By Jose E. Santiago
It’s rare that a fighter exposes his weaknesses. It’s even more rare that said fighter exposes his failures along with regrets in life that have caused him to reflect on his own demise to greatness. Yahya McClain, known to many as Johnny McClain prior to his conversion to Islam, provides the readers of his recently released book “And Still….The Memoirography of Yahya McClain” an inside look at his tumultuous life in and out of the squared circle.
From humble beginnings in Queens NY as a two year old son of a murdered father, to US Marine, to two time WBU Cruiserweight Champ, to husband of the great Laila “She Be Stingin” Ali, McClain’s constant rise and fall in the sport of boxing is beautifully chronicled in his own words.
McClain’s edgy and at times controversial life is depicted in detail including great stories of the relationships and lifetime friendships he’s garnered. From a now funny story about his involvement in Jeff Mayweather’s arrest due to taking the fall for his brother Roger after a car accident in Las Vegas, to his first meeting with his would be future father-in law Muhammad Ali to a detailed explanation as to why the highly anticipated match-up between Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe never materialized.
He also writes about the integral part he played in assisting Antonio Tarver as he prepared to take down the great Roy Jones Jr. McClain lays it all out in his memoiragraphy and is a sure bet to entertain not only fight fans but those that want to see the perspective and vulnerability of a pugilist’s rise, fall, and rise again in the sport of boxing. The forward of the book is written by Jeff Mayweather.
“And Still…” is available on Amazon.com.