REST IN PEACE, GEORGE KIMBALL
|Written by Michael Woods|
|Thursday, 07 July 2011 11:21|
It is my sad duty to report that the literary lion of the fightwriting fraternity, George Kimball, has died.
We've all heard the typical phrases when folks succumb to cancer, how they battled valiantly. Truly, George went into his scrap with cancer a massive underdog, but he fought like Arturo Gatti, and managed to eke out far more time than all thought that he could. He was 67.
I was his "editor" here, but let me be clear on this. I merely proof-read what he sent me, checked the copy for typos, maybe changed a name spelling here or there. I never changed anything to "improve" it, I knew darn well the quality of his work, and my own limitations. George's stuff actually could be labeled, without hyperbole, "prose." It was good, and sometimes great.
The man covered four round club fights with the same attention to detail he afforded Hagler-Hearns, and every time he sent me a club show writeup which included minutiae on two never-gonne-bees, I shook my head, and tipped my cap to him.
Please do yourself a favor, and immerse yourself in the TSS Kimball archives here http://bit.ly/nZG1ld