The Fighter

Novelist Craig Davidson follows up his debut Rust and Bone with The Fighter, a fictional look into the world of bare-knuckle boxing.

Craig Davidson

Paul Harris is a spoiled rich kid who has never had to work for anything. Rob Tully is a born fighter who trains daily with his father and Uncle Tommy, believing that his gift can change all their lives for the better. When two men step into the ring of an underground fight club, only one will walk out. Set in the world of illegal bare-knuckle boxing, The Fighter pulls no punches in its depiction of lives lived in desperation. Written with the power and originality of his debut, Rust and Bone, The Fighter secures Davidson's reputation as a talent to watch. (From Penguin Canada)

From the book

They say a man can change his personality—the basic essence of who or what he is—by five percent. Five percent: the total change any one of us is capable of. 

At first it sounds trivial. Five percent, what's that? A fingernail paring. But consider the vastness of the human psyche and that number acquires real weight. Think five percent of the Earth's total landmass, five percent of the known universe. Millions of square acres, billions of light years.  Consider how a change of five percent could alter anyone. Imagine dominoes lined in neat straight rows, the world of possibilities set in motion at a touch. 

Five percent: everything changes. Five percent: a whole new person.   

From The Fighter by Craig Davidson ©2007. Published by Penguin Canada.