Sport: Saved Before the Bell

Sad, pout-mouthed Jake La Motta is a sturdy fighter with an in & out record who currently holds the middleweight championship of the world. He won it on a fluke 15 months ago from the late Marcel Cerdan (TIME, June 27, 1949), who fought, after the first round, with the handicap of a torn shoulder muscle. In Detroit, where Jake had the luck to win his title, he defended it last week against Frenchman Laurent Dauthuille. Jake was lucky again.

For 13 rounds La Motta worked like a man in a doze: his footwork was sluggish, his left, normally sharp and stabbing,...

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