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Boxing and The Mob: The Notorious History of the Sweet Science

Author Jeffrey Sussman has written an exciting, page-turner of a book entitled Boxing and the Mob: The Notorious History of the Sweet Science, which will be published on May 8.

New York, NY — If you loved Goodfellas, Casino, and The Godfather, you will love Boxing and the Mob: The Notorious History of the Sweet Science. This fascinating book is a history of the mob’s involvement in a professional boxing throughout the 20th Century.

You will read about major organized crime figures such as Owney Madden (a former gang member, killer, and major bootlegger, who controlled the heavyweight division of boxing through much of the 1930s), Frankie Carbo (a member of Murder Inc. responsible for dozens of murders, including the killing of Bugsy Siegel and who controlled boxing during the 1950s and early 1960s), and Blinky Palermo (the numbers king of Philadelphia, front man for Carbo, and fight manager who fixed every fight in which he had a controlling interest), and various others.

You will read testimony by Sammy “The Bull” Gravano about how the mob gains control of professional boxers. In addition, there are fast-paced stories about how numerous champion boxers either caved in to the mob, or stood firm against them. There is Jake LaMotta, the “Raging Bull,” who had to throw a fight in order to get a shot at the middleweight title; there is Carmen Basilio, who stood up against the mob, refusing to pay them any part of his earnings;  there is Sonny Liston, who was owned and eventually killed by the mob.

Boxing and the Mob is the first book to cover a century of fixed fights, paid-off referees, greedy managers, and misused boxers. Organized crime and the world of boxing are intertwined with absorbing detail in this notorious piece of American history.

Comments about Boxing and the Mob:The Notorious History of the Sweet Science:

In Boxing and the Mob:

“Jeffrey Sussman has written an exciting page-turner that exposes the mob’s control over the sport of boxing. This is a great book for fans of both boxing and true crime.” – S. M. Chris Franzblau, former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney for alleged organized crime figures and professional boxers.

“Boxing’s culture of corruption is legendary. It’s a great sport that was at the mercy of professional gamblers and mobsters for much of the 20th century. That dark chapter has waxed and waned over the years and is the subject of Jeffrey Sussman’s exciting and engaging book, Boxing and the Mob.” – Robert Ecksel, editor of

“Jeffrey Sussman has written a riveting, no-holds barred book about how the mob controlled boxing through much of the 20th Century. The book also contains bracing stories about boxers who were destroyed by the mob and those who refused to bend to the mob’s threats. I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a genuine page turner.”  – Robert A. Santucci, Esq., former Chief of the Rackets Bureau, Office of the District Attorney of Bronx County and Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York – Public Corruption Unit

“Jeffrey Sussman takes us on an incredible read into the mob’s greed-fueled violence and corruption of The Sweet Science.” – Joseph Giannini, boxing manager, promoter, and criminal defense attorney.

“Jeffery Sussman has written a riveting book that captures the entanglement of boxing and the mob. Once you start this book you will not put it down.” Bruce Silverglade, owner of Gleason’ s Gym.

Jeffrey Sussman is the author of 13 books of non-fiction; Boxing and the Mob is his third book about the sport of boxing. His previous two books on the sport are Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing and Rocky Graziano: Fists, Fame, and Fortune


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