Sport: Fights

In Manhattan, small Eligio Sardinias ("Kid Chocolate"), Cuban featherweight who looks as though he were made out of varnished ebony matchsticks, was defending his championship against Fidel La Barba, flyweight champion who defaulted his title five years ago to complete his education at Stanford. It was the 12th round and La Barba — who had been steadily pounding his left fist against Chocolate's ribs and getting his own head steadily thumped while doing so — had finally found the opening he wanted. He brought his left fist up, hard, against the point of...

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