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BLIND TO THE DANGER
The brutality of boxing was brought home in one frightening moment Sunday in ABC's telecast of the title bout between Bobby Czyz and IBF light heavyweight champion Prince Charles Williams. Czyz began taking a heavy beating in the eighth round of the scheduled 12-rounder, and by the 10th round his left eye was almost completely closed. After the 10th, Czyz stumbled back to his corner and said, "That's it. It's my eye."
But his cornermen ignored him. They went to work, trying to reduce the swelling. One of his handlers. Tommy Parks, urged him on, saying. "You're gonna knock him out this round.... One more round. You gotta try here." Czyz knew better, though. "I can't see anything," he said. "That's it. It's over."
Rather than accede to his fighter's request, Parks said, "No. You've got this eye here." And he tapped Czyz on the right side of his head. Fortunately, referee Rudy Battle came over to the corner to check on Czyz, who told him, "That's it, ref. It's over."
Parks, rather disgustedly, then said, "Wave Bobby bye-bye."
Even with two good eyes, Parks couldn't see what he was doing.
BLOTTING OUT THE SUN
A certain financial services company has decided to put its John Hancock on one of the nation's oldest college football postseason games. Henceforth, the Sun Bowl, held in El Paso since 1935, will be called the John Hancock Bowl after its corporate sponsor. According to Marc Boehm, a Sun Bowl—make that a John Hancock Bowl—official, "Almost everybody has a corporate sponsor now. John Hancock became our sponsor in 1986 and saved our bowl in many ways, and if we want a bowl game in El Paso...we had to do what we had to do."
The eclipse of the Sun has darkened the mood in El Paso. The El Paso Times ran a strong editorial opposing the change. And William Kaigh, a UTEP math professor, conducted a poll of 200 El Pasoans and found that 166 were against renaming the bowl. "I object to it," said Leon Metz, an El Paso historian. "I admire John Hancock very much. In fact, I have a policy with them, and I'm not going to cancel it. But they came in here and wanted to be part of an established, reputable bowl. Now they don't want to be part of it. They want to be all of it."
The irony here is that the signature of John Hancock is the most conspicuous one on the Declaration of Independence. Now, 213 years later, the company named after him has taken away the Sun Bowl's independence.