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From the present day all the way back to the bareknuckle era and the 18th-century prize ring, boxing has always had its masters of menace – some to cheer and some to boo. All these larger-than-life characters had one thing in common, talent in abundance. Some used it, others wasted it.
Many big-draw fighters were born on the wrong side of the tracks, while others seemingly made a bee-line for oblivion. Eight-times married conman Kid McCoy took his own life. The fearless Stanley Ketchel was shot dead by a jealous farm worker. The enigmatic Battling Siki used to parade a fully grown lioness down the boulevards of Paris, while the unpredictable Chris Eubank enraged the establishment with his eccentric lifestyle.
Mean and moody Sonny Liston died in mysterious circumstances, hellraiser Harry Greb passed away on the operating table and the brilliant Aaron Pryor fell victim to America’s drug culture. Roberto Duran once knocked over a horse in anger, while the beer-guzzling Tony Galento threatened to ‘moider da bums.’ In The Mad and the Bad’s tales of murder, madness and mayhem, Thomas Myler brilliantly succeeds in bringing to life all these and many more extraordinary fighters.
• Sonny Liston, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet, destroyed all opposition on his barnstorming way to the top, and died by taking a pill overdose. Or was it murder?
• Chris Eubank, ‘the man you loved to hate,’ was an eccentric who used to fly in his barber 204 miles away for a weekly trim
• Harry Greb claimed he had 299 enemies, the men who refereed his fights, because they ‘interfered’ with the mayhem he caused in the ring
• Roberto Duran came from the backstreets of Panama and was described as ‘a rampaging monster who fought to kill or be killed’
• Tony Galento, the ‘Beer Barrel Palooka,’ trained on beer and took on a bear, a kangaroo and an octopus in a remarkable career
• Kid McCoy, boxing’s greatest con-man and creator of the illegal corkscrew punch, left behind a suicide note complaining of ‘the world’s madness’
• Battling Siki, a decorated war hero and world champion, was found dead with two bullets in his back in a lonely New York street
Thomas Myler is a boxing historian, journalist, author and broadcaster, based in Dublin. Thomas has spent a lifetime around boxing – meeting with boxers, promoters, managers, trainers, match-makers and publicists, and has interviewed many of the sport’s greats. Myler’s work has appeared in numerous magazines and papers, and he was described by the late, great American boxing scribe and best-selling author George Kimble as ‘one of the best boxing writers in the world.’