By John Howard
A sophomore jinx is a term that refers to a second (sophomore) effort that fails to live up to the first effort. This can happen in ones sophomore year in college, a second year of playing professional sports, or a second attempt at writing a book. With his second book, “Reelin’ In The Years: Boxing And More,” Sares has landed a solid left hook to the body.
Sares has lived and breathed boxing his entire life. Therefore, it’s an impossible task to adequately review and do this collection the justice it deserves. Sares has a deep love for — and encyclopedic knowledge of — the fight game dating back some 60 years.
We are taken along on a historical journey though America starting
with the authors humble beginnings as a young boy from the northwest
side of Chicago. The reader is taken back to a time in the 1950s
when boys and men bonded without knowing they were bonding. It was a
time of innocence in America.
With graduate degrees in both economics and business administration,
Sares still maintains his roots which are firmly planted in
blue-collar America. The author revisits the Golden Age of Boxing
Heavyweights that included Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Norton, Quarry,
Chuvalo, Lyle, Shavers and Patterson. He continues on through the
era of the late 1970s with the WBC and WBA recognizing multiple
champions and mandatory challengers which produced a general
corruption throughout the sport.
About Ted Sares: If you like boxing...If you love boxing...Then you will love this book. Ted " The Bull " Sares has a way of taking the sport of boxing to it's inner core. Stripped down, mano y mano. Ask no quarter, give no quarter. This is a man who has followed boxing for years sharing his profound memories in words that make you feel that you are almost at ringside. Ted does not shy away from anything. He shares the courage of the fighters he writes about but he also shares the tragedy of some.
This is the most heart felt boxing book I've
read in years. Ted's perspective on the sport is absolutely endearing. To me
he is the A.J. Liebling of our era.That is the highest compliment I can pay
to a boxing writer and Ted has surely earned it.