In the daytime Hector Bebb drives a brewery lorry, but he's out early each morning for roadwork and every evening he trains for the big fight. Abe would have his boxers function as focused, sexless fighting machines. Hector has everything to make a world-beater, but his disillusioned wife. Millie suffers frantic consequences, and when Hector returns after winning the big fight he meets bigger trouble. Told by a series of interior monologues, the 14 characters in this novel give a vivid and loving picture of the boxing world. Originally published in 1970.