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Emile Griffith biographer Ross does book singing at boxing card
Edited Press Release
As a special treat for boxing fans attending Tuesday, November 11th’s
"Bad Boys of Boxing" event at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida,
author Ron Ross will be on
hand to sign copies of his critically acclaimed new book "Nine... Ten..
And Out! The Two Worlds of Emile Griffith" (DiBella Entertainment).
Ron Ross will
have copies of the book available for sale at tonight’s boxing card,
which has former world champion Glen
Johnson, Edison Miranda, and James
McGirt Jr. fighting in separate bouts.
ABOUT THE BOOK
"NINE... TEN... AND OUT!" explores more than just the ring battles of a
legendary champion. It takes us from a roped-off arena to a far larger
battleground, that of life itself.
Having fought 112 fights on five continents, the holder of six
championship belts and appreciated as a warrior who took on all comers,
Emile Griffith captivated
the boxing world with his exciting style and a disarming personality.
Enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame as a charter
inductee, Emile Griffith's place in boxing history as one of the
greatest prizefighters ever to climb into a ring is assured.
However, Emile Griffith's toughest battle was waged without gloves and
it was fought outside the ring. He battled ethereal demons and devils,
and, at times, himself. It was an inner conflict, but a battle that he
had to wage - a struggle to bring together two lives - both his.
Emile Griffith did not choose his career as a prizefighter. It just
happened and it all came so naturally that he accepted that this was
his world. Nor did he choose his lifestyle, how he lived it or who he
lived it with. It, too, came so naturally that he never questioned that
this, also, was his world. However, there was always the apprehension
that his two worlds were incompatible.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ron Ross is a native New Yorker and was himself a professional boxer, a
fight promoter, and a manager. He remains active in the boxing world as
a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and writes
numerous boxing articles as well as covering major fights around the
country. He earned his B.A. at Brooklyn College where he majored
in English and then studied for his Masters Degree at New York
University after a two year hitch in the army. His desire to become a
writer was side-tracked for thirty-five years while he carved out a
career in real estate, not by choice, but rather as a fortunate pawn of
His first book, "The Tomato Can," a novel, received excellent reviews
and when this was followed by his widely acclaimed "Bummy Davis vs
Murder, Inc.," Ron was convinced that a career change was in order.
Now, besides playing softball, his favorite pastime is to vividly
recreate a world familiar to so few.
Ron's current work is a biography of Emile Griffith, the great middle
and welterweight champion from the 1960s and early 1970s. He was also
the consultant on the documentary, Ring of Fire; the Story of Emile
Griffith, about Griffith’s legendary fights with Benny "Kid" Paret.
Ron, a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America, divides his
time between Oceanside, New York and Boca Raton, Florida. Ron Ross was
inducted into the Long Island Jewish Hall of Fame on May 21, 2006.
Check out his website
for more information.
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