Sport: Express

Nine years ago William Michael Petrolle was nicknamed "The Fargo Express" because, until he became a prizefighter after taking a correspondence course in a school for boxers managed by onetime Heavyweight Tom Gibbons, he had worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad at Fargo, N. Dak. In Manhattan's Madison Square Garden, where two years ago he won the most spectacular fight of his career against Jimmy McClarnin, ugly little Petrolle last week sat wrapped in his lucky Indian robe, scowling across the ring at a promising welterweight called Eddie Ran. Ran, knocked down three times...

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