Friday, August 16, 2013

Sonny Liston

Sometimes my ****** says to me
How are you doing with all this?
Is it worth spending so much time on?
I hear people are all getting their real estate licenses these days. That
seems to be the thing.  Real estate. I hear they're making money.
Why are you getting angry, I just asked a simple question.
Stop being an asshole
I'm just asking if you have considered doing something else.
What do you mean, what am I getting at?
No I didn't say give up, I'm just saying
if you're putting all this time and effort into it and aren't seeing anything in return
maybe it's time to consider doing something else.
Well, what's wrong with real estate?
Honestly.  Tell me one thing wrong with getting a real estate license,
just in case.

All I have left is the roadwork and speedbag
the jumprope and combinations on the heavybag
all I have left is the fight tapes and photographs
and experience. 
Hard won experience. 
I've watched them come and go
and rise and fall
jump into riches, then fall, comet-like, into despair
but every day I'm out there before dawn
for the fight
and I don't do it for money.
I do it for the grocery clerk and landscaper and bartender and adult student
and divorced mother and paroled father and janitors working two jobs
to pay medical bills.
I do it because somebody has to
or else
the people have no champion
and we all have to give up and go get real estate licenses
but not yet.
Not nearly yet.

Harold Conrad (fight promoter): "People talked about Tyson before he got beat, but Liston was more ferocious, more indestructible. When Sonny gave you the evil eye, I don't care who you were, you shrunk to two feet tall."
Cassius Clay (Challenger): "After the fight I'm gonna build myself a pretty home and use him as a bearskin rug. Liston even smells like a bear. I'm gonna give him to the local zoo after I whup him. If Sonny Liston whups me, I'll kiss his feet in the ring, crawl out of the ring on my knees, tell him he's the greatest, and catch the next jet out of the country."
Jim Murray (Los Angeles Times Reporter): "The only thing at which Clay can beat Liston is reading the dictionary."
Hal March (Actor): "I think the fight will end in the dressing room. I think Clay is going to faint before he comes out."
Cassius Clay: "I won't lie, I was scared . . . It frightened me, just knowing how hard he hit. But I didn't have no choice but to go out and fight."
Mort Sharnik (Sportswriter): "Cassius hit Liston with a one-two combination; a jab followed by a straight right. Cassius pulled the jab back and there was a mouse underneath Sonny's right eye. Then he pulled the right back and there was a gash underneath the other eye . . . . It was like the armor plate of a battleship being pierced. I said to myself, 'My God, Cassius Clay is winning this fight!'"
Howard Cosell (Ringside Broadcaster): "Wait a minute!  Wait a minute!  Sonny Liston is not coming out!"
Cassius Clay (Heavyweight Champion of the World): "I'm the greatest!  I shook up the world!  I'm the greatest!  I shook up the world!"

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