Friday, December 21, 2007

Archie Moore: The Mongoose

One of my favorite boxers of all time is the great Archie Moore, known as The Mongoose. His career spanned four decades of Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, and Muhammad Ali. Apart from his boxing skills, Moore was an avid reader and could recite whole passages from the works of Shakespeare. He boxed professionally well into old age and he has an astonishing record of 199 wins, 24 losses, 9 draws, with 145 official KOs. He died in Los Angeles at the age of 84. Once, when government officials were embarked on an anti-boxing campaign, Moore challenged a member of the government who wanted to mandate that every boxer be given a test for brain damage.

"I'll take the examination to test for brain damage if you will"

Of course, the government officials declined the offer.

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