And the first inkling that times were changing came when Professor Ron Taylor, Principal of the Academy of Fistiana
(patronised by Royalty) couldn't persuade a single young miner into his famous boxing booth, two quid for three rounds with his bruiser.
Aficionados of fistiana
and/or beefcake should show up early for John Keabler's solo warmup routine, establishing a suitably sweaty mood.
I have a first edition of Fistiana
or The Oracle Of The Ring.
That said, in Fistiana
, a book of prizefighting, they refer to him as Joe Randall.
It was The American Fistiana
; the book recorded the most important bouts of the previous four decades.
WHAT a month this is for mistyeyed followers of what boxing's first chronicler Pearce Egan called Fistiana
. What a month for all those who tell you after yet another travesty of a "world title" fight that the Old Game ain't what it used to be.