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The Destruction Of A Giant
How I Beat Jess Willard
April 1977 | Volume 28, Issue 3
I grabbed a paper. There it was, my name in big, bold headlines. I was the Heavyweight Champion of the World. All of a sudden, standing barefoot on the street with a newsboy at my side, I felt the full impact of my victory. I had the impulse to yell “Look at me! I did it!” but held myself back. I reached into my pockets to give the kid a buck but found my pockets empty. I told him to pick it up in the morning from the room clerk.
“You don’t owe me nothin’—Champ!”