Sport: The Man Who Wouldn't Go Down

Beau Jack, the Negro shoeshine boy from Georgia, had earned about $500,000 in the ring and kept almost none of it. Recently he blew in the last big chunk on a flashy new car, but insisted "I'll be all right." For he was the Golden Boy, who drew more cash customers into Madison Square Garden than any fighter living. He had twice won & lost the lightweight crown. No fighter had ever knocked him down for the full count.

In Philadelphia last week, it would have been better for Beau had he obeyed the laws of physics and fallen down. In the...

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