"I noticed something on a lampshade. It was writing in Korean and when I asked the interpreter what it meant, he said it meant roughly, 'Live or Die.'"
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On November 13, 1982, in an outdoor arena next to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini beat Duk Koo Kim to retain his World Boxing Association lightweight championship title. It was a thrilling match
, but its aftermath quickly turned into a nightmare
, as Kim fell into a coma, and, a few days later, died. The bout's effects have rippled outward ever since.
Mancini himself kept fighting for a few more years
, but he "was never Boom Boom again. Maybe one small boom but seldom boom boom and never, ever Boom Boom
." The WBA's rules changed
to prevent such a thing from happening again. And the bout may be the only fight memorialized in songs named after each of the combatants: Warren Zevon capturing the excitement around the fight favorite
, both before and after the match, in "Boom Boom Mancini
", and Sun Kil Moon in "Duk Koo Kim
", a 14-minute-long immersion in sound