Sport: Debut in Manhattan

Harry Matthews of Seattle has been knocking over the hambos of the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions for eight years, but the wise boys just asked, "Who'd he ever beat?" Matthews had fought most of his 87 fights on the West Coast (and won 55 by knockouts), had never in his life been matched into Madison Square Garden. Last week, against a slugging left-hander named Bob Murphy, distinctly no hambo, he made his Garden debut. Murphy and the skeptical East Coast found out about Harry Matthews.

From the opening bell, ex-Sailor Murphy came boring in like a brawling longshoreman, trying to land the...

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