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Long before Donnie Brasco introduced the term ‘Fugazy’ as meaning a fake, there was a certain writer from Sports Illustrated who labeled a would be boxing promoter named William Fugazy a fraud.

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HAIL, HAIL, THE GANG'S ALL HERE

 

By Robert H. Boyle - 1961

ALL FIVE MEMBERS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE PATTERSON-JOHANSSON FIGHT NEXT MONTH. RIGHT NOW, HOWEVER, THEY ARE SO BUSY FEUDING WITH ONE ANOTHER THAT THEY SOMETIMES SEEM TO FORGET ABOUT THE BIG FIGHT COMING UP

Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson goes to Florida this week to start the final round of training for his title fight with Ingemar Johansson in Miami Beach on March 13. In his wake will be the most bizarre cast of characters to hit the road since Jack Kerouac and his buddies careened across the country.

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In order of their proximity to Patterson, they are Cus D'Amato, his unlicensed but loquacious manager; a lawyer with the unlikely name of Julius November; Roy Cohn, Senator McCarthy's old sidekick; Bill Fugazy, a fancy Dan who is Cohn's partner in Feature Sports Inc., the promoter of the bout; and Irving B. Kahn, the 5-foot-9, 240-pound president of TelePrompTer Corporation, the outfit that will show the fight on closed-circuit television in this country and Canada.

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All five are individualists, and they often disagree with one another. What gives spice to their declarations is that some of them dislike one another intensely. D'Amato, for instance, detests Cohn and loathes Fugazy. Fugazy regards D'Amato as "mentally ill" and is often irked by Kahn. Kahn, in turn, is suspicious of almost everyone. He tape-records phone calls and conversations with visitors in his office. (He explains his penchant for taping by saying that it is more accurate and easier than taking notes with a pencil. He usually does it secretly.) Kahn is such an enthusiast of the electronic that Cohn suspects he may even conceal a mike on his person when he lumbers forth from his office. "He's so fat no one could find it," Cohn says. Once, in retaliation for taping, Cohn read through a batch of confidential papers in a briefcase Kahn inadvertently had left behind at Johansson's training camp. "He was livid," Cohn says with satisfaction. "Roy," says Kahn, restraining himself, "has a rather oddball sense of humor."

To read more on the Sports illustrated vault:

https://www.si.com/vault/1961/02/20/579561/hail-hail-the-gangs-all-here

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