Prizefighting: The Mouth

What do Archibald Lee Wright, Walker Smith, Rocco Francis Marchegiano, Arnold Raymond Cream, Joseph Louis Barrow and Carmine Tilelli have in common with Cassius Marcellus Clay? They all were boxing champions who preferred to be known by their aliases* rather than by their proper names. The resemblance ends in the general vicinity of the mouth.

Once Clay confined himself to spouting poetry and proclaiming "I am the greatest." Then he won the world heavyweight championship, joined the Black Muslims, changed his name to Muhammad AliĀ—and his loquaciousness turned to logorrhea. He railed...

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