Library to Host Book Signing for 'West Texas Middleweight'

The signing will be held at Thursday in Texas Tech Library’s Croslin Room.

West Texas Middleweight

WHAT: Texas Tech University Libraries will host a book signing for the Texas Tech University Press publication, "West Texas Middleweight: The Story of LaVern Roach" by Frank Sikes.

The book tells the story of Plainview native LaVern Roach, who rose from obscurity to become one of boxing's most popular figures during the 1940s. Roach received the distinction of being named "The Ring Magazine's" Rookie of the Year in 1947 and was considered a top 10 contender for the middleweight championship of the world.

As a result of Roach's death - which marked the first nationally televised fight during which a boxer died from injuries received in the ring - the sport of boxing came under closer scrutiny by the general public than ever before.

The book chronicles Roach's road to his final fight and explains why, as noted by legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, "boxing changed because of LaVern Roach."

Refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the signing.

WHEN: 4 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 23)

WHERE: Texas Tech Library, Croslin Room

CONTACT: John Brock, marketing manager, Texas Tech University Press, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5609 or

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