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The Impossible Dream - Larry Gains

London: Leisure Publications, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is fading gently at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “This is the story of Larry Gains, the Coloured Heavyweight Champion of the World.

It tells of his life in the rings of the world… riding the night trains of Canada… working the cattle boats… gambling in the casinos of the Riviera… Paris in the Twenties, Cologne and the Charleston, Leicester and the long Indian Summer.

It reveals the secrets of the champions… the twilight world of the Boston Tar Baby… the amorous ways of Harry Greb… how Battling Siki saw the light… the feuding with Jeff Dickson… and the chasing of Jack Sharkey.

It recounts the stories behind Gains’ greatest fights… the big breakthrough against the smooth-as-silk Bud German… the magic night with Camera… the tactical battle with the wily Mike McTigue… the taming of Big George Godfrey… and the denting of Jack Dempsey’s ten-thousand dollar nose.

And finally it explains how the pride and the politics of the day combined to end Larry Gains’ quest for what had become the impossible dream… the winning of the official heavyweight championship of the world.”


Foreword or introduction by Max Schmeling. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Pink boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 141 pages.
£46.00