BOOK REVIEW: More Tales From Ringside

By Tony McClean
Updated: May 14, 2005
Tales from Ringside by Tom Donelson & Frank Lotierzo
tales from ringside by tom donelson & frank lotierzo

BRISTOL, CT—Authors Tom Donelson and his partner Frank Lotierzo have been rabid fans of the “sweet science” for as long as you and I can remember. It’s clearly evident in their latest collaboration titled “More Tales From Ringside.”

Mixing commentary, essays, and their extensive knowledge of the sport, Lotierzo and Donelson offer a book that’s clearly a must-have keepsake for any fan of boxing.

The previous edition, which was published in 2002, was a collection of their works that have appeared in several publications including Eastside,,, and the National Review From the legendary black fighters from the past like Joe Gans and Sam Langford to today’s contemporaries like Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins, nothing is left out in this comprehensive book.

“Me and Frank got together after he read one of my pieces on-line”, said Donelson. “We were writing for the same publication and began corresponding to each other and had these friendly debates about current and former boxers.”

“After a while, we realized that we had already put together about 60 pages of material from just our little discussions. I said with all these pages already put together, I think we’ve got the beginnings of a pretty decent book.”

The pair, working along with noted boxing historian Tracy Callis, then put together their first collaboration “Viewing Boxing From Ringside”. While the original book delved more into the latter-day fighters, “More” takes a look back at the fighters from the past.

Among some of the essays are “The Mann Act and Jack Johnson”, “The Crash of the Light Heavyweights: A 100-Year Low”, “Race and Boxing”, and “What If ?: Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Oscar De La Hoya” “It was a really a natural evolution for us,” Donelson added. “We’re in the process of doing a book on the history of African-American fighters over the last 120 years. We’re always debating on how a Jack Johnson or the fighters in his era would stand up today.”

Even contemporaries like Felix Trinidad, David Tua, Evander Holyfield, Virgil Hill and the recently retired Lennox Lewis are discussed by the trio of Donelson, Lotierzo, and Callis.

Think of it as one of those old barbershop arguments coming to life in print. It’s one of those great sports debate books that leave you thinking and you just can’t put it down.

Whether your a loyal fan of boxing or not, you’ll love this book.