That sentence rang a bell. I knew I've read it before somewhere, so I looked for it in the letter books and found the letter in "Reach For The Sun", page 28.
The first 10 lines are missing in "Home Planet News", but otherwise they're identical.
Great read for sure. I found it interesting Buk was looking forward to that fight. Not sure why, but maybe because I remember that fight so vividly. I was probably about 7 years old, but my dad was a huge Hearns fan, so I became one. That fight and Hearns-Haggler, where Hearns got knocked out in the 3rd round, maybe my two fave fights of all time.
Also hilarious when Buk says Duran was a fat man. Haha, "no mas, no mas."
that was great about the leonard-hearns fight! i saw that live back then and his analysis was right on. leonard got kicked by the mule but out-gutted him in the end. love that he was a fight fan and knew his shit. thanks mdr