About the Novel:
The night "Battling Moish
Moskowitz beat "Midget" Rosenberg at the old Ice Palace on
Market Street, Moish viewed success as a simple equation;
you didn't have to be smart or gook looking, you just needed
to know how to make people laugh or how to fight. That was
Forty-one years later life had
gotten complicated. The reign of Jewish champions was over.
Boxing was almost exclusively black. Moish still spent every
day in the gym, Champs Gym, training a group of fighters
including Tyrone Braxton. There's a line between Balcks and
Jews that is seldom successfully juggled and never crossed.
For Moish, it was like that line didn't exist.
This is a story about the
relationships that developed between old men and young men
in a place where one was judged not by wins and losses but
rather on perseverance, strength of character, and a
willingness to stay in the game. The hype, the hopes, the
fears and dreams of Moish, Tyrone, and a cast of characters
known as the Baordroom play out across a landscape of smoky
arenas, sweaty boxing gyms, early morning breakfasts at
Murray's Delicatessen and late night drinks at Loretta's
High Hat Lounge. It was a place they called Soulville.
[From the back cover of
Author Mike Spector contributed his unabridged text of his new boxing
to this web site. Included in our web edition are exclusive photos taken
by Mike back
in the great old days of Philadelphia boxing in the 1970s.
We will present the entire novel in monthly
installments. However, if you want to order a
paperback copy of the actual novel, you can find it on Amazon.
Copyright 2010 - Mike Spector