He named his ten favorite boxing books for the Guardian.
One title on the list:
Fat City by Leonard GardnerRead about the other books on the list.
I have such a clear memory of one seemingly glib moment in this novel. It's when the young boxer, Ernie Munger, is given instructions between rounds. He nods his head and "listens to none of it". This book is acknowledged by many as one of the great books about boxing, desolation, and just getting by in the disaster areas sitting just left and right of the American dream.
Gerald Haslam nominated Fat City as the Great California Novel.