The Fighting Fisherman: Yvon Durelle

by Raymond Fraser

Yvon Durelle fought from the tiny Acadian hamlet of Baie Ste. Anne to within a heartbeat of being light-heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
Yvon Durelle fought from the tiny Acadian hamlet of Baie Ste. Anne to within a heartbeat of being light-heavyweight boxing champion of the world.
Durelle emerges in this book as a man of contradictions. His lifelong nickname was "Doux"--gentle--but he mastered a spectacularly brutal profession. Accounts of his fighting career reveal a man of incredible toughness and audacity: in 1952 he fought Olympic gold medalist Floyd Patterson with a broken hand. His life outside the ring was equally audacious: in 1977 he was charged with shooting and killing a man outside a Miramichi drinking club. This biography follows Durelle's painful progress through both worlds.
The Fighting Fisherman is a remarkably frank portrait of a complex man and a punishing sport.

About the Author

Raymond Fraser

RAYMOND FRASER was born in Chatham, New Brunswick. A prolific novelist, poet and editor, his books include The Bannonbridge Musicians (1978) and Rum River (1997).

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"a Story of raw, unadulterated courage; of pathos and sordidness."
London Free Press

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