JULY 2006


01 Rinsing Off the Mouthpiece
By GorDoom

02 Poem of the Month
By Tom Smario

03 Pollack's Picks
By Adam Pollack

04 Top Women Worth Watching
and Televising

By Adam Pollack

05 Holman Williams Belongs
in the Hall of Fame

By Harry Otty

06 Touching Gloves With...
"Joltin" Jeff Chandler

By Dan Hanley

07 Puppy Garcia Was
Something Special

By Enrique Encinosa

08 Muhammad's Real War
By Cliff Endicott

09 Champagne On Ice
By Ron Lipton

10 "Dick Tiger: The Life and Times
of a Boxing Immortal"

By Adeyinka Makinde

11 Floyd Patterson:
He Always Got Up

By Ron Lipton

12 Nat Fleischer, "Mr. Boxing"
By Monte Cox

13 "Ring of Hate"
Book Review by J.D. Vena

14 "Gilroy Was Here"
Book Review by Mike Delisa

15 Audio From the Archives [mp3]
The CBZ presents another classic boxing-themed radio show. This month we have the Thin Man in "The Passionate Palooka," from July 6, 1948


Afterwards

It's afterwards
the public never sees.
Buying tickets entitles
you to leave like rubberneckers
passing by an accident.

In the dressing room
and afterwards
men suffer in private
what occured in the ring.
Sometimes they sit there
and cry and sometimes
they just sit there dignified.

I've taken guys
to the hospital right after
a fight and picked them up
weeks later.

Sometimes their body heals
but their heads don't.
Psychological injuries
take longer to heal
than bones. The only
safe place is the gym
among the brotherhood.
Souls mend here.

Ego is an artist
in his element
dancing and darting
among the shotgun punches.
Once the bell rings
you're either the hunter
or the hunted.

People sit at ringside
calculating blows landed
and arrange them into catagories
for a safe and sanitary t.v. audience.
If it gets ugly, change the station.
Remember Benny "Kid" Paret?
The public was mesmerized
before they were repulsed.
Now it's "ah hell, who cares?"

Broken hearts
and blood stains
in the toilet bowl,
what you don't see
doesn't hurt you.

--Tom Smario

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