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The Fighting Fisherman

The Life of Yvon Durelle

By Raymond Fraser

$19.95 Paperback
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Yvon Durelle fought from the tiny Acadian hamlet of Baie Ste. Anne to within a heartbeat of being light-heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
Durelle emerges in this book as a man of contradictions. His lifelong nickname was "Doux"--gentle--but he mastered a spectacularly brutal profession. Accounts of his fighting career reveal a man of incredible toughness and audacity: in 1952 he fought Olympic gold medalist Floyd Patterson with a broken hand. His life outside the ring was equally audacious: in 1977 he was charged with shooting and killing a man outside a Miramichi drinking club. This biography follows Durelle's painful progress through both worlds.
The Fighting Fisherman is a remarkably frank portrait of a complex man and a punishing sport.
This edition replaces the Goodread edition of this title, ISBN 0-8878-0114-5.


Winner - Lieutenant Governor's Award for High Achievement in English Literary Arts - 2009

"A story of raw, unadulterated courage; of pathos and sordidness."

- London Free Press

"An authentic Canadian tragic hero ... superb!"

- Montreal Gazette

"Rare quality for sports biographies: it recognizes the flaws of its subject, and in doing so gives Yvon Durelle a stature and dignity he may never have otherwise received."

- Quill & Quire

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 304 pages
Publication Date: 6th June 2005
ISBN: 9780887806568
Format: 8in x 5.5in

BISAC Code:, BIO016000, SPO008000
Imprint: Formac


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