JOHANSSON VS. PATTERSON VS. KANE
I NOMINATE MARTIN KANE AS THE GREATEST BOXING PROPHET OF ALL TIMES (Why Ingo Will Do It Again, June 20). HIS PREDICTIONS ARE POSITIVELY UNBELIEVABLE.
In a way, I'm glad you made an extremely human mistake.
Your boxing writer, like Dempsey, Tunney and other self-styled prognosticators, will need a prescription before partaking of smorgasbord again.
JAMES B. HERRING
My curiosity is aroused over what kind of award you will give Sportsman-of-Last-Year Johansson this year. Maybe a plaque outside the Polo Grounds inscribed "Johansson slept here"?
CAPTAIN W. E. BRANCH
Fort Gordon, Ga.
YOU OWE US PATTERSON FANS THREE COVERS, THE BACK PAGE AND THE CENTER SPREAD. IT'S A MATTER OF FAITH.
J. F. TIBBETS
?Reader Tibbets should recall at least three covers (July 29, 1957, Sept. 1, 1958, July 6, 1959) and innumerable articles in the past; and he may anticipate many pro-Patterson words to come—there are a few on pages 8, 42, 43, 44 of this issue.—ED.
THE ARTIST'S FIGHTER
Many of us who earn our living in the arts felt sad and defeated last year when Patterson lost the title to Johansson. It was incredible, and it was wrong. It was as though John Philip Sousa had beat up Johann Sebastian Bach. It is a measure of our culture that boxing is still one of our sports, but in a spectator sport that is basically unwholesome, let us at least be grateful for artistry when we find it.
Skill is rare in a generation of painters who cannot draw, of scarcely literate writers, and composers who score for table radios and hot-water bottles. Skill is moral, and order is the basis of whatever we have of beauty and goodness on a rather dirty little planet.
Floyd Patterson has always been an artist's fighter. Many were happy to see him lose his title to a businessman from Goteborg with a strong right hand. Now he has won the title back, and won it by fighting a fight as correct and polished as a Bach fugue. Order is on its way back to the arts, and Patterson is its avant-garde.
New York City
?For a sample of Painter Hoban's own pugilistic artistry from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (March 18, 1957), see below.—ED.