In his review dated August 27th, Mr. Hurley writes, “…It was with great pleasure that I picked up author Steve Marantz’s new book Sorcery At Caesars: Sugar Ray’s Marvelous Fight – an intriguing back story on the 1987 super-fight between middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard.” Mr. Hurley concludes his review positively, writing, “Sorcery At Caesars, despite a few reservations on the portrayal of Ray Leonard’s character and career is a must read for any boxing fan. Steve Marantz has written a compelling book about two of the most important figures in the sport of boxing of the last 25 years.”
Writing roughly a month later, Thomas Hauser seconded his colleague’s assessment, writing,”Sorcery at Caesars is entertaining history. Both fighters and their careers are nicely sketched: Leonard (the 1976 Olympic gold medalist and darling of America, who made US$40,000 for his first pro fight) and Hagler (a talented amateur, who had turned pro three years earlier and earned fifty dollars for his first fight).” Mr. Hauser also praises author Steve Marantz’s smooth writing and “interesting work in plumbing the depths of that dark side and the havoc that cocaine wreaked on Leonard’s life in the mid-1980s.”
Read the full review by Matthew Hurley here.