Urgent News - Carmen Basilio and Tony Zale Championship Belts Stolen From The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York!

Currently, the Canastota Police Department is requesting the public’s help. If anyone has any information regarding the burglary, police request that they contact Chief James Zophy, (315) -697-2240.

Police are investigating a Thursday morning pre-dawn burglary at the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 
According to Canastota Police Chief James Zophy, at approximately 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov.5, one or more burglars entered the Hall of Fame. Once inside, they broke three display cases that contained a total of six world championship belts. 

Four of the stolen belts belonged to Canastota legend, the late Carmen Basilio and two were won by Tony Zale. The location of the International Boxing Hall of Fame was in large part decided on as a result of Basilio’s ties to the Village of Canastota.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The new biography concerning the life and boxing career of two-time world middleweight champion Tony Zale is now available to order. Please see www.tonyzale.org for additional details. 

SEPT. 16, 2015. ADDITIONALLY,  I now have in my possession a number of copies of a brand new book titled 'Denver Jack Geyer, The Boxer. His Multi-faceted Life' that have been SIGNED in black ink on the title page by the author, his nephew Max A. Geyer. It's an 8 1/2" x 11" softcover, comprised of 69-pages and includes many rare photos.

Jack Geyer fought in the early 1900s and fought a number of the better heavyweights of that time including the likes of Carl Morris, Frank Moran, Battling Levinsky, Rufe Cameron and "Gunboat" Smith. In fact, he defeated both Moran and Smith. 

Here's what boxing historian Tracy Callis has to say about the book in the Introduction: "In this very informative book about "Denver" Jack Geyer, the author has provided a well-researched and detailed account of one of the better American heavyweight fighters during the teen years. Geyer posted a solid ring record with victories over such men as Ed "Gunboat" Smith (twice), Frank Moran, George "One-Round" Davis, James "Tut" Jackson and Rufe Cameron. He also served as a sparring partner for champions Jack Johnson and Jack Dempsey. In addition to his ring career, "Denver" Jack was a bodyguard for the famous western hero, Tom Mix, and a Plant Security Guard at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit after his retirement from boxing. The author utilized newspaper accounts and "Denver" Jack's personal scrapbook in tracing his career. The book includes descriptions of his ring battles, occurrences that involved his family and various endeavors and incidences in his personal life, and reads in an easy fashion enhanced by numerous photographs. It contains a goldmine of information about this man and man of those he encountered during his life."

$25 including postage in the U.S. $51.50 total overseas. 

Welcome to PRIZEFIGHTINGBOOKS.COM. I am an avid collector of boxing books and would like to help you build your own collection by offering for sale duplicate books that I acquire during my efforts to build my own collection. Please note that in addition to boxing books I have a number of non-boxing sports books listed on this site, as well as a great many other types of boxing memorabilia such as autographs, artwork, magazines, tickets, and other misc. items. Please contact me with any questions you may have concerning any of the listed items, or to request a scan.

As far as which boxing books are most desirable, every collector's opinion will differ somewhat. I recommend that you check out the website of Don Scott, editor of Boxing Collectors News at www.boxingcollectors.com for his opinion regarding books that are the most collectible. By the way, he puts out an excellent monthly newsletter on boxing memorabilia..

Another terrific resource to anyone who collects boxing books is two books written by R.A. Hartley; 'History & Bibliography of Boxing Books' (1989) and 'More Boxing Books' (1995). The author provides a listing of a very large number of boxing books that have been written, along with brief descriptions of each one. If you are a collector of boxing books, these two reference books are invaluable.

If you don't find a title you are looking for in my 'Boxing Books for Sale' section, please feel free to e-mail me a list of your wants and I will be happy to keep on file and contact you if I come across any of the desired titles. I would also be happy to answer any e-mail correspondence that you send regarding my own experiences in terms of prices for any boxing books that you might be pursuing. Lastly, as a collector of boxing books I would always be interested to hear from anyone regarding boxing titles, or boxing book collections that you might have available for sale or trade, especially pre-1935 titles.

I am currently looking for the following titles:
* The Battle of the Century by George Siler 1897
* Lessons in Boxing by George Dixon 1893
* A History of the Coffroth Family by James Coffroth 1926
* Famous Fights at the Stadium, C.A. Jeffries 1914
* Boxing in Nine Lessons by Battling Levinsky
* Ring Record & Fistic Facts #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 (1894-98)
* Police Gazette Sporting Annuals 1896-1906, 1910, 1917, 1919-20.

A more comprehensive list of titles I am still searching for may be viewed on my blog.

I am also interested in anything related to Sam Langford.

-Clay Moyle