A little (or a lot) on the trashy side

Verbal battles in boxing go back to the early days of bare-knuckle prizefighting

Updated: April 17, 2013, 3:30 PM ET
By Nigel Collins | ESPN.com

My front-row balcony seat at the Miami Beach Auditorium gave me a good view of the ring, but when I heard a commotion coming from just inside the entrance to the ground floor, I had to lean over the railing and crane my neck to see what was going on. A noisy group of people was gathered around a handsome young man who was shouting and waving a fistful of money. At first it was difficult to understand what he was saying above the hubbub, but even at a distance, it was easy to recognize Cassius ...

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