Re: Dempsey v Langford
"My new manager (John the Barber) was all business the first day he took over. "Jack," he said "we're going to make some real money. I've already got you a fight up in Boston."
Naturally, I was curious. And pleased. "Yeah? Who do I fight?"
John the Barber grinned. "Sam Langford," he said.
I just looked at the guy. "He'd kill me," I said.
He gave me a long song and dance about how good I was and what a win over Langford would mean. It made me sick to think he was talking about his own man, who had put thousands in his pockets.
"I've seen Langford," I said. "You're wasting your time. I won't fight him. He's too damned good for me."
Jack Dempsey from 'Dempsey, by the Man Himself' Simon and Schuster 1960.