Scott Eathorne Quikmark Media
Australia’s love of boxing is celebrated in a forthcoming book on the history of the sport, reflecting on the greatest fights, triumphs and controversies that have shaped it. Written by renowned boxing journalist Grantlee Kieza, Boxing in Australia (NLA Publishing, October 2015, $39.99) provides a comprehensive insight into the fight game, from its colonial past to the present.

Kieza shares the true stories of Australian boxers who rose above humble beginnings to become international champions, such as Aboriginal boxers Lionel Rose and Anthony Mundine, pigtailed pugilist Kostya Tszyu, stocky Les Darcy, street smart Jeff Fenech, heavy-punching Danny Green, and many more. Readers find out how the battle between a black and a white boxer attracted one of the biggest ever crowds in Australian history, how travelling tent-boxing shows launched careers, and how a bare-knuckle brawl impressed even Ned Kelly. It also details the rise of women boxers and includes over 130 colour and black-and-white photographs.

Packed with fascinating stories, profiles and vital match statistics, Boxing in Australia provides a unique insight into this controversial sport and reveals the savage beauty of boxing in all its glory. Author Grantlee Kieza has been Australia’s leading boxing writer for 35 years.