.
Unlike mainstream pugilism, fighters can win by not only knocking out their opponent, but also by catching them in checkmate.
A mixture of political pugilism and fairly uneventful sex, the main story involves the cliched relationship between Valerie, a workingclass publisher-turnedalcoholic housewife, and Isla, a stupid girl who can't see she's being played like a Stradivarius, is galling.
The Berlin Boxing Club (HarperTeen, May), Robert Sharenow's second novel, also targets a particular subgroup of young adults; in this case, pugilism enthusiasts.
And even the shrine to apolitical science, the House of Medicine, enjoys intramural bouts of political pugilism.
Fighters & Writers, a new book from Mongrel Empire Press, examines writers' long-standing fascination with pugilism from multiple angles.
Ip Man's" returning helmer Wilson Yip increases the blood quotient during a fight to the death that pits martial arts against Western pugilism.
Yet Holmes has the body of a lithe athlete, the skills of a gymnast and the pugilism of a world champion.
The trouble, finally, is that Kahan finds it hard to detach himself from the glamour of his subject, whether in pugilism, American travels or green-room conquests.