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MEET THEIR SON, THE WORLD CHAMPION
Pat Putnam
December 18, 1978
Mom is Jewish, Dad is Italian, and Mike Rossman—the Star of David tattooed on his calf—is the WBA light-heavyweight titleholder
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December 18, 1978

Meet Their Son, The World Champion

Mom is Jewish, Dad is Italian, and Mike Rossman—the Star of David tattooed on his calf—is the WBA light-heavyweight titleholder

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What the Italian had was a long jab and a quick, if not powerful, right hand. And after four rounds, he was no worse than even, while Rossman was bleeding slightly from the nose and mouth and from a small slice under his left eye.

"Enough of this," Robinson said. "Go after him now."

Rossman went to work. Both Robinson and the young champ had noted that Traversaro used a peek-a-boo defense under heavy fire. In the sixth round, Rossman snapped the Italian's head up with a right uppercut, then banged a left hook high off the forehead. The blow opened a deep cut in Traversaro's scalp. Referee Jesus Celis took one look at the spurting blood, realized that an artery had been severed and stopped the fight at 1:15 into the round.

"I'm glad he stopped it then," says Rossman. "It's not nice to say, but if he hadn't stopped it, I would have kept on punching. And the Italian would have lost an awful lot of blood."

Does that answer your questions, Mr. Chicago Advertising Man?

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