Prizefighting: Lunch for a Lion

It was a typical night in Las Vegas. Otherwise sane people gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars at the craps and roulette tables. Several thousand spectators stood around for hours while a priest and police coaxed a shot gun away from a 29-year-old man who was threatening suicide in the back seat of a taxi. On stage at the Sahara, Comedian Buddy Hackett talked for 56 minutes straight — partly about his boy hood bouts with pimples, caused by lack of sex. And at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Cassius Clay, alias Muhammad Ali, spat carefully on the...

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