“This is an entirely different world today. People have it a lot easier. The guys in the ring today couldn’t compare, wouldn’t stand a chance. The social circumstances are incomparable. People today can go out and get an education, and that’s good. But that wasn’t the case for everyone when I was fighting. People grew up in poverty, in an environment of no work, no prospects, and little hope. That lent itself to strong character, good fighters. You had to be to survive. There’s no depression today, no lingering effects of one. There’s not the same reason to be hard.”

Carmen Basilio, to The Ring, 1999

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