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Great Rounds Of Boxing History: Saad Muham...

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Great rounds of boxing history: Saad Muhammad v López II, round eight


By Paul Gibson

After taking 20 unanswered blows in a brutal eighth round, Matthew Saad Muhammad recovered and knocked out Yaqui López to retain his world title in 1980’s Fight of the Year. Even by the standards of the traditionally harrowing back stories of rags-to-riches-to-rags prizefighters, the early years of the great light heavyweight, Matthew Saad Muhammad, are particularly heart-rending. He was 27 years old by the time he knew his birth name and recollections of his time on earth as Maxwell Antonio Loach remained hazy until the day he died this May.

He could not recall the death of his mother or the disappearance of his father, or the time he and and his elder brother spent living in poverty with their aunt in South Philadelphia. Presumably his sub-conscious made the executive decision that no good could come from a child carrying around memories from such a start to life.

What he does remember is running after his brother when he was around five years old. I say around because his date of birth is known to the nearest three months rather than the nearest minute like most of us born in the second half of the 20th century. His brother’s legs proved too long and they soon disappeared from view. Little Maxwell was left lost, alone and helpless beside the busy Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a six-lane stretch of road that slices through the heart of Philadelphia and a stone’s throw from the steps Sylvester Stallone would immortalise in the Rocky movies....

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