Six Rounds

Rated 3.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Blackjack Harrison fought twice for the world championship. Now he's just a name opponent trying to make a buck. An extra thirty grand to take a dive against an up-and-coming contender seems like a no-brainer to Harrison. But when the action in the ring gets a little too real, Harrison realizes he's fighting for his life—and there's no way he can win.
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About Bobby Mathews

Bobby Mathews attended Troy University, where he majored in journalism and minored in theater and English. His checkered past includes stints as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, where he won awards for his writing, editing and leadership. No, he has no idea what the contest judges were smoking, either.

He's also been a bartender, paralegal, and bum, occupations—or sidelines—that creep into his stories and novels.

"I write weird stories about monumentally fucked-up people," he says. "That's what interests me. I hope it interests other readers, too."

Mathews lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Review by: Graham Downs on May 31, 2016 :
Based on the description. I thought this was going to be a thriller, with a boxing backdrop.

I was wrong - the whole story describes a fight between the protagonist and his opponent, whom he has agreed to lose to, in exchange for thirty grand.

Honestly, I didn't think I would enjoy the book, once I realised that. I mean, I know absolutely nothing about the sport. Well, I was wrong. The story is gripping, and the themes run far deeper than boxing. What I needed to know was explained nicely, in a way that I could understand, and then the story moved on. It was great, and the ending was gut-wrenching.

I had an issue with the formatting of my e-book version, though. I like to read white text on a black background (it's easier on my eyes), but you can't do that with this book. For some reason, the text colour has been manually overridden to be a dark grey, practically impossible to read on a black background. I had to switch to a white background to read it... and it still wasn't very comfortable.

But that's the only reason (along with one or two noticeable editing issues) that I didn't give this story more stars. If you like short stories that make you question your philosophies, you should give this one a go.
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Review by: CJ on Aug. 27, 2015 :
I'm no writer and I admire writers. I don't really know exactly WHAT makes me like a story or not. With this one, though I'm a guy, I'm not much of a boxing fan which is probably why I thought this story was just okay. I found myself skimming some of the paragraphs.
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Review by: Larry_T on June 4, 2015 :
Good story if you like boxing.
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