International Boxing and World Boxing. Stanley Weston, Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, Marvin Hagler, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, publisher, subjects.

International Boxing and World Boxing. [24 Issues]

Rockville Centre, NY: T.V. Sports Inc., 1974-80. 24 issues, quarto, publisher's stapled color photo-illustrated wraps, printed on newsprint.

A dozen issues each of sportswriter, publisher, and boxing promoter Stanley Weston's premier boxing magazines of the 1970s, World Boxing and International Boxing. The 24 issues run from 1974 to 1980 and prominently feature Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali on their covers and in their pages, during a period when he took the title back from George Foreman in the historic "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire, defended it from multiple challengers (including victory against Joe Frazier by TKO in the "Thrilla from Manilla"), and lost it briefly to Leon Spinks, before surrendering it definitively to Larry Holmes and Parkinson's disease. Taken together, the issues, packed with black-and-white photos and hard-nosed reportage, constitute a real-time portrait of a golden age in Heavyweight fighting. Additionally, the back pages are filled with mail order ads catering to male fantasies of strength and virility, including for knives and guns, police badges, blow-up dolls, jock straps, chest hair growth agents, martial arts and other fitness programs, and more. Publisher Weston, who apprenticed at the original bible of boxing The Ring magazine (and ultimately bought it) was an accomplished collector of boxing memorabilia, and was posthumously inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006. Light creasing and wear to issues. Very good or better overall. Item #4454