Covering Spinks had had the immediacy that any journalist looks for--a complexity of events and characters with enough laughs along the way to keep the body fluids in perfect harmony. While in many respects Spinks encouraged the potential for convolutions that boxing held, what Sly could sense of the sport's normalcy was still two rings more than most workday circuses could boast.
In the years that followed he trundled off to one place or another from time to time to work up a few thousand words about this or that fight personage. While he would have liked to have spent more time writing boxing, that was not really in the cards; the reasons involved not only the dollars and cents of the free lance's life but the way in which boxing is perceived.
Boxing has always had a more amorphous following than have team competitions. Pro baseball, football, and basketball are grounded in the patterned particulars of preseason rites, in-season schedules, and athletes who, by and large, swear allegiance to the same team year after year. All that familiarity makes for fans who tend to feel loyal to the franchise.
Boxing is not so dutiful a spectacle. It is more like show