Originally Posted by Cobra33
SAL-Thats ashame that the trainers treated him that way.
..............It was. They essentially thought of him as a bit of a bum, like people treat the homeless people they see on street corners looking for money; eyes straight, pretend not to notice, that kind of thing.
I don't think many kids knew who he was, either. I was a student of boxing history then, and knew of him because he fought my hero three times, so I was hip to what he was all about, the '72 Olympics, all that. I was thrilled to have met him, so he liked me. My first sparring session went badly, and the first person I ran into coming down from the ring was Ray (not the trainer), taking me by the shoulder and telling me I did okay, just work on this or that, and I'd be fine.