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Glen Sharp's boxing career was a rise-and-fall story without so much rise in it. A sparring partner for heavyweight Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, he "retired"with a record of one victory and two defeats. A decade later, having come to understand how and why he failed as a younger fighter, he attempted a comeback. Told with heart and wit, his memoir is a treatise on boxing as Glen Sharp's boxing career was a rise-and-fall story without so much rise in it. A sparring partner for heavyweight Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, he "retired"with a record of one victory and two defeats. A decade later, having come to understand how and why he failed as a younger fighter, he attempted a comeback. Told with heart and wit, his memoir is a treatise on boxing as both profession and purpose. Sharp uses economic theory to describe the sweet science as a case study in resource management while recounting his own struggle to win fistic glory and his father's admiration.


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Glen Sharp's boxing career was a rise-and-fall story without so much rise in it. A sparring partner for heavyweight Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, he "retired"with a record of one victory and two defeats. A decade later, having come to understand how and why he failed as a younger fighter, he attempted a comeback. Told with heart and wit, his memoir is a treatise on boxing as Glen Sharp's boxing career was a rise-and-fall story without so much rise in it. A sparring partner for heavyweight Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, he "retired"with a record of one victory and two defeats. A decade later, having come to understand how and why he failed as a younger fighter, he attempted a comeback. Told with heart and wit, his memoir is a treatise on boxing as both profession and purpose. Sharp uses economic theory to describe the sweet science as a case study in resource management while recounting his own struggle to win fistic glory and his father's admiration.

20 review for Punching from the Shadows: Memoir of a Minor League Professional Boxer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rick Wolff

    Recommended! As an autobiographical reflection on what boxing meant to and taught an erstwhile short-term professional boxer, this book is touching, poignant, and excels. While it is at turns lyric, philosophical, historical, and practical, it is always insightful and honest. Sharp explores why boxing meant so much to him and what he learned not only by pursuing it, but also in learning to let it go. Many readers who've devoted themselves to a sport only to reach the limits of that devotion may Recommended! As an autobiographical reflection on what boxing meant to and taught an erstwhile short-term professional boxer, this book is touching, poignant, and excels. While it is at turns lyric, philosophical, historical, and practical, it is always insightful and honest. Sharp explores why boxing meant so much to him and what he learned not only by pursuing it, but also in learning to let it go. Many readers who've devoted themselves to a sport only to reach the limits of that devotion may find their own journey evocatively reflected in the pages of this book. It reads very well, and Sharp proves skillful at turning a phrase.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jason Comely

    The first three-quarters of this autobiography was harder than a Tim Witherspoon punch to put down. It wasn't until near the end that it started to drag, but that may be due to eye fatigue and my desire to see how Glen finds closure and not the storytelling itself. To be clear, I'm not a fan of violent sports, but I don't think you have to be to enjoy Glen Sharp's deep insights on boxing and on life. The first three-quarters of this autobiography was harder than a Tim Witherspoon punch to put down. It wasn't until near the end that it started to drag, but that may be due to eye fatigue and my desire to see how Glen finds closure and not the storytelling itself. To be clear, I'm not a fan of violent sports, but I don't think you have to be to enjoy Glen Sharp's deep insights on boxing and on life.

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