Sport: It Was a Pleasure

One sportswriter (the late W. O. McGeehan) used to call it "the manly art of modified murder." And modified murder was what this particular boxing match looked like. In Manhattan's Polo Grounds 27-year-old Fritzie Zivic, world's welterweight champion, met 21-year-old Abraham Davidoff, U.S. Army private known in the ring as, Al ("Bummy") Davis, in about that was bloodier than a bullfight.

Bummy Davis, who used to be one of the toughest kids in Brooklyn's notoriously tough Brownsville section, had punched his way into the big time with a lambasting left hook. Bash-nosed Fritzie Zivic, youngest of Pittsburgh's five "Fighting Zivics," is no...

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