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Norman Mailer makes boxing seem so cool that even someone like me, who casually dismisses most displays of violence as gratuitous, can get into it. Just listening to the writer rap about a big heavyweight fight—as he did in the documentary When We Were Kings, about the infamous 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire—makes me wanna climb into the ring and kick someone’s butt. And the more I think about it, the more I realize boxing is a lot like sex. The buildup to the big moment can be endlessly stimulating. The reality of it, however—the yanked hair, the accidental jab to the ribs, the post-bout mess—is usually far from romantic. Take the recent Mike Tyson fight against Lou Savarese: over in 38 seconds. As I said, just like sex. Watch local contenders Reggie Green, Darryl Tyson, and Emmanuel Clottey trade blows tonight at 6:30 p.m. at D.C. Tunnel, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $20-$40. (202) 526-7960. (Annys Shin)