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THE DOCTOR WHO MAKES FIGHT CALLS
Dr. Ferdie Pacheco
November 08, 1976
Never one to say "Take two uppercuts and call me in the morning," this physician cares for the denizens of a classic training gym
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November 08, 1976

The Doctor Who Makes Fight Calls

Never one to say "Take two uppercuts and call me in the morning," this physician cares for the denizens of a classic training gym

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"Sam, you gotta help me," says Eddie Mack. "Send me up a heavyweight. Anybody. Please."

"Eddie, how good an opponent you got?" asks Sam.

"Just a guy. Not bad, a banger. Can't take a punch and got no heart."

"All right," says Sam. "I got a great-looking kid. Jewish. Weighs 200 after training today and he's ready. Fourteen straight knockouts."

Silence on the Boston end of the line. You must understand that in the 1930s having a Jewish heavyweight with 14 straight knockouts was like having an annuity for life. There were a million guys ready to fight, but very few white, Jewish heavyweights. Finally, Eddie regains his voice. "Sam, your kid with the 14 knockouts. Why would you send me this kid? What do you want, a mortgage on my gym for this kid?"

"Just five hundred and expenses."

"You got it. And, Sam, I promise I won't get your kid hurt. Put him on the train. I'll personally meet the train. And, Sam, I'll add a few bucks in gratitude."

There is a sellout crowd for the fight; word has gone out through Beantown that a great young Jewish heavy with 14 straight knockouts is going to fight Battling Bummer. And sure enough, the first round is all action and the young kid is killing his opponent. The second round starts with more of the same when the embattled Bummer swings from the floor and catches the Jewish heavyweight on the jaw. Down he goes. And slowly the crowd falls silent as the count goes to 10 and there is no sign of life from the fallen warrior.

Next day a crestfallen Eddie Mack calls Sam Aaronson. "I sent the money down with the kid," he says.

"Good, good. So how did the fight go?"

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