The story of Duk Koo Kim, in particular, is striking in its melancholy. His was a short life lived almost perpetually in extremis. Raised under dire circumstances, Kim was determined to use his limited fighting skills as a means to self-actualization. Excerpts from his diary, reproduced in the book, reveal the mindset of one of the many fighters whose involvement in a blood sport seems less utilitarian than pathological. In the end, the man who commissioned a carpenter to build a miniature coffin for Mancini (and who wrote "Kill or be Killed" on his lampshade before he made the ringwalk to his own death) was the very heart of the boxing heart of darkness. READ MORE FROM THE CRUELEST SPORT BY CLICKING LINK ABOVE.