As I predicted, he has withdrawn his offer to fight Joshua, and is looking to fight Manuel Charr instead. This is as cynical a move as his fight against Tom Schwartz was a couple years ago. Blech.
It’s cruelty masquerading as sport.
When we were in school whenever a fight broke out, the kids would circle round and watch, shouting “Fight! Fight! Fight!” with enthusiasm. What were hoping to see? Pain? Injury? Humiliation?
Maybe we were hungry to establish a pecking order, who was boss of the playground? Who will be our king?
I really don’t know, if you have any ideas, leave them in the comments section.
But there might be something to that pecking order theory. I was challenged to a fight on two separate occasions too see who was the toughest. I was the biggest, that’s why I was selected for the honor of fighting for the Russel Erwine Elementary School Championship. The fellow I was supposed to fight was a friend of mine. I remember his first name was Don, and he was athletic. He wore his hair in a flat top. That’s all I remember. Here is the house he lived in. Still looks the same.
It wasn’t him that wanted the fight, it was other kids instigating this, setting a time and place, etc. I talked to Don and said that I didn’t want to fight him, that we were friends, and it would be stupid to fight just because these other kids wanted us to. He agreed, and we walked home. Some time later, my neighbor Joe (who was also in the same grade) said he heard I had “chickened out” of the fight. “Who told you that?” I demanded.
“Don did”, he said.
I ran the 200 yards to Don’s house, knocked hard on that side door you can see above and Don answered. “Come on out”, I said. “Why?” He wanted to know, and while I can’t quote what I said then exactly, I figure you can guess the gist. I was angry and probably loud because before I could get my pound of flesh, his mom came to the door and acted like a parent. I pointed and accused, she made him apologize. We shook hands.
We continued being friends after that too.
In that case the “King of the Playground” was really the prize and other kids wanted us to fight for it. Not sure if this explains kids general fascination with all things pugilistic, but it’s something.
My point is that they didn’t ask me to fight this other Don, who was hydrocephalic, Or Dino, who was chubby and six inches shorter. No they wanted me to fight a kid who was strong and athletic (and between you and me, could well have won), someone they figure was a match for me.
But fighting the weaker and less able is what Fury, the Tosser King, is doing. He’s going to beat up a smaller man for money.
It’s one thing to do that when you are starting out, or if you are a side-show attraction like Hanford Willis (see ‘the Twister”, below). But when you are the Champ…
Ali fought Alfredo Evangelista. I remember. But the press, or at least Howard Cosell didn’t give him a pass for it. They skewered him, called him out. Called him lazy, a coward.
And of course we know Ali did take on better competition and paid the price for it too. I don’t want that for the big Wanker, but he could be providing the public a thrilling spectacle, earing millions doing so, and maybe establishing himself as a great one.
But no, to paraphrase Darryl Philbin, he’s: “Sitting on his biscuit, doesn’t want to risk it.”