Neither, maybe, are their coaches.
Hayden Fry, head coach at Southern Methodist, now rides an electric cart—like those used on golf courses—around the practice field.
Back in the 1950s Al Braverman was a busy New York fight manager. He had a large hand in the management of a few name fighters—Chico Vejar and Arthur Persley come to mind—but he was known best as a supplier of preliminary fighters for out-of-town cards. His home offices were Stillman's Gym and the back of his father's hock shop next door, where he kept a cluttered desk behind the furcoat racks. Three or four times a week Braverman would load up his 1953 Cadillac with fighters and head for such fight towns as Holyoke, Mass. and Providence. When out of town he would pass the time in museums and art galleries. "I was always a bug on art," he says. "After the weigh-in every stupid fight manager would run to the movies, the creeps. Twelve to 6 at night I would go to a museum or antique stores."
That was a few years ago. Since then TV has killed the out-of-town clubs, Stillman's has been torn down to make way for a motel, and the '53 Caddy has, in Braverman's words, "been scrapped along with the fighters." But unlike the creeps who had no inner resources, Fight Manager Braverman hustled himself a place in the art world. A couple of weeks ago he and his wife, Renée, opened the Theater East Gallery in Manhattan with a show featuring the works of five contemporary American artists. One of these, Maxim Bugzester, has drawn critical acclaim for the architectural character that "marks his work with quality."
"How do boxing and art tie in?" asks Braverman. "Well, I never had a world's champeen in boxing, but I have a world's champeen in this Maxim Bugzester. I have him exclusively, like a fighter. He's got color and movement. He's a natural, like a young Tony Janiro, but he's been tutored by Braque and Bonnard. It was always known that I had great selections in boxing—all the creeps used to come to me to ask who to bet—and in my selection of Bugzester I feel I have a future champeen. If I hit it right with this guy, we're on top."