Rare boxing books

Fighter turned author: the works of Jim Driscoll and other rare boxing books for your collection.

Jim Driscoll, aka “Peerless Jim,” a renowned boxer from Wales, had an incredible life. Born in a poor area of Cardiff on December 15, 1880, he began boxing to protect himself, and quickly gained a reputation as an adept fighter. After turning pro in 1901, he became one of Britain’s premier featherweights. His impressive record of 56 wins, 4 losses, and 6 draws (37 of them by knockout) is due to his remarkable hand speed, footwork, and evasive quality. In 1910, Driscoll faced American featherweight champion Abe Attell in a 20-round bout in San Francisco, unfortunately losing by decision. However, his performance was widely praised and he was considered one of the world’s best featherweights.

Driscoll passed away in 1925, leaving behind a legacy as one of boxing’s top featherweights. He also authored several books, and if you can get your hands on any of them, consider yourself fortunate.

“The Textbook of Boxing: The Deluxe Edition” by Jim Driscoll and Harry Preston: First published in 1915, this book is one of the most famous and influential guides to the sport of boxing. It covers a wide range of topics, including footwork, punching technique, defense, and training methods.

In addition to Jim Driscoll’s “The Textbook of Boxing,” he also authored “The Straight Left and How to Cultivate It, “Ringcraft,” and “Out-Fighting or Long-Range Boxing.”

All of his books are considered rare and vintage, and are highly valued by collectors and boxing enthusiasts.

Here are three more rare boxing books for your collection:

“Boxing” by Edwin Haislet: First published in 1940, this book is a comprehensive guide to boxing technique and strategy. It covers topics such as stance, footwork, punching technique, and defense. Edwin Haislet (1888-1975) was an American boxing trainer and author who was known for his expertise in the sport.

Spalding’s Book on Boxing and Physical Culture” by Thomas Inch. A classic, this book is a comprehensive guide to strength and conditioning exercises for boxers, as well as general principles of physical fitness.

rare boxing books

Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense” by Jack Dempsey: First published in 1950, this book is a guide to boxing technique and strategy written by one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time. It covers topics such as footwork, punching technique, defense, and mental preparation, as well as Dempsey’s personal philosophy of fighting. Jack Dempsey (1895-1983) was an American boxer who held the heavyweight title from 1919 to 1926. He was known for his aggressive style and devastating punching power.