'The Professional'
by W.C. Heinz

The author of this book received two congratulatory notes upon its publication in 1958: one from Elmore Leonard and the other from Ernest Hemingway, who called it "the only good novel I've ever read about a fighter." The plot is about the month of rigorous training that middleweight Eddie Brown endures before his first, last, and best chance at world-title glory. Style-wise, the book owes much to Papa – though it deserves its own championship belt.