white Rhodesians howled Du Bois down at last, and Muleya received his
invitation. On the day of the meet he waited, quietly apart on the infield
grass, while Pirie and a New Zealander named Murray Halberg were presented to
the Governor of Southern Rhodesia, Vice Admiral Sir Peveril William-Powlett.
Then, barefooted as usual, he squatted at the starting line. It was a hot,
humid day, hard on the visitors, and the three-mile race ended in a rainstorm.
When Muleya crossed the finish line far in the lead there were approximately
100 yards of apartheid between him and Gordon Pirie, his nearest opponent.
The victory made
a nice crack in Rhodesia's grim racial barrier, and Pirie widened it a little
more. "With better training and coaching," said Pirie, "Muleya
could be in the world class." And when officials gave him a shield
commemorating his visit to Southern Rhodesia, Pirie thanked them for it, turned
his back upon them and presented it to Yotham Muleya, who had earned a trophy
but had not received one.
I want to get to
the top as fast as possible," says Lamar Clark, a young heavyweight boxer
from Cedar City, Utah, who helps his widowed mother sell the bread she bakes
when he isn't hurrying upward. On the way up Clark has laid 26 or 27 opponents
flat on the floor in 11 months—two of them in one single night, three of them
in another and six more at Bingham recently in about nine minutes of fighting
time. Clark had come to the Utah city prepared to kayo a mere four fighters in
one night, but two of his opponents failed to appear. Whereupon Lamar's
manager, Marvin Jenson, offered to pay $50 to anyone who wished to step into
the ring with Clark, and got four volunteers.
No. 1 was Dale
Randall. As he entered the ring a reporter asked him how many fights he had
had. "None," said Randall gallantly. Twenty-two seconds later, Randall,
who professes to wrestle professionally, demonstrated his honesty by being
knocked out. "I hate boxing. I always have," he said upon arising.
No. 2 was Johnny
Loudd, who claimed he had 23 fights but didn't remain upright long enough to
substantiate the story. Loudd lasted a minute and 19 seconds.
No. 3 was Dick
Pearce, who lasted 44 seconds. No. 4 was Young Kidd, who claimed he had 12
fights, but was knocked out in one minute and 52 seconds. "He hits
hard," said Kidd.
No. 5 was Jack
Reed, who went out with Clark's first punch. No. 6 was Wayne Emmett. Emmett, to
his everlasting credit, stayed on his feet throughout the first round and for a
minute and 42 seconds of the second before joining the horizontal company of
Randall, Loudd, Pearce, Kidd and Reed. "I didn't think he hurt me,"
this challenge business just doesn't work," said Manager Jenson coyly as he
surveyed the wreckage and contemplated the headlines. "I'd never seen any
of these guys before. A couple of them obviously had no intention of fighting.
From now on it will be one fight a night, against better talent."
Marv decides is O.K. by me," said Lamar Clark wearily. "I just want to
get to the top as fast as possible."