Knox Puts a Nail in the Crippler's Coffin
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Knox Puts a Nail in the Crippler’s Coffin

2006_10_6fight3.jpgHow’s that for a sports headline?
Last night Toronto was witness to one of the most anticipated (and creative) book launches the city has seen in ages. What happened? Author Craig Davidson celebrated the release of his new novel, The Fighter, by getting in a fight, taken on poet Michael Knox in a three-round boxing match.
Florida Jack’s Boxing Club was at capacity for the event, with media swarming around the ring and the many of the key players in the Toronto lit scene on hand for a night of pugilism.
The undercard was a battle of publicists. No, the winner wasn’t decided by who got their client more press. It was a literal battle, as Stephen “Ghost Dog” Myers took on “Diesel” David Leonard in a close affair. Leonard controlled the pace of the fight, displaying superior ring generalship, but Myers landed some heavy blows (and, as he told me after the match, he’d never punched someone in the face prior to training.) At the end of the three rounds, the audience got to play the part of ringside judge, and awarded the bout to Leonard.
The main event saw ECW poet Michael “The Coffin Nail” Knox (pictured here at his most menacing) taking on man-of-the-night Craig “The Crippler” Davidson. While there was a vocal cheering section that supported Knox, the audience was firmly on Davidson’s side. While the first round was fairly close (I’d give it to Knox) the Coffin Nail took over in the second round, busting open Craig’s nose, and he managed to hold on in the third round despite a valiant charge by Davidson. Since this was an officially sanctioned bout – this was billed as the first officially sanctioned fight between two authors, as Callaghan vs. Hemingway was just sparring – their were actual legit judges on hand to score the fight.
The verdict: Michael Knox spoiled Craig’s party with a victory. I’d say Davidson couldn’t really be that mad at the results – his book is outstanding and he provided a night the lit community will talk about for a long time.
More photos of the event after the jump.

All photos taken by Ron “Lousy Photographer” Nurwisah