By Meg Frisbee
Boxing used to be renowned within the American West lengthy sooner than Las Vegas turned its epicenter. in spite of the fact that, no longer each person within the area was once a fan. Counterpunch examines how the sport�s meteoric upward push in reputation within the West ran at the same time with a starting to be backlash between revolutionary period social reformers who observed boxing as barbaric. those tensions created a morality warfare that pitted nation officers opposed to urban leaders, boxing promoters opposed to social reformers, and enthusiasts opposed to spiritual teams. Historian Meg Frisbee makes a speciality of numerous mythical heavyweight prizefights of the interval and the protests they encouraged to give an explanation for why western geography, financial system, and tradition finally helped the sport�s supporters defeat its detractors.
A interesting examine early American boxing, Counterpunch showcases combatants resembling �Gentleman� Jim Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, and Jack Johnson, the 1st African American heavyweight champ, and it offers an exciting solution to comprehend either the expansion of the yankee West and the historical past of this popular�and controversial�sport.