In November 1982, Philadelphia Daily News columnist Pete Dexter went to Houston to watch his friend Randall "Tex" Cobb fight Larry Holmes for boxing's heavyweight championship. In the coming days, we'll republish Dexter's four columns from the event. Below, you'll find the first one, originally published on Nov. 23, 1982, as "Cobb Refused to be the Retiring Kind." In it, Dexter writes for the first time about the night Cobb saved his life. For more on Dexter, go here.