Sport: Who Fights Who

Ex-Sailor Bob Murphy wades into a fight with the free-swinging enthusiasm of a shore-leave sailor for a barroom brawl. Last week, facing Jake LaMotta at Yankee Stadium, Murphy was right in his element, throwing punches with the thumping regularity of a piston—if not with a piston's precision.

In the first round, Murphy's wild uppercuts, jabs and crosses chopped a cut in LaMotta's chin. LaMotta, whose own style is modeled on an alley-fighter's slugging tactics, never had a chance. By the end of Round Seven, bleeding from seven cuts, his eyes puffed almost to...

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