Muniz is co-managed by Ed Sobel, a Los Angeles office supply wholesaler, and Sobel's brother, Howard Storm, a Borscht Belt comic turned television director. Storm flew in Saturday on the red-eye from L.A., where he was completing a version of The Three Little Pigs for Faerie Tale Theatre. "One of these runts will turn into the Big Bad Wolf," Storm said of the two fighters. He was right. Chandler huffed and puffed and blew Muniz away.
Chandler won the fight with only subdued support from his manager, onetime vaudeville hoofer K.O. Becky O'Neill, who went to the fight with a bandage around her head. "My house exploded," she explained. Police believe a defective gas meter caused the explosion and subsequent fire on Dec. 10 in which K.O. suffered first-degree burns while salvaging Chandler's championship belt. "You could smell the smoke on the belt in the dressing room," said her husband, Willie O'Neill, Chandler's trainer. "It was still sizzling."
Chandler was gracious in victory. He embraced Muniz and praised his gallantry. "Oscar is a great bantamweight," Chandler said. "Jeff is a great bantamweight champion," Muniz said.
"I was rock and Oscar was paper," offered Chandler. "He was big enough to cover me the first time, but the second time, I smashed myself into him and ripped right through him. My forward progress stopped his momentum."
As O'Donnell says, "Any body in motion will tend to remain in motion until solid matter intervenes suddenly."