John Raspanti has been with the Grueling Truth since 2017 and has written three boxing books that are all critically acclaimed
I became a boxing fan because of my father, who was a fan of Joe Louis. My dad boxed in the
Chicago Golden Gloves. I was a huge Muhammad Ali supporter and became a fan of the sport
from birth. I was born in Covina, CA in 1958. Laboring at a job he I hated for over 30 years did
gave me free time to write. I began writing for www.doghouseboxing (thanks to Anthony Cocks)
and, a few years later, www.maxboxing.com, assuming the lead writer and editor positions. In
2016, I co-authored (along with Dennis Taylor) Intimate Warfare: The True Story of The Arturo
Gatti And Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy an amazon.com bestseller. Thankfully, the book received
rave reviews. My second book, Blood On My Notebook: Dispatches From The World of
Professional Boxing is a collection of my most acclaimed work, including ringside reports,
features, history, and insight. Recently I collaborated with Jerry Fitch on A Few More Rounds: A
Collection of Boxing Tales. I started writing and podcasting with the Grueling Truth in 2017. I
love talking about boxing. The heart and determination of a boxer is something I greatly admire.
It’s about believing in yourself despite what others say. Believe it or not, I can relate. I started
writing at 50. Many told me I was crazy. I ignored the negativity and wrote. I was fortunate
enough to meet legendary publicist Bill Caplan in 2009. Bill set up interviews for me and
meetings. I loved it. My most cherished memories are spending many hours with Hall of Famer
Andre Ward and his trainer Virgil Hunter. Great people. These encounters helped shape me as a
writer -and my determination to prove “some” wrong. Many boxers do that all the time. My hope
is that my articles for The Grueling Truth educate and entertain.
Interesting facts about the author
My family is from Chicago so the Bears and the Cubs are my favorite teams. I’ve gone to
over 15 games at Wrigley Field and I never miss a chance to marvel at the place, and the
history that has happened there. The notorious side of Chicago fascinates me.
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