What's the most famous punch ever thrown?
C'mon, you boxing fans; you must have your opinions. Was it the quick right cross from George Foreman that staggered Smokin' Joe? Or the jab the made Roberto Duran say "No mas?" Or maybe the phantom punch ("I saw that punch; it wouldn't have squashed a grape.") that helped Sonny Liston decide it was time to take his dive in Lewiston?
No, none of those, I'm afraid. In a century or two nobody will remember those punches, or the men who threw them. But people are still talking-- hey, I'm talking right now-- about a punch that may have been thrown nearly 1700 years ago.
According to legend, at the Council of Nicea, St. Nicholas-- whose feast we celebrate today-- took a swing at the heretic Arius-- and decked him! I don't know whether or not the legend is true. I hope so.
I wonder if Bishop Bruskewitz works out. Or Archbishop Burke. Anyone want to chip in and join me in buying them both gym memberships?
St. Nicholas, pray for us.
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