Pretty fly for a white guy: the politics of race, nation and difference in professional boxing

John Harris, David Chaplin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

In 2008 Joe Calzaghe (from Wales) fought Bernard Hopkins (from the USA) in a light-heavyweight boxing match. Prior to the fight Hopkins had taunted Calzaghe with the refrain that he would never lose to a white boy. This paper assesses the interplay of discourses surrounding race and nation in the build-up to the contest between the two boxers. The analysis highlights how simplistic binaries are used to perpetuate notions of difference and considers how this accentuates divides in contested racial and national terrains.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalIdentities
Early online date16 Sep 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Calzaghe
  • Hopkins
  • Wales
  • USA
  • social class

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Pretty fly for a white guy: the politics of race, nation and difference in professional boxing'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this