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19TH HOLE: The readers take over
June 23, 1958
BOXING: THE POOR KIDSirs:Since when has the art of throwing in the towel become lost?
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June 23, 1958

19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

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Since when has the art of throwing in the towel become lost?

If there ever was a mismatch, it took place last Friday, June 6. Do I need mention the names of Martinez and Akins? (A Surprise Party with Punch, SI, June 16).

As everyone could see, except the referee and those in Martinez' corner, the poor kid was out since early in the first round, regardless of whether or not he was on his feet, in his corner, flat on his back or en route to or from this position.

Regardless that this was a title fight, I contend that not only were Martinez' handlers guilty of subjecting their chattel to an unmerciful beating, but that they also must have shortened the usefulness of their meal ticket by quite a few future profitable appearances.

The whole thing was nauseating and unnecessary. It will probably be some time before many viewers will have the stomach for another such spectacle.
San Francisco

The Vince Martinez fight is a perfect example of managers taking advantage of their fighters. It was evident in the third round (if not in the first) that Martinez was out on his feet. This is not a championship fight to be proud of.

I hope you will continue to campaign against such poor supervision of this dangerous sport.
Wichita Falls, Texas

This matter has stuck in my craw for a long time, and I'm sure many agree with me. How does one man go about knocking out another in modern-day boxing? Here was Vince Martinez flat on his back—he might be there yet, if his seconds hadn't picked him up—and Akins is given a magnificent TKO. It seems to me that if a referee stops a fight with one man unconscious even if he's on his feet, but about to get his brains spread over the ring, it should be a kayo. Let 'em save the TKO for cut lips and faint hearts.
New Orleans

When the expert in any field makes a mistake it can only increase our respect for him, because we then know he is human.

Mr. Charles Goren must have had other things on his mind when he wrote relative to the "Extra Trick" (Collision at trick 10, SI, June 2), "East could have defeated the hand with a super brilliant defense" if East had discarded one heart on the fourth round of clubs and discarded his king of hearts on the fifth round of clubs. Mr. Goren's statement seems to be based on the assumption that when East discards his heart king, South will also discard a heart.

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