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THE SWEETHEART FROM LUNA
Russell Hoban
August 20, 1956
On the moon in the year 2056 the kid looked like a great fight prospect but the machines said he'd never win on Earth. Then—
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August 20, 1956

The Sweetheart From Luna

On the moon in the year 2056 the kid looked like a great fight prospect but the machines said he'd never win on Earth. Then—

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It made me sick. I thought I would vomit right there on the beach.

After that they put him on top right away at the Pollux Arena with Jensen and he stopped him in two rounds. From then on he fought at the Sport World Palace and knocked out Wilson, Mazzola, Fantine and Maderos. After them he took out Riley, Berg, Lensky and Leighton. From Jensen on, he fought nothing but contenders and in nine fights he cleaned up. Manny must of got back in the family good to get bouts like that right off.

So last night on the stereotelevision I seen Willie Buffo not move his hands for four rounds, and then with one punch he knocked out Benny Messina to become Heavyweight Champion of the Universe and they carried Willie out after the fight because he fainted. Manny Klein cleared a million dollars out of it.

Irving was very disappointed with Omnivac. He was tearing his hair out how could it make such a mistake. I got news for Irving. His machine is not a bum. Only this afternoon I had a letter from Manny. He says, while I'm here on Luna why don't I look up his nephew Sam Segal, who works on Omnivac. He says maybe Sam could give me the straight dope on any hot prospects I might find there.

Clipped to his letter is a piece of tape, the same tape that Sam looked at when he read off the numbers to me, only he didn't read so good. The last two lines are:

Optimum 1252721.90

Buffo 1252721.90

Well, I still have my health, thank The Maker, and maybe I'll buy a little property here and settle down. Besides, there's new kids coming up to the Old Luna Gym all the time. Who knows what could happen?

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