Holmes - Against All Odds
Like so many boxing stories, Holmes's begins on
the wrong side of the tracks; he fights himself out and up from there.
Straight-ahead, hard-working, cautious at times, and free of attending
glitz, Against All Odds mirrors Holmes's style in the ring and out of it.
Its strength is its candor. Holmes never could
hide his emotions, or his petulance. His autobiography makes clear his
respect for Ali, his hatred of Don King, and the angers that raged around
his fight with Gerry Cooney. Indeed, rage is a character in itself. "It
was the part of me that always scared me a little because I never completely
accepted the fact that I had it in me," Holmes writes.
Accept it or not, he rode it to the title, and,
no small feat, held that title for seven years.