Tuesday, June 02, 2009



STEELE, Mo. – As the boxing world seems to go through another mindless cycle with only a handful of superstars on the scene today; former boxing promoter Rob Russen has just completed a hard-hitting novel that shows the scary side of the sport that has made millionaires out of the likes Manny Pacquaio, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr and Ricky Hatton.

Russen, who spent several years working for the late promoter Rick Parker and his “Rick Parker Presents” boxing organizations, details much of the political side of his beloved sport in “8…9…10…You’re Out!,” available now from www.btpress.net.

No punches are pulled in this story of lies, drugs, decent and more; however, readers will learn of the many punches pulled by boxers who were paid off to enhance the careers of Parker’s star performers.

“This is certainly a tell-all story,” said Brian Tramel, co-owner of www.btpress.net. “I’m sure many of the stories told in this book will shock everyone. I certainly couldn’t believe some of the things I discovered while completing the editing portion of the book.”

Fans of boxing greats will be stunned when they learn how promoters of some of the sport’s most beloved once used sex and drugs to wear down an opponent days before a championship fight. They will learn all of the details that eventually led to the murder of Parker himself for business practices that one of his prized fighter’s could take no more.

"There is no denying the irresistible charm of a sport that could produce so many delightful saints and sinners,” said Russen. “Yet for all its enchanting elements, there is no escaping boxing’s dark side, and all the constant reminders of why it is still called --- and rightfully so --- an unsavory racket.”

“8…9…10…You’re Out!” has a suggested retail price of $19.99 and is available for purchase online at www.BTPress.net and www.amazon.com.