Prizefighting: Skinning the Cat

"Now," said Cassius Clay at his press conference in Houston last week, "are there any questions you want to ask about my fighting ability?"

The reporters were respectfully si lent. The night before, in front of 35,460 people in Houston's Astrodome, Heavyweight Champion Clay had made believers out of all but his severest critics by utterly demolishing the man who was supposed to be his toughest challenger: Cleveland ("Big Cat") Williams. Granted, Williams, at 33, was nearly ten years older than Clay, and he was not exactly intact; in 1964, a .357...

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