Biograpgy-novel imbued with truth and epic fights, my father wraps and unwraps his beautiful big hands, thick and dense, we speak of boxing, we talk about us. …And I, who have grown up with these stories, I’ve known since childhood their smells, their emotions, and even their poetry. I have chewed boxing in the love of my father's sterness and now find myself running to gyms, to ringsides, to capture the exhilarating images of men in conglict with themselves. I’ve seen their his past made of awful stories, transform and redeem itself in an anxious exchange of blows. Suddenly, in memory, their torture has meaning. Sacrifice and suffering until you're in spasms is the joy of few men… who in overcoming the conflicts of where they grew up, become adults, finally rewarded…with peace in their souls.

Gianna Garbelli ©2015 copyright
author/director/ring side expert

In following the events of her father’s life, Gianna Garbelli has been able to highlight his great humanity, the human achievements even before his sporting success. Success that however were threatened and undermined by the crimes of the Italian-American Mafia, who only exploited the Champion Giancarlo for its own monetary gain, without ever offering him the opportunities of a world crown. Title or not title the great Garbelli fought all the best champions in those amazing years of boxing around the world. The book also features amusing stories and anecdotes, some out-right hilarious, of characters from an era that seem to be sketched out by the likes of Bianciardi, or even Gianni Brera. Nowadays, where we find ourselves surrounded by hardships, often dramatic to the point of suicide, Giancarlo’s story reminds those who didn’t know of it, of another Italy, of people who came out of a battlefield, from the ring of life, with fists tight, and their heads held high: a generation that never gave up.

Gianni Clerici,
writer and Tennis Hall of Fame

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