White Collar Boxing
One Man's Journey from the Office to the Ring
By John E. Oden
(Hatherleigh Press, Hardcover, 9781578262076, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 6, 2005
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Fists, fury and the sweet science of white collar boxing.
From elite boarding schools to executive boardrooms, white collar boxing has never been more popular. With its roots in the English aristocracy, the "Sweet Science" is gaining fans among the alpha males (and females) of industry, banking, finance, and law.
Now white collar boxer John Oden traces the history of the sport from organized bouts at English boarding schools in the 19th Century to today's brawls between stockbrokers and bankers. Along the way he details his own transformation from a milquetoast investment banker to "The Pecos Kid," one of the most fearsome white collar boxers in New York.
Boxing legends Gerry Cooney and trainer Emanuel Steward, among others, have enthusiastically embraced white collar boxing. At the intersection of professional and amateur boxing, it has inspired men and women from many different walks of life to participate in the ancient sport.
Each month, bouts are scheduled in the glistening hubs of finance from London to New York—black-tie charity events where some of the world's most powerful businesspeople battle each other into submission. White Collar Boxing is a compelling look at one man's odyssey through this growing phenomenon.
John Oden has competed in over 20 bouts in the 13 years he has been boxing. A principal in money management sales at Bernstein Investment Research & Management in New York, he works with the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and spars with the former heavyweight contender, Gerry Cooney. Born in Pecos, Texas, he now lives in New York City.
"Captivating. Heavy hitting. An authentic boxing story that I couldn't put down. Oden has stepped into the ring with a powerful one-two combination of courage and commitment that will inspire readers of all ages to live their dreams. I recommend this book highly."
-Don King, legendary boxing promoter
"Just when you thought everything about boxing had been written, along comes this magnificent book by John Oden giving us a different view from a different pew, one as seen through the eyes of the white collar boxer. White Collar Boxing is deserving of a place on all boxing--no, make that all sports--fans' bookshelves."
-Bert Randolph Sugar, Boxing Hall of Fame writer