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The Pugilists

I don't think I could punch another human being to the ground in a ring surrounded by tens of thousands screaming drunks. The whole thing sounds like fear personified. And don't forget the other guy is a trained athlete who is trying to knock you down. That doesn't mean I don't take strength from the pugilists.  
 
Tyson Fury came from the poorest section of Britain the Gypsies. The other British people look down there nose at the gypsies for various reasons. A lot of gypsy men live fast and end up in prison. Tyson Fury was from that world and his parents believed he could be world champion. They were right. After his victory over Wladimir Klitschko he had issues with his mental health. Everyone jealous of his pugilism said he was finished and that he was a "Pikey Cunt"(English racial slang). He proved everyone wrong he came back from the bottom of shit and fought his way back to the top of the world. I take strength from him because he didn't let mental illness beat him, he kept fighting and he won. He is inspirational even though his art is knocking humans to the ground.  
 
Frank Bruno is another man who defied all the odds of Britain. He grew up in London and he was black at a time when the UK was still very racist, not much has changed since then but it is a little better. Frank had to fight and take a beating to prove his worth as a black man in Britain. He was too young to take on the American hard men of the heavy weight division. He should have had more training boughts before he took on Americas best, he should have been aloud to train his technique before he went into the ring with the hardest punchers the world had to offer. The thing with Frank was he had one helluva punch and he had more heart and fight in him than anyone, he was fearless and he took so much punishment to prove himself to the world. He was cut down with mental illness and he came back from it. He was world champion, and he is an inspiration to the British, and the world.  
 
Joe Frazier was Rocky; everything you love about the rocky films was lifted from Joe's career. He ran five miles to work, he punched the meat, and he ran up the steps. He took on the world and he won, he even beat Mohammud Ali. They built a statue of Sylvester Stallone in Philly, long before they built a statue of Joe Frazier and it was his story Hollywood stole from him. Maybe it was because he was black I don't know.
 
Mike Tyson, just, Mike Tyson. He was a heavy weight at the age of thirteen. He was a happy kid, until somebody ripped the head of off one of his pigeons. He flattened the guy out. Then he ran with a gang, robbing gangsters of their drugs and stash, at thirteen ruled the streets of Brooklyn. Then he became the champion of the world.  
 
Finally I couldn't talk about boxers without saying something about Mohammud Ali. The story that sticks in my mind is the medal. He brought the gold medal back to his town and he was still treated like dirt because he was black, he said he threw the medal into the river.  
Then he became champion of the world. They locked him up for refusing to go to Vietnam. I think to myself that I believe this guy did more for the world than we give him credit for. He was the greatest of all time.  
 
I take strength from these fighters, even though I lack the will to punch people in the face. Even If I wanted to my hands are deformed on both sides. If I broke my thumbs I would ruin thirteen years of reconstructive surgery. My fight is with words.
Frustrated_prole
Written by Frustrated_prole
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Author's Note
Blackbrook 2020
Youtube Documentary -Tyson Fury
Youtube Documentary - Frank Bruno
Joe Frazier Documentary
Blackbrook 2020
Youtube Documentary -Tyson Fury
Youtube Documentary - Frank Bruno
Joe Frazier Documentary
Tyson - Documentary
Mohammud Ali - Documentary
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