The Barfighter by Ivan G. Goldman

The Barfighter
Ivan G. Goldman
The Permanent Press (2009)
ISBN 9781579621827
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/09)


Part-time college instructor/boxer, Lee Cheskis has found that his life has been severely affected by problems with anger management.  Getting in trouble once again, after another bar fight, Lee finds himself only able to teach one class and having to attend a court-ordered, anger-management program.  On a positive note, he is very attracted to the woman in charge of the group.  He also reluctantly discovers a natural heavyweight fighter who is also an LA gang member and also in need of anger-management services. Once Cheskis decides to help the heavyweight, his life gets much more exciting.  He also takes us back through his own entertaining experiences, during the earlier days, in the boxing world as a fighter.

“The Barfighter” is a very entertaining novel.  The author Ivan G. Goldman puts you right at ringside for this adventure.  The stories come across as being very true to life, and the boxing world is written in such a way that I would imagine it to be.  The issues that Cheskis faces because of his anger-management issues are also very realistic.  Goldman has the chapters divided into sections reflective of different years.  Each section has its own flavor for the times it is covering.  This part was very well done.

Fans that enjoy the boxing ring will really enjoy “The Barfighter” by Ivan G. Goldman.  It will definitely make them wonder about the lives of the men that they watch in the real ring!

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