Nigel Collins Book Helps Make Sense of Strange Sport

The new thing Nigel Collins The book falls at an interesting time, when word comes that The Ring magazine is ending its existence, after one hundred years.

Collins, the author of “Hooking Off the Jab,” a chronicle of his writing from 1980 to 2022, worked two stints as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, so I contacted him, and other ex EICs, to carry out their duties. what it means. Collins’ response got the point across:

“I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner,” said the 76-year-old Englishman, who was Ring boss 1985-1989, and again from 1997-2011. “Digital has made it easier. Something to live for. At least the Ring is alive, it’s better than the Ring. “

Nigel Collins has a new book called Hooking Off the Jab

That pragmatic response makes sense to me, after taking 44 episodes into the book, 14 of which were featured in Ring, 9 in Ringside Seat, 3 in Boxing News, one from Grantland .com and his book Boxing Babylon. Fifteen of the points are from submissions to, a digital platform.

How to describe a book depends on the filters of someone who is reading it, or even your age. Collins, who came to America at the age of 11, was a baby boomer, so he was a perfect adult as he built his knowledge base in the home field of Philadelphia. Collins provided sidebars to the Ring from the press tables left to provide a good overview of a group of local (and national, and international) players, such as Bennie Briscoe, Mathew Saad Muhammad and Joltin’ Jeff Chandler, among other stars. Collins helped to become “the journalist who knew the least about boxing.”

Collins, about ’87 or so, serving in the RING business

Collins summed himself up in the book’s intro, and he was able to pat himself on the back, as he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2015.

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I admired his longevity and his commitment to sweet science and more generally reading Collins’s thoughts on the legacy of Muhammad Alithe subject of the first three issues of the book.

Obviously, some young people are not interested in this sport, perhaps trying to explain their interest in the raised semi-structured racket that is not dead and record their death in a ratio that Unacceptable by the public, taste and desire will grow. . It happened to me – I still remember the way to the Wellesley Free Library where I opened “Writers Fighters” by John Schulian, reading until my legs hurt, because, I’m totally hooked on the hijinks and heroics found in this Combat Zone. . Schulian helped hook me, while “Hooking Off the Jab” was a plus.

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I use the word addict deliberately, because the task of clouding the clouds of pro pugilism is an absurd one. I speak for myself with that attitude, while writing this review, because I am afraid that my connection to sports, as a journalist, depends on the properties that an addict has. Covering the boxer briefs gives me pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, but at a price.

The report, the newspaper site, compared the business of a closed ring business. Collins had new things as Burt Sugar’s right hand in the ring, so he enjoyed some high time, before newspapers and magazines started supporting life and pulling their many plugs. Everyone has their own publishing platform now, so players can express themselves, which removes the need for the middle man for me. The cost of doing this business has decreased due to the growth of digital platforms, and the advancement of technology has paid off, with no profits flowing to the workers. . I ask myself if my dedication to the business is a stubborn inertia, or if my persistence is more due to habit than anything else.

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One of the things that was on my mind when I left “Hooking,” the transitions of Collins and I, a Generation Xer who saw the sport in Muhammad Ali’s final “dash” in his professional finish line .

When Schulian gets the land, Collins gets the squeeze from the ranchers. “Mayweather is unique in that he is the only entertainer to become a multimillionaire,” Collins wrote in 2017’s “Who is Floyd Mayweather,” making me laugh and think about changing to the competitive nature of the games’ top talents. The game has changed since Collins began his love affair with covering the ins and outs, not in a way that resulted in a new way of betting.

I don’t think there is any other POV than the one Collins expressed when he wrote, “What fat science needs to carry into the next century is a musician who has become a great competitor,” in 2000’s ‘Roy Joneses’ One Man Show.’ “For many, Jones’ big night in the Big Apple raised suspicions that he might not be the one for the job.”

Collins on some level may be like me on a quest to understand the two ways we struggle as human beings, with boxing as the cause. He remembers Sonny Banks, who was pinned by Cassius Clay in February of 1962 but not before finding a new starter. The Mississippi native Banks hit Clay with a left hook in the first round at Madison Square Garden, sending the injured figure to the mat. Clay regained his tracks, while Banks weaved his way back.

On May 10, 1965, 14-1 Leotis Martin beat Banks by climbing hard, sending him to the mat with a vicious right hand. His eyes were closed, his body was still. Fans know the importance of his silence. Banks was rushed to a hospital near the Philadelphia Arena, and died of head injuries three days later. “I want to be a man,” said Banks, the 18-7 final record, “but I’m not a man and there’s no time to be a man until I get in the ring.”

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A conflicting writer in Collins’ series has considered the importance of that situation, in order to reduce the uncertainty of life, I think. He does a service to the readers while trying to shed some light on our often annoying behavior.

Collins, who lives in Pennsylvania, got a high point when he wrote, in 2017’s ‘A Touch of Larceny,’ “The gift is the opposite of ‘the house that separates itself and cannot hold on tenet. He’s been his own enemy since the beginning but still stands on shaky legs every time… We can’t have boxing heaven because he doesn’t exist. But think of it as beautiful black sheep of the sports family, the one we love, not only with his faults, but also for them.

Nigel Collins and publisher Michael Dolan

The classy Collins gives the publisher a public shout

Such experiences are rare these days, as conflict literature has become a career option sought against better judgment. The hobbyist and side hustler can’t be very good at explaining and articulating.

It’s fitting that the final choice on “Hooking” is Collins’ jailhouse interview (“I Hate Everybody”) with Mike Tyson in 1994. “I knew who I was and who I was,” said the then-28-year-old Tyson, while serving a three-year reduced sentence for assault. to RING boss Collins. “This is not going to stop me. I know people have me for what I do. They shouldn’t expect anything else from me. Tyson is probably the last pugilistic figure who has the breadth of talent and skills. 35 years after his peak, Collins is among a small group of people who didn’t cover those glory days up close, but for him. willingness and ability to share his knowledge.


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