Sunday, June 6, 2010

Throwing In The Towel ...

You've heard that term and probably used it a few times. But here the literal meaning of it. The folks in the corner of boxer Yuri Foreman (black trunks) wanted to end his title fight with Miguel Cotto (l) at Yankee Stadium early in the 8th round. The towel came in, the fight was stopped and Cotto thought he was the winner. But the referee, Arthur Mercante Jr (r) said the fight must continue because he felt Foreman - who was hobbled by a twisted knee - was doing a good job defending himself. One round later, Cotto won on a technical knockout. The origin of the term, 'throwing in the towel' dates back to the late 1800's and has always applied to boxing and giving up the fight.

No comments: