Over the past few months, this blog has been featuring a series of exclusive 'extras' relating to content from Boxiana: Volume 1, which will hopefully whet your appetite and persuade you to buy the full volume, which is now available as a paperback book (RRP £9.99) or ebook (RRP £3.99).
One of the extensive features in Volume 1 of Boxiana is an in-depth examination of the career of Deontay Wilder, the USA's great new heavyweight hope. Pictured above is an exclusive portrait of Deontay by the artist Trevor Von Eeden. This portrait ultimately was not used in the book due to the difficulty in accurately rendering Deontay's tattoos from the photo sources we had at our disposal. To see the portrait we did use in the book, you'll have to invest in a copy! Nevertheless, the above portrait does showcase Trevor's artistic skill, as well as show us what Deontay would look like without tattoos!
An anthology of new boxing writing Boxiana: Volume 1 is now available in both paperback and eBook formats. Boxiana editor Luke G. Williams said: “In a world dominated by 140 character limits and the 24-hour news cycle, brevity and superficiality have become de rigueur. Boxiana takes a different approach; by using long-form journalism to take an in-depth look at boxing’s past, present and future, we are hoping that Boxiana will become a vital new voice in sports writing.”
In Volume 1:
Trevor Von Eeden, author of graphic novel The Original Johnson, analyses the significance of Jack Johnson; Mario Mungia tries his hand at amateur boxing; Ben Williams uncovers his grandfather’s bare-knuckle career; James Hernandez catches up with Jon Thaxton; Matthew Ogborn ponders boxers and retirement; rising light heavyweight Chris Hobbs recounts his life in the military and the ring; Rowland Stone recalls a heady night in 1992; Corey Quincy attempts to solve the Wladimir Klitschko conundrum and Luke G. Williams examines the meteoric rise of Deontay Wilder and the under-rated career of Chris Byrd.