Decades in the making, “Boxing in New Mexico: A History 1868-1940,” by longtime Fightnews.com writer and photographer Chris Cozzone & Jim Boggio, with a foreword by Bruce Trampler, is now shipping.
In what is believed to be the most extensive history ever written on a region, the book chronicles the state of New Mexico’s golden eras – the 10s, 20s and 30s – dating back to bareknuckle fights in the late 1800s. The careers of forgotten warriors Benny Chavez, Eddie Mack, Benny Cordova, Abie Chavez, Emilio Martinez and many more are highlighted in this chronological tome dating back to 1868.
About the Book
On June 28, 1868, a group of men gathered alongside a road 35 miles north of Albuquerque to witness a 165-round, 6-hour bare-knuckle brawl between well-known Colorado pugilist Barney Duffy and “Jack,” an unidentified fighter who died of his injuries. Thought to be the first “official” prizefight in New Mexico, this tragic spectacle marked the beginning of the rich and varied history of boxing in the state. Oftentimes an underdog in its battles with the law and public opinion, boxing in New Mexico has paralleled the state’s struggles and glories,through the Wild West, statehood, the Depression, war, and economic growth. It is a story set in boomtowns, ghost towns and mining camps, along railroads and in casinos, and populated by cowboys, soldiers, laborers, barrio-bred locals and more. This work chronicles more than 70 years of New Mexico’s colorful boxing past, representing the most in-depth exploration of prizefighting in one region yet undertaken.
Author Chris Cozzone will also have some copies in the very near future. Email him for more info.