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THE TATTOOED TIGER FROM NIGERIA
Gilbert Rogin
November 05, 1962
The tribal scars on Dick Tiger's torso didn't faze Gene Fullmer, but the African's fierce attack did. Now there is a new and convincing claimant to the disputed middleweight championship
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November 05, 1962

The Tattooed Tiger From Nigeria

The tribal scars on Dick Tiger's torso didn't faze Gene Fullmer, but the African's fierce attack did. Now there is a new and convincing claimant to the disputed middleweight championship

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Tiger was unmarked after the fight. Promoter Norman Rothschild came despondently to his dressing room to congratulate him for knocking off his meal ticket. "Thank you, sir," said Tiger, graciously. "I hoped you enjoyed the fight, sir." Fat chance. "Yes," Tiger admitted, "Fullmer hurt me sometime. He's a strong man, hard to knock down. But I never expect him to run back. People want to enjoy a fight. It's no good if he run back. I never dreamed I'd be champion. No, I'm glad."

Fullmer looked a mess but he was wryly cheerful, too. "I sure can't fight him the same way next time and beat him," he said. "We'll have to change something. Why did I lose? He hit me more, I guess. One thing, though. I don't have any false beard with me."

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