Prizefighting: Show for the Case

It was a scene reminiscent of prizefighting's happier days, of Dempsey and the Million-Dollar Gate, when the Sweet Science was still sweet and Fight Night had the glamour and excitement of a Broadway opening. At Manhattan's new $43 million Madison Square Garden, tuxedoed gents and long-gowned ladies crowded into the $100 ringside seats, and a total of 18,096 fans paid $658,503, the biggest indoor gate in history, to see the kind of fight card that is all too rare: a doubleheader that matched 1) Italy's slick-boxing Nino Benvenuti, 29, against Slugger Emile...

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