AFTER DISPOSING OF MOST OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS, ARCHIE MOORE LICKS A MIDDLEWEIGHT AND THUS EARNS A SHOT AT THE TITLE
July 04, 1955
It looks as if life is going to begin at 40 for Archie Moore. The "records" to the contrary, he's at least 39 now, and a 39-year-old fist fighter is something like a 60-year-old ballerina. Sure, it's possible, but you have to see it to believe it. Thirty is the great divide for most fighters. It's an 18-to-30 sport, and anybody functioning effectively into his fourth decade is a phenomenon. Even the great ones buckle in these middle years. Joe Louis was losing his magic at 33. The 35-year-old Ray Robinson is a creaky imitator of the incomparable Sugar Ray we want to remember. The indomitable spirit of Mickey Walker wasn't enough to keep him on his feet against the Paul Pirrones and the Eric Seeligs once he crossed the bar of 33. A good man like Ezzard Charles is an old man at 34.
July 04, 1955
After Disposing Of Most Of The Heavyweight Contenders, Archie Moore Licks A Middleweight And Thus Earns A Shot At The Title
MOSS FOR THE STONE
Still, it will be a busy and interesting and profitable evening for this old stone from San Diego who is finally rolling into the big money after fighting for small change from here to Tasmania and back again by way of North Adams, Mass. and Panama.