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January 07, 1963
LET 'EM FIGHT
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January 07, 1963

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LET 'EM FIGHT

Sonny Liston says he "come for to fight." He is willing to take on Floyd Patterson, Ingemar Johansson, Harold Johnson or anybody big enough and old enough. He wants to fight two or three times a year. That sounds to us the way a heavyweight champion should talk.

On the other hand, we have the World Boxing Association. The WBA has lampooned the idea of a Liston-Patterson rematch, saying that Patterson should, in effect, go out and get a name for himself before being permitted another shot at Liston. Not content with stating its opinion, the WBA drew itself up to its full 4 feet 2 inches and announced that any state or nation sanctioning an immediate Patterson-Liston return fight should be suspended from the WBA.

The World Boxing Association perhaps should be excused its flamboyant attempts to get prestige and publicity. But we do wish it would stop opposing lights. Apparently the WBA, because of what happened in Chicago last September, wants Floyd Patterson to start all over to prove that he is a valid challenger.

We recognize that the return-match clause is sometimes abused, and we certainly do not feel it should be applied to all lights. But just as certainly we feel it is a valid and just device when applied to the heavyweight championship. A man like Patterson, who held boxing's most important crown for five of the last six years, deserves an immediate chance to regain it.

What the WBA should be seeking is a quick rematch between Patterson and Liston. Then, should Liston win again, Patterson would indeed need to go out and prove himself. But the events of two minutes and six seconds should not spell oblivion for any champion, no matter how poor his showing. There are tens of thousands of us who couldn't quite believe our eyes in Chicago. We deserve a rematch, too.

MARINE STATUS
Rolls-Royce is a synonym for perfection. Famed for its production of "The Best Car in the World," the company now does 80% of its business in aerojet engines. In fact, over 50% of the free world's jet or propjet airliners are powered by Rolls-Royce engines. In 1929 the Rolls-Royce R aero-engine was developed, giving an unbelievable one hp for each 0.7 pounds of weight, and it was the R engine that set land and water world speed records in the Campbell Bluebirds. Now Rolls-Royce has decided to enter the marine field in earnest, adding a petrol engine to their marine diesels. By adapting their 8-cylinder V8 aluminum automobile engine they have made 850 pounds produce 250 shaft horsepower in the typical silent, vibration-free Rolls-Royce manner. After careful study the company selected Gray Marine as its U.S. representative. Gray Marine has 20 distributors, 70 dealers and some 500 service stations which will all be trained and equipped for handling the new engine with the customary cummerbund service due an aristocrat. Gray Marine also produces its own 280-hp engine weighing 925 pounds, but its only advantage over the rival import will be price. However, along with the additional cost for his silent companion below decks, the Rolls-Royce purchaser also gets a plaque for prominent display on his boat. It reads, "Powered by Rolls-Royce."

HARVEY'S DECLINE
The New York Rangers of the National Hockey League are trying to sell or trade their veteran defensive star, Doug Harvey, one of the best players in hockey history, who last year coached and played so brilliantly that he led the Rangers into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Harvey quit as coach this season and wanted to quit as a player, but the Rangers persuaded him to stay on as a player by giving him a $30,000 contract, granting him the privilege of skipping practice sessions and paying for his between-game trips to his home in Montreal. The Rangers' generosity has backfired. Harvey's play has been ragged, and teammates and fans are complaining about the special treatment being accorded him.

FORD IN MONTE CARLO

Not so long ago a sort of idealistic curtain separated Detroit and the auto manufacturers of Europe. Detroit built size and comfort and ignored racing. Europe built surefooted handling and went racing at the drop of a sparkplug. An American cult growing up around the European imports snooted at " Detroit iron." Detroit snooted right back at "funny little foreign cars."

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