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TIME RUNS OUT FOR ARCHIE
November 07, 1960
Archie Moore is old and he is wise, but he is also fat. A hard young Italian named Rinaldi whacked him into submission in a 10-round nontitle bout in Rome, to the delight of Italian boxing fans
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November 07, 1960

Time Runs Out For Archie

Archie Moore is old and he is wise, but he is also fat. A hard young Italian named Rinaldi whacked him into submission in a 10-round nontitle bout in Rome, to the delight of Italian boxing fans

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Archie's trainer, Dick Saddler, blamed some of Archie's excess weight on inability to comprehend the metric system and its confusing use of kilograms instead of simple pounds.

"I still don't know what we really weigh," Saddler sighed after the weighin, "and I haven't since we've been here. Everybody says 'It's about this' or 'It's about that' but we've never been sure."

It was costly fat in more than one respect. Archie had been guaranteed $20,000 but had agreed to forfeit $1,000 for every pound he weighed over 185. He could therefore have been docked $5,000 had not the promoters relented and given him $19,000. The promoters could afford to be generous, for, thanks to Moore's drawing power, they grossed about $65,000 in one of Italy's most financially successful fights of recent years.

"They sent us an old man to fight Rinaldi," an Italian fan cracked on getting his first look at Moore's graying head and ponderous paunch. And that, to be sure, was true, but it was a very remarkable old man. Next time, young Rinaldi, watch out!

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