ANY QUESTIONS NOW?
The time, 10:15 p.m.; the date, March 14: I have just seen a typical example of the fight "racket"—a match between Carmen Basilio and Johnny Saxton.
Your previous articles on boxing's dirty business ( James Norris and his cohorts) could never be questioned now!
My father even went so far as to call the local sportswriter, and in the short time of 15 minutes this man had received four such calls on the so-called verdict of the fight.
Boxing moguls had better begin to realize that television and its followers cannot be fooled and that such "obvious" decisions will soon place the weekly fights in the same category as fast-dying wrestling.
Incidentally, this is the first time I have ever written any magazine nor have I ever felt so strongly against a decision.
MRS. STANLEY KRUSZEWSKI
W. Lafayette, Ind.
?For Martin Kane's eyewitness report turn to A Mighty Peculiar Fight, page 31.—ED.
What further proof is needed to convince all fight fans of the need to correct boxing's dirty business (as you describe it) than the outlandish decision of the judges in the Saxton-Basilio championship fight? How could any intelligent judge rule as these men did, unless instructed to do so by the "powers that be" in boxing's dirty business?
As a boxing fan of long standing, going back to the days of Battling Nelson, Joe Gans, George Dixon and others of that era, as well as a ringside attendant at hundreds of fights, I cannot possibly conceive of such a rank decision, particularly with a championship at stake. In my opinion, Basilio won at least 10 rounds, with Saxton getting three or even two. Basilio undoubtedly made the fight with his aggressiveness and intent to fight, while Saxton continually avoided fighting by backtracking, pushing, wrestling and butting. Isn't it about time that boxing in Illinois is cleaned up?
WHAT ABOUT IT, GOVERNOR? LET'S DO SOMETHING ABOUT BOXING'S DIRTY BUSINESS IN ILLINOIS, ESPECIALLY CHICAGO!
GEORGE J. RIESTER
HOW DO THEY DO IT?
I am quite bewildered by the decision of the Basilio-Saxton fight. I have been a weekly reader of SI since the first issue. SI writes the facts about the fight game, and that's what I and John Q. Public want to read. This decision was downright rotten. First it was the Gavilan-Saxton fight, which Saxton won on another questionable decision: what are they going to do now, give Basilio the run-around like Gavilan when he lost to Saxton?