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 graduated in 1964 and has been a full-time writer ever since. He has written eight books of fiction, two biographies, five poetry collections, and a volume of memoirs, essays, and stories. His novel The Bannonbridge Musicians (Breakwater, 1978) was runner-up for the Governor General's Award. His most recent book is In Another Life (Lion's Head, 2009(, a novel.
"a Story of raw, unadulterated courage; of pathos and sordidness."
London Free Press