Wednesday November 18th, 2009

A Selection

From The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling:

In the course of his boxing career, which was not otherwise distinguished, Kearns has the fortune to meet the two fighters who in my opinion had the best ring names of all time — Honey Mellody and Mysterious Billy Smith. Smith was also a welterweight champion. “He was always doing something mysterious,” Kearns says. “Like he would step on your foot, and when you looked down, he would bite you in the ear. If I had a fighter like that now, I would lick heavyweights. But we are living in a bad period all around. The writers are always crabbing about the fighters we got now, but look at the writers you got now themselves. All they think about is home to wife and children, instead of laying around saloons soaking up information.”