Prizefighting: A Title for Trieste

The boxing world was once aghast to discover that Gene Tunney occasionally read books. So there is no telling how much damage Italy's Giovanni Benvenuti, 29, may do to the image of the sport. Imagine a prizefighter who looks like a Beatle, reads Voltaire, listens to Chopin, and trains on vintage wine. Actually, "Nino" Benvenuti never got past high school in his native Trieste, and something may be lost in the translation, since he speaks only Italian. But his interpreter at least uses words like "impetus" and "counterproductive," and ascribes to Nino...

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