Art Aragon’s Sweetest Ladies

By George Thomas Clark on July 15, 2013
Art Aragon’s Sweetest Ladies
Boxing’s a terrible sport. I preferred broads. I dated Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

Fans packed my headline shows at the Olympic Auditorium. Most booed me. But I guarantee some also wanted me to win…

Hey, in the 1950s I owned L.A., had the town to myself, maybe shared it a little with the Rams. Not to brag, but I was one of the best looking guys around, better than most actors whose girlfriends I plugged whenever I wanted. I really wasn’t Arrogant Art, though. I just enjoyed looking down on opponents. You gotta be tough in the ring. I should’ve been born later. I’d have been junior welterweight champ, guaranteed. But it was either lightweight at 135 pounds or welterweight at 147. I had to squeeze my balls to make the former or battle bigger boxers in the latter. Still, I knocked out 62 guys.

Fans packed my headline shows at the Olympic Auditorium. Most booed me. But I guarantee some also wanted me to win, especially wives and girlfriends who’d suddenly become interested in the manly art. Lots of guys didn’t like that. What could they do? If they messed with me in a bar or on the street, and that includes giving the wrong look, I’d kick ass. An occasional arrest didn’t bother me. Neither did court. But it got expensive. Most of the time I was fighting to pay lawyers and former wives.

I really should’ve been champion. Here’s what I mean. In 1951, strong and lively at 142 pounds, I decisioned lightweight champ Jimmy Carter in a non-title fight. Less than three months later, starving and sweating myself to make 135, I wobbled around the ring, getting dominated by the same guy. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking in 1958 when I put on soft weight and fought Carmen Basilio, a brawler who’d been welterweight and middleweight champ and recently split decisions with Sugar Ray Robinson. Carmen pummeled me for eight rounds.

Less than two years later I quit, dizzy all the time. Try getting belted in the head for a living. I won’t lie. Boxing’s a terrible sport. I preferred being with broads. Can’t give you the whole list. Space limits us. But I’ll tell you I dated Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Imagine what they were like. 

George Thomas Clark is the author of Uppercuts: Tales from the Ring, a collection of boxing stories available as an eBook at and other Digital Stores. His short story collection, The Bold Investor, is also available. See the author’s website at

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  1. The Travelling Man 05:39pm, 07/18/2013

    Clarence George , I’m glad she was able to keep her head on straight!

  2. George Thomas Clark 03:03pm, 07/18/2013

    Clarence - I just checked it out and you’re right about Jayne not being decapitated.  News reports at the time were incorrect.  Evidently her hair, or a wig, got crushed into the windshield.  Either way, it was a terrible accident, the top of the care sheared off.  The kids, sleeping in back, “survived with minor injuries.”

  3. Clarence George 01:04pm, 07/18/2013

    By the way, GTC, as you surely realize, Jayne wasn’t known for her discretion—wherever I place her would immediately and inevitably become the focal point.  Indeed, I never have to turn on the light in my closet; she has rendered it quite luminous.

  4. Clarence George 12:37pm, 07/18/2013

    It’s a pip, GTC, the autograph accompanied by a photo of ample cleavage and buxomness.  She’ll emerge from the closet when I learn how to say no to a female who has the most amazing pair of gams I’ve ever seen, as well as the preternatural ability to render the surrounding temperature positively arctic.

    In reference to TTM’s observation…Jayne was in fact not decapitated, despite everyone thinking she was.

    Not a fan of her daughter, by the way—reasonably attractive, but addlepated and self-righteous.

  5. The Travelling Man 11:57am, 07/18/2013

    I hear she gave good “head.”

  6. George Thomas Clark 09:38am, 07/18/2013

    Clarence - that sounds like a beautiful decoration, much too good to hide.  Isn’t there a discrete place in your office to hang it?

  7. Clarence George 05:32am, 07/18/2013

    By the way, I have a beautifully framed Jayne Mansfield autograph (on pink paper!), which used to hang on my wall.  She Who Must Be Obeyed made a female fuss, so she now sits in my closet (Jayne, not SWMBO).

    Jayne holds first place on my list of top 10 all-time delectables.

  8. FrankinDallas 04:50pm, 07/16/2013

    Glad to see Jayne was a clean lady. Took a bath every day.
    I’ve read a book by a rock n roll road manager who claimed Jayne
    did 4 to 5 guys every day.

  9. George Thomas Clark 03:36pm, 07/16/2013

    Thanks, Irish.  Pound for pound Mickey Rooney had to be tough: he had about nine wives. 
    By the way I just got back from Las Vegas where, in addition to watching some NBA ball, I visited Sonny Liston’s grave this morning.  Naturally, Sonny also agreed to chat.

  10. kid vegas 11:55am, 07/16/2013

    Nice to see a foamy Jane with her head on straight.

  11. kid vegas 11:54am, 07/16/2013


  12. Clarence George 09:11am, 07/16/2013

    Keenan Wynn.

  13. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 07:54am, 07/16/2013

    Cracking my noggin trying to remember the name of the actor hunching up to Marilyn in the Gilmore Field photos.

  14. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpelg 07:30am, 07/16/2013

    George Thomas Clark-Love these articles that elevate this site way above the other boxing sites…Man! Marilyn was assilicious!....which reminds me….always felt that Mickey Rooney had the physical and mental makeup to be a tough little pug.

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