Sport: For Love of a Smelly Art

Horror and majesty, savagery and science, Hagler and Hearns

In the latest of the last of the big fights, Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns argued vehemently for and against boxing, proving both positions. It was horrible and magnificent. The first round is being called the best ever, though there have been a few fights before and Dempsey-Firpo was well received in 1923. Even retreating, Hearns slugged boldly. Hagler was a monster. He swears, "I love the boxing game like a little boy," though this was far from the effect. "I love the smell," he says, even of his own blood, diluting his sweat like a hemorrhage in a sink, rendering...

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