Author: Sal Taveras
Don't like boxing? Don't let that deter you from reading this book. It doesn't feature even one scene inside the ring, in fact. That's because it's not about boxing. It's about what happens to the champions in any sport who get chewed up, spit out and left by the side of the road - used and discarded by impatient fans, unscrupulous managers and other exploiters determined to make a quick buck by any means necessary. We meet Mountain at the end of what's been a successful career in the ring. But he's been battered so badly in his latest match that he can barely stand. It takes the ring doctor, though, to deliver the final blow. One more fight, he says, could leave Mountain blind - or dead. He's finished. Washed up. So what does he do now? Boxing is all he knows. That's the struggle that the author - a successful boxer when he was in the Army - wants to explore.