Sport: Return of the Ringmaster

First he was Cassius Clay, the lovable loudmouth who was going to "whup the world." Next he was the mysterious Muhammad Ali, spouting Black Muslim rhetoric. Then, slapped with a draft-evasion conviction and stripped of his title, he became the self-styled "champion of the people," a martyr to the black cause. Last week, 3½ years after his last professional fight, he was Cassius Clay again —at least in the ring where, shuffling, stabbing and slugging as of old, he pummeled Irishman Jerry Quarry into swift and violent submission.

The return was a long, hard...

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