By George Kimball
This compilation of boxing-related observation, feedback, reportage, and research represents the decade's most sensible from award-winning activities journalist George Kimball. With decisions culled from a wide range of courses together with Boxing Digest, the Irish Times, ESPN.com, and TheSweetScience.com, it is a hard-hitting examine the present country of the game. Kimball pulls no punches as he dissects the triumphs, defeats, and blunders of the main figures in boxing from the day prior to this and today—including Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de los angeles Hoya, and dozens more—bringing all of the controversies and personalities vividly to life.
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M. in Scotland. At the pre-fight press conference Watt was asked whether the unusual starting time would be a problem. “No, ” Watt replied, accurately. ” The bout hinged on a collision of heads that was seen by everyone save the Belgian referee, Raymond Balderoux. Both fighters were cut, although O’Grady’s was the more serious of the wounds. When it was finally stopped in the 12th, Watt was ahead on all three cards, but O’Grady had proved this time that he belonged in such heady company. The following spring, his cuts having healed, Sean was matched against Emanuel Steward’s WBA lightweight champion Hilmer Kenty.
On October 18, 1956, a sometime guitar player named Elvis Aaron Presley pulled his Lincoln Mark II into a Gulf station on Second Street for repairs. His presence soon attracted a crowd, and an attendant named Ed Hopper ordered him to move the vehicle. When Presley didn’t respond quickly enough for Hopper’s liking, the attendant, according to testimony of the day, took a shot at Elvis, belting him in the chops through the open driver’s side window, at which point Presley stepped out of the car and belted him back.
In their travels Lacy was subjected to many of the same indignities his subject was. In spring training in Florida and in many major league cities the two had to share quarters in segregated hotels. When the Dodgers barnstormed their way through New Orleans, Lacy, barred from the press box, had to cover the game from the stadium roof—where, to his surprise, he was joined by a sympathetic gaggle of baseball writers from the major New York papers. In Robinson’s first major league season, 1947, Lacy was denied admission to the press box at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field.