By Jim Amato

One of this year’s best boxing books has arrived this summer. “Fifty Years Of Fights, Fighters And Friendships” covers the boxing life journey of the astute author Jerry Fitch. The author has seen a lot on his fifty year venture. What impressed me was that Jerry accomplished most of this while working at an unrelated full time job. Amazing !

Jerry has covered boxing all over the United States and other parts of the world. He has rubbed shoulders with boxing royalty such as Ali, Frazier, Archie Moore and Roberto Duran. Fitch talks about these great fighters and many more. Jerry also relives some of the great ring battles he has witnessed over his five decade span as a ringside reporter.

Fitch was fortunate enough to have developed great friendships with legends like Earnie Shavers and Jimmy McLarnin. Then there is the very special bond he had with Cleveland’s greatest boxer Jimmy Bivins. Jerry discusses all of these and so much more. It is such a smooth and entertaining read. Jerry tells it like he saw it with great candor and spiced with a healthy dash of wit. I found it very difficult to put this book down once I started reading it. I felt like I was sitting with Jerry at a local tavern sipping a cold one as he told his story. A truly wonderful book.

I highly recommend this for all boxing fans. It would make a great addition to your boxing library. To find out how to purchase the book contact Jerry at ; Jerryfitch@aol.com

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