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OFF THE ROPES: THE RON LYLE STORY —Published for the first time in the United States, this is the highly-anticipated new edition of legendary seventies heavyweight Ron Lyle’s biography, by the late Candace Toft. Features a foreword by Showtime boxing analyst and International Boxing Hall of Fame member, Al Bernstein.

In a life as tough as his battles in the ring, Ron Lyle had already served hard time for second-degree murder before he started his amateur boxing career at the age of twenty-nine. After he turned pro, fans knew him as the man who had Muhammad Ali beat on the scorecards for ten rounds in a fight for the heavyweight title; as the man who fought George Foreman in a legendary brawl with four knockdowns that nearly saw Foreman knocked cold; and as the man who was arrested for murder a second time.

Off the Ropes: The Ron Lyle Story is not your typical boxing biography, exploring not only the greatest era of heavyweights in boxing history, but also telling an equally compelling personal tale.


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  • Publication Date: October 31, 2018
  • Author: Candace Toft
  • Features: Foreword by Al Bernstein (bio)
  • Availability: Worldwide
  • ISBNs:
    • Hardcover: 978-1-949590-01-2
    • Paperback: 978-1-949590-00-5
  • List Price:
    • Hardcover $27.95
    • Paperback $17.95
    • U.K. Paperback £10.95
  • Distribution: Two Rivers, an Ingram brand