The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Adventures in the Fight Racket #33

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

Robinson to Get Maxim-um Sugar

New York -- Middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson (right) playfully lifts light heavyweight champion Joey Maxim's crown at meeting, which resulted in the scheduling of a light heavyweight title bout in Yankee Stadium, June 23. Sugar Ray is asking that should he win Maxim's title, he be allowed to retain his middleweight crown. Reliable sources in the International Boxing Club have revealed that Robinson will get 35 percent, although the title at stake is held by Maxim. (1952)


Tommy O'C said...

Are they both thinking the same thing? It's Ray's crown whenever he wants it...

Brent McKee said...

Except of course it wasn't. Maxim beat Robinson in one of the strangest fights ever. Held during a record heatwave, Robinson built up a nearly insurmountable lead, but the combination of hyperthermia and Maxim's ability to last and deliver heavy blows meant that Robinson wasn't able to answer the bell for the 14th and final round. Maxim won by a TKO. He not only outlasted Robinson but also referee Ruby Goldstein and dozens of spectators, all of whom had to be stretchered out during the fight. Maxim eventually lost his title to Archie Moore.