Prize Fighter

The man in the white suite told me that he was a professional prize fighter who fought under the name “Spider Webb.” He even gave me his manager’s name and phone number … just in case I knew of someone who wanted to fight him. I was photographing him when one of his fans came out of a bar. Webb had an illustrious career. He won three NCAA championships as a light middleweight and represented the U.S. in the 1952 Olympics. Webb then turned professional. In his prime, during the 1950s, he beat some of the best middleweights in the world and eventually ranked among the top four. He retired in 1961 with an impressive 34-6-0 career record. For those who wish to know more, IBRO, the international boxing research organization, compiled an impressively detailed biography of Webb.

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