Ingemar Johansson's prediction on the Liston-Patterson fight (Liston Is Too Slow, Aug. 13) should have been run under the caption: "Laugh of the Week." At least Ingo gave Liston credit for a good left jab, which is really not too surprising, inasmuch as Johansson's jab resembles nothing so much as a tentative beau-repulsing effort by a high school girl who doesn't really mean it. Johansson is a run-of-the-mill heavyweight totally devoid of boxing ability and handicapped by an inability (and perhaps a disinclination) to take punishment. It is to be hoped that Ingo never rights Liston, since the Vulnerable Viking ought to be allowed to live long enough to enjoy his considerable wealth, so zealously protected from the tax men on several continents.
JAMES M. MORAN
It is Johansson's contention that Sonny Liston's relative lack of speed will be his downfall. What he overlooks is the fact that Messrs. Roy Harris and Pete Rademacher have each managed in previous bouts to score heavily to Patterson's chin. Rademacher, in fact, is credited with a knockdown. Yet neither of these pugilistic nondescripts possesses Liston's fistic power.
Your comments about the loss to our Olympic track team of Messrs. Davis, Norton, Budd and Tarr brings to mind a feeling of many years that we discriminate against our athletes in almost all avenues. If an attorney or even a certified public accountant or butcher works for a living, he is allowed to participate in athletics and maintain his "cherished" amateur standing. However, in the event that a track star has to engage in life's lowly activities which require earning money and turns to another field of sports as a professional, he loses his amateur standing. It would seem to me that under the interpretation of our amateur code, an athlete could become the owner of a major league baseball team and retain his amateur standing. Why should a track star be lost to our Olympic team if he has to earn a living and turns to a field in which he has some accomplishment?
Concerning the displeasure of that Pecos, Texas boy Wendell Faulkner at being taken for Arnold Palmer (Palmer? My Name's Faulkner, August 13), I suggest you tell Mr. Faulkner that his problem could be worse. He could look like Billie Sol Estes.
MELVIN (CHICK) HARBERT
Fort Pierce, Fla.