JOHNNY LIRA: 1951-2012


“Like when I broke my jaw against Ernesto España. I’d broken it before, so I knew when I couldn’t talk right and it was going click-click-click, it was fucked up again. But you know what I was upset about? Yeah, yeah, I didn’t like losing. I had España down for a seven-count; three more seconds and I would have been champion of the world. But what I was really disappointed about was, I wasn’t going to be able to eat. Damn, after sacrificing my ass off, my jaw was going to be wired up and I wasn’t going to be able to eat any spaghetti or steak or anything like that. On the way to the hospital, though, you know what I made ‘em do? I made ‘em stop so I could get a banana split.”

Johnny Lira to John Schulian, 1985


Date of birth approximate.

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