Cleveland's Greatest Fighters of All Time follows the amazing careers of the city's most popular and successful boxers, highlighted by more than 100 rarely-seen images. From the speedy and resilient Johnny Kilbane, Cleveland's first great champion, to the heroic Jimmy Bivins, a true champion in and out of the ring, these stories of triumph and heartbreak are to be enjoyed by boxing fans of all eras. Much of the action inside is described in such a way as to bring the reader ringside.
“This is a story which nobody has produced in the past, and certainly is not going to duplicate in the future.
“It is the life story of a man who lived through increasingly exciting eras of the nation’s history, and the nation’s sports annals. The conditions which obtained through those eventful decades will not come again. The man who banged his typewriter through these crowding years will not come again upon a similar sequence in the sports kaleidoscope.
“Here are behind-the-scenes pictures, the inside stories of so many developments which have waited, until now, for my lifetime friend Nat Fleischer to reveal them.
“Here are pathos, comedy, and intrigue; the seamy, sombre stories, and the funny ones as well. Ring heroes of the past come to life in these pages to reveal themselves in the full panoply of their championship stature, or in the meaner habiliments of the character on the fringe.
“It is a fine book, and I thank Nat for having written it.”
—Dan Daniel, Foreword
<p>Lucas Browne is a 115 kilogram heavyweight boxer who at thirty-six has entered his mid-ages for a heavyweight fighter. However, Lucas is new to professional boxing, having come from the Cage Fighting Championship. A larger than life character, tattooed, urbane and charismatic, he is a showman, always optimistic and upbeat. In the ring, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’
Browne is the one-time Commonwealth heavyweight champion and in this book, challenger for the WBA world title. Graham Clark accompanied Lucas Browne and his team to Chechnya for the world title bout and is telling the story from being part of the team.</p>