"I Only Like It Better When the Pain Comes": More Notes Toward a Cultural Definition of Prizefighting

Early, Gerald
December 1983
Hudson Review;Winter1983/1984, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p656
In this article the author recounts an incident of a fight between the author's cousin Gino Fernandez and another boy called Jeff Chandler. The author remarks that it is remotely possible to recall the reason for the fight. The author, then lived in South Philadelphia and his cousin, who lived in West Philadelphia, would from time to time come to visit him and spend a few days. On this particular day of the fight, Gino's being from West Philadelphia and therefore a stranger in the neighborhood may have had something to do with the antagonism between the boys. Jeff probably instigated the fight because he was always a very tough small boy who took a great deal of pride in his ability to fight.


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