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  from Split Decisions
  Sherman Alexie
   
 

                                       1.

  Memory:  Muhammad Ali
                                               knocked down
  for the first time
  in his career
  by a thunderous left hook
                                               by Joe Frazier
   
 

                                       2.

  Stay down! Stay down! I imagine
                                                          Muhammad Ali
  heard every voice, felt
  every pair of white hands
  pressed down against his chest
   
  white hands
  reaching through the television set.