In Showbusiness with Blood, Eamon Carr beguiles the reader with an insightful account of the world's greatest boxers, from Steve Collins to Mike Tyson to Tyson Fury and Katie Taylor. Boxing, Ireland's most successful Olympic sport, became turbo-charged in the mid-90s. A golden age followed as Irish boxers excelled in the harsh, violent and sometimes tragic business that is professional boxing.
Having become enamoured of the sport during a period of serious illness as a child, Eamon Carr was on hand to witness the victories and disasters. The core principle of prize-fighting - striking and defence - demands enormous courage each time the boxer steps forward. Surrounded by enthusiastic fans, the ring can yet be the loneliest place in the world.
Ireland embodies this tradition with renewed focus over the past three decades in a golden age of boxing. Showbusiness with Blood takes the reader on an intimate journey through Irish boxing's years of triumph and desolation. Carr's enthusiasm for the sport illuminates the dark corners of the fight game with stories from gruelling training camps, noisy press conferences, behind-the-scenes hustling and the savage brutality of championship fights.
These are stories of aspiration and devastation. Yet amid the chaos and destruction of the boxing ring are inspirational tales of courage, resilience and personal redemption: boxing's enduring saving graceFeatured boxers include: Steve Collins, Wayne McCullough, Bernard Dunne, Darren Sutherland, Tyson Fury, Jamie Conlan, Andy Lee, John Joe Nevin, Katie Taylor, Willie Casey, Carl Frampton, Michael Conlan, Mike Tyson, Seamus McDonagh, Conor McGregor, Martin Rogan, Michael Carruth, Francis Barrett, Matthew Macklin and Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan.