Pianists: Roger, Over and Out

While the prelims are on, the champ goes through his warm-up routine. He flexes hands that have been strengthened by years of squeezing a hard rubber ball. He slips on the gloves for a fast workout on a punching bag. Using an old fighter's trick, he smears Vaseline around his eyebrows to keep perspiration out of his eyes. Then Roger Williams, amateur boxer and former welterweight champion of Idaho's Farragut Naval Training Station, steps onstage for his nightly bout with the piano.

In his most recent engagement at Colorado Springs' Broadmoor Hotel, he came out of his corner fast with...

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