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By Binnie Klein

A provocative story of an not going contender and her midlife transformation via boxing.

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Carbo ran New York boxing, which was the greatest boxing center, from his New York bookie operation until the 1960s, when he and Palermo were convicted and sentenced to prison. ” It was proof that if the Irish and Italians could get out of the tenements and gain power through crime, so could the Jews. ) evoked an odd thrill of recognition, like hearing the names of the Jewish boxers. “I think that people are taught to be timid,” John was saying. ” Timid. That sounded like me in relation to my body.

While speaking at a women’s prison, she hands out her autobiography Reach! to the younger girls. “Go after your dreams,” she tells them, their faces skeptical, sullen. ” Women’s boxing got professional acknowledgment in the 1970s. Today there are more than seven hundred professional women boxers, with the ranks of amateurs growing all the time, and women are finally going to be able to compete in boxing at the 2012 Olympics. Still, women make less money boxing than men. A match that might bring a man $5000 for the night may bring the woman only $1200.

My heart is slamming against my one-piece gymsuit. I tug at its bottom. Everything in grade school happened by height, and I was short, so there was precious little time to prepare. ” There I would go, to my place at the front with the other munchkins. I can do this. I’m not my sister. I crouch down, trying with all my might to tilt my head and neck backward, tucking them tight like a turtle retreating its head. It is such an unnatural movement I assume I’m going to break in two or faint. Imaginings of discomfort take up residence in my brain and I rehearse them until I am fraught with panic.

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