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Original Issue

Sore Loser

Howling at twilight, his face a tortured but truculent mask, Carmen Basilio taunts the ringside photographs in salt lake City as Referee Pete Giacoma watches apprehensively. At the end of the eighth round of his futile, furious battle to regain the middlewieght title from Gene Fullmer, Basilio was knocked down with a left hook, a fall that he yelled. Basilio lost on a TKO in the 12th (see page 48), barbarously beaten but unbowed.