Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 11/7/14
From Mark Kriegel, the bestselling author of Namath and Pistol comes THE GOOD SON: The Life of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, the definitive biography that uncovers the full story of Ray’s quest for redemption—first for his father and then for himself. On November 13, 1982 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, six short months after the 21-year-old Ray claimed that world championship title he had promised his father, he got the chance to showcase his talents on a national stage. But during this fight, broadcast on network television, Ray’s challenger, Duk Koo Kim of Korea, went down in the 14th round—and died within days. His death haunted Ray, as did the news that Kim’s despairing mother took her own life back in Korea shortly thereafter. These events ruined Ray’s carefully-crafted public image and sent him into a deep depression—haunted by thoughts of Kim, and the fate of his son growing up fatherless in Korea. In reporting this book, Kriegel traveled throughout Korea to uncover K...
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