Prizefighting: How About That Whozis?

Even in such undistinguished company as George Chuvalo, Brian London and Henry Cooper, Karl Mildenberger hardly seemed a name to be reckoned with. Cassius Clay, for instance, couldn't even remember it. "Who is your next challenger?" somebody asked the heavyweight champion, and Clay replied: "I don't know, but he's the champion of Germany."

Actually, Mildenberger, 28, was the champion of all Europe. He had lost only two out of his 54 professional fights, and he was something of an oddity besides: a lefthander. Experts still sneered at Karl's credentials. For one thing,...

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