Prize Fighting: The Tenth Death


He was a familiar figure around the seamy fight clubs of Philadelphia, Washington, and Reading, Pa. — a sleepy-eyed Negro who would trade leather with anyone for the price of a train ticket and a night on the town.

Once, Ring magazine picked him as its "Promising Fighter of the Month"-but that was in 1958, and the promise was mostly unfulfilled. He lost almost as often as he won (ten wins, seven losses, three draws), and it was not long before Ernie Knox, 26, was eking out an un certain living from part-time jobs and unemployment checks. But always there was...

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