When boxing was supreme, no athletic event, even the World Series, was bigger than a championship fight.
My father was a boxing fan, and he taught me how to lead with my left and keep my guard up. We listened to the big fights, like Rocky Marciano and Jersey Joe Walcott, Sugar Ray Robinson and Carmen Basilio. Ears pressed to the radio, the thud of the heavy blows could almost be felt across the airwaves.
When an uncle gave me and my twin brother boxing gloves, I thought my mother might knock HIM out.