Sport: Earmarks

The cauliflower ear, characteristic flora of the prize ring, is withering away. Careful inspection of the three champions now training to defend their titles within the month— Jack Dempsey against Tom Gibbons, Johnny Kilbane against Eugene Criqui, Jimmy Wilde against Pancho Villa—reveals that none show the effects of auricular horticulture. Further research into the personal appearances of the six other ring champions discloses only one cauliflower ear. It is attached to the head of Johnny Dundee. A cauliflower ear is the ridged, mushroom-like appendage that remains after years of unfriendly massage by...

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