Delightfully written in a chatty style, this book recounts the 30 years' experience of a well-known boxing referee, detailing a number of important contests, and meditating on the culture of the boxing ring and the personalities involved. Of the more than 2000 fights that the author refereed, only a tiny handful can be included, but boxing fans will find these fascinating and informative.
Eugene Corri (c.1857−1933) was a boxing referee, well-known and popular in the U.K., having himself been a boxer in his youth. He refereed over 2,000 fights, including Mickey Walker against Tommy Milligan in 1927. He appeared as himself in Alfred Hitchcock's silent movie The Ring (1927), introduced to the audience by the MC. He was one of the original members of the National Sporting Club. He published several books, including "Fifty Years in the Ring", which appeared the summer before he died.
Our book is in very nice condition, bound in red cloth with black title and illustration of 2 boxers on the front, and title etc in gilt lettering on the spine. The exterior is remarkably unworn for its age, with minimal rubbing of edges and angles, and almost no shelf wear or bumping of corners. The colour is a little dulled, but there are very few marks visible on the covers. Page edges are roughcut apart from the tops. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; pages clean and bright apart from slight staining on pp.62-3; no foxing. Many photographic illustrations. A nice 1st edition copy.