The Black Lights
by Thomas Hauser

A candid description of professional boxing that focuses on Don King, Billy Costello, his manager Mike Jones, and trainer Victor Valle. It is full of inside information, because the author traveled with the Costello team for three months and was allowed to sit in on exchanges between Don King and Mike Jones. The book is half about professional boxing in general and half about the efforts of Mike Jones and Billy Costello. It ends with Costello's successful title defense against Saol Mamby.

Billy Costello is from Kingston, New York. I saw him fight in the Kingston civic center. I knew his brother Vinnie and his father. The book title is a reference to Billy Costello's skin color. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it in one day.

Year Read: 1986


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