Here is what I think must be done if professional boxing is to bring forth the creative qualities that ennoble rather than degrade man:
1) Strict supervision of all aspects of boxing is a necessity. Besides insuring the boxer's physical well-being in the ring with proper rules, the government or some trustworthy agency should insure his well-being out of the ring and in the community by keeping him free from underworld influences.
2) Research could be done on boxing equipment which, along with careful supervision by the referee, would protect the fighter from the more serious head injuries, while allowing for an exciting match demanding of skill and endurance.
3) Finally, the true spirit of sportsmanship must be instilled in both the participants and the spectators. This is being done by Father McCormick and other theologians as they seek to make the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition the foundation of all relationships of man to man and man to God.
I agree with your opinion ("A Matter of Opinion," SCORECARD, Nov. 5) that boxing should be continued, but I think that boxing should be turned over to some kind of government committee to run it. In that way there would be fewer scandals and it would remove most of the criminals that dominate the sport.
At the moment boxing is an extremely uninteresting sport. With the right people running it, it could once again gain national interest.
DANIEL A. METRAUX
New York City
You conclude your own statement on the morality of boxing by saying, "Many a fighter will tell you how much good, not evil, it did him."
I feel Father McCormick could easily answer this by showing you your confusion of terms. The good which you speak of above is the good that derives to the individual, but not necessarily to his sport as a whole. What the fighter is expressing is only self-evident: that we act for a good, whether it is an apparent or true one. Surely the fighter will not engage in boxing because of the evil that will befall him, but rather because of the good (subjective) he sees in it and will experience from it.
Thus the question is still unanswered.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with Father McCormick's views on the moral implications of professional boxing as it is today, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is to be complimented for printing them in its columns.