Sport: Boxer's Breath

Bob Montgomery, Philadelphia Negro challenger for Beau Jack's lightweight crown, stood naked in a noisy gathering. He was weighing in for his 15-round bout with Jack (TIME, Nov. 23, 1942) last week in Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. To be eligible, he could not tip the scales at more than 135 Ib. And he was tipping them.

Even though he was trained to the minute and had not eaten solid food nor had a drink of water all morning, he registered slightly more than the 135-lb. mark. Chick Wergeles (rhymes with Hercules), Beau Jack's voluble little manager, let out a roar of protest....

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