Daily News from New York, New York on August 6, 1978 · 292
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Daily News from New York, New York · 292

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Sunday, August 6, 1978
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4 CO m or AT SPORTS PEOPLE Photos by Anthony Casale Text by Sfeve Goldstein Smokin' at the Mike "I fought them fair. I fought them square." Joe Frazier is still belting them out, only now it's the high notes in his version of "'My Way" the ex-champ had tailored to suit him by Paul Anka. We took in opening night of the "Smokin' Joe Frazier Revue" at the revived Cotton Club in Harlem and heard Joe get down with "Party Time." Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" and other goodies. In his dressing room before the opening bell, Joe daintily applied clear nail polish to the fists that once flew in Muhammad Ali's face. "Now that I don't fight anymore, I can let my nails grow." Joe said. Frazier. 34, still stays in shape but any idea of a comeback is gone forever. Now he's sponsoring other fighters, including son Marvis. a heavyweight who goes by the name. Little Smoke. On Aug. 14 Joe will be fighting against muscular dystrophy when he climbs into a ring in Longview, Texas, to take on First Brother Billy Carter. "I'm going to show him a few pointers." Joe laughed. Hmmm. Sounds more like a promo for two breweries. BUS :'$M A Passing Fancy A couple of days ago our candid cameraman caught Knicks' swingman Glen Gondrezick consorting with a known pigskin. What gives? Is the 6-foot-6 Gondo. who had such a promising rookie season, trading knee pads for shoulder pads? Not to worry. He was just kidding around with a few of the Jets at Hofstra University in Hempstead, where the Knicks held a clinic for neighborhood kids. If his form looks good, maybe it's because Glen was an all-state quarterback in high school in Boulder, Colo. "Jack Kent Cooke, the Redskins' owner, once said he wanted me to play for him." Gondo boasted. Yeah, Glen, but Cooke also owns the Lakers. Looking for a Fight Move over Smokin' Joe and Walter Mitty. Here's Paul (the Kid) Gevis, lean and mean at 154 pounds, and he's looking for a fight. But Paul just turned 61 and the State Athletic Commission doesn't want to give him a boxing license. "They said it was ridiculous." Gevis told us yesterday from his training camp in Catskill, N.Y. "I told them I didn't want their opinion, I just wanted a license." So Gevis, who teaches school in the Bronx, has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. Meanwhile, the former hairdresser and aspiring opera singer is doing roadwork and other exercise daily under the tutelage of famed trainer Cus D'Amato. Gevis said he's fed up with the way "old" people are shunted aside in this country. "I'm not some kook. I have complete confidence in myself." he said. He also sought his daughter's blessing. "You're weird, Dad," she told him. "But it's okay." It's okay with us. too, but we asked Paul who would he fight? Said the Kid: "That's a good question." I Bagels and Martina In town the other night with the WTT league-leading Boston Lobsters. Wimbledon champ Martina Navratilova first blitzed the chic Gucci shop on Fifth Ave. and then bolted to her favorite bagel noshery across from M;idison Square Garden, where she was besieged by the bagel bakers. "How come you never asked me for my autograph before"' Martina asked. "You never won Wimbledon before," someone shot back. It's been nearly three years since Martina jumped Czechoslovakia's iron net for freedom and big bucks in the U.S. Now the world's No. 1 woman tennis player is exhausted from the rigors of the team tennis tour. "There's no two nights I sleep in the same bed during the season." she said, hinting that this may be her swan song with WTT. We asked the 21-year-old about her current ambition. "My cup is half full," she said and left no doubt that the U.S. Open championship would top it off very nicely. Of the new Open site, she quipped: "Flushing Meadows, what an awful-sounding name." Yeah, but try making $38,000 for two weeks' work in Prague. it 2 W in V. c in H sc j so

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