Author: Lyra McKee

The fight of your life

The footage is nearly 40 years old but you can see him clearly: pasty, red-haired, more Irish-looking than Italian. “Some of you may have observed the knee brace on the left knee of Johnny Lira,” says the announcer, Howard Cosell. “That is occasioned by the fact that there are pellets in that knee. Remember I told you Lira had a troubled youth? The pellets the result of being a participant...