THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY?
This was back at the old Gramercy Gym on 14th St in New York.
I'm sitting ringside watching sparring and talking fights with some of the regulars and another guy joins the conversation and introduces himself as Harold Green.
Harold Green was a helluva middleweight who beat Rocky Graziano twice in the '40s.
Soon as one of the guys hears him say Harold Green, he's all over him with questions -- wants to know every detail of what it was like facing Graziano: Was Graziano as hard a puncher as everyone said? Did Graziano every hurt him?
The guy couldn't have been nicer -- showed us how he slipped Rocky's right and made him pay; how he kept Rocky off-balance with his jab -- spent hours answering every question before he had to leave.
The guy asking the questions was Harold Green.