Kluck, Ted A.

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Kluck, Ted A.

PERSONAL:

Male.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Lansing, MI. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Writer.

WRITINGS:

Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories, Lyons Press (Guilford, CT), 2006.

Paper Tiger: One Athletes Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football, Lyons Press (Guilford, CT), 2007.

Game Time: Inside College Football, Lyons Press (Guilford, CT), 2007.

Contributor to periodicals, including Sports Spectrum and ESPN The Magazine; also contributor to Cyberboxingzone.com.

SIDELIGHTS:

For his first book, sports writer Ted A. Kluck chose the controversial former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson as his subject. Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories tells what it was like to face the dominating Tyson in the ring, while also serving as a commentary on the boxing profession as a whole. Kluck interviewed famous boxers who fought Tyson, such as Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, as well as many boxers who were either never famous or who have since fallen out of public view. Also discussing Tyson's own fall from grace due to his prison sentence and violent behavior both in the ring and out, Kluck shows just what a difficult life boxing can be, where only the very lucky manage to retire in comfort. "Facing Tyson isn't a book about winners," explained Sean Goff in the Sunday Business Post. "It's about lost dreams and coping with what life has left to offer after the lights go down and the stadium empties." A Kirkus Reviews contributor asserted that Kluck's book "delivers some wake-up shots to the boxing community."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2006, review of Facing Tyson: Fifteen Fighters, Fifteen Stories, p. 768.

ONLINE

Sunday Business Post,http://www.sundaybusinesspost.com/ (January 28, 2007), Sean Goff, "Stark Stories from the Square Ring," review of Facing Tyson.

Ted Kluck Home Page,http://www.tedkluck.com (April 19, 2007).

Times Online,http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ (January 18, 2007), Kevin Eason, "The Insider," review of Facing Tyson.