PERSPECTIVE

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“Half of these present-day fighters haven’t got their hearts in the game. All they are after is money, money, money! Money today is the king of the fighters. I fought because I wanted to fight and could not fight often enough. If you are in it for the money only, your heart is in your mouth always as you’re scared of being hurt. In our day, the sport meant more to us … the love of the ring, the ‘resin and the romantic figures. We don’t get fighters today like them … the great Bob Fitzsimmons, John L. Sullivan, Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett, God bless their souls. The likes of that bunch don’t appear any more. They belonged to my era, the era of great fighters and thrilling fights. Now, they merely cuddle and hug each other all night. Why don’t they punch decently?”

Torpedo Billy Murphy

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