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Knockout The Art of Boxing

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Ken Regan was a young photographer in 1964 when he covered Muhammad Ali’s first fight: his historic victory over Sonny Liston in Miami Beach. Afterward, the young photographer embarked on a life-long love affair with the sport of boxing.

For the next four decades, Regan would go on to chronicle the greatest fights and the greatest fighters of the age. His extraordinary photographs include many of the most enduring images ever created in the annals of boxing, as well as portraits of notable trainers, managers, promoters, writers, and the whole panoply of celebrities associated with the sport. Featuring some of the greatest ring action in boxing history, Knockout takes us from sparring sessions and press conferences to weigh-ins and post-fight sessions.

Knockout also features Regan’s compelling stories and firsthand accounts of his amazing photographic journey into the heart of boxing. Beginning with his early magazine work shooting prizefights and throughout the following decades, Regan developed close personal friendships with some of the greatest fighters. Regan captures intimate moments showing fighters with their families at home and on the road. With numerous black-and-white and color images, many of them seen here for the first time, Knockout is destined to be one of the most celebrated books ever published on the subject of boxing.

About the Author

Ken Regan, Author: Ken Regan began his career in photography by covering sports events such as the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, heavyweight championship boxing, hockey, basketball, tennis, and auto racing. In the 1970s, Regan's scope expanded to the political to include coverage of campaigns, demonstrations, the Kennedy family, and wars in Vietnam, Bosnia, and the Persian Gulf. He has also toured with world-renowned rock and roll musicians and has a vast archive of photographs of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and many others. Regan has more than two hundred magazine covers to his credit, and his work has been featured in such publications as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, Newsweek, Paris Match, and People magazine. Ken Regan is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Liam Neeson, Contributor: Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson started boxing at the age of nine, taught by the local parish priests in his hometown of Ballymena, Ireland. In his teens he traveled around the country for the sport and held the title of Youth Heavyweight Champion of Ireland for three consecutive years. A lifelong fan, Neeson still works out with his punching bag four or five times a week.

Budd Schulberg, Contributor: Budd Schulberg was an American screenwriter, television producer, sports writer, and author of the best-selling novels What Makes Sammy Run and The Harder They Fall as well as the Academy Award–winning screenplay for On the Waterfront.

Norman Mailer, Contributor: Norman Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, filmmaker, actor, and political candidate. He wrote The Executioner’s Song and Armies of the Night, among many others, and was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes as well as the National Book Award.

Muhammad Ali, Contributor: Muhammad Ali was an American Olympic and professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the twentieth century.