SOUND AND FURY
Although the World
Boxing Association changed its name a while back, it has not changed its
nature. Like a turtle and like its predecessor, the National Boxing
Association, the WBA is always sticking its neck out. then pulling it back at
the first threat. Through its president, Ed Lassman, who once threatened to
lift Muhammad Ali's heavyweight title because he did not like the champion's
manners, the WBA now is considering a refusal to recognize the Clay-Sonny
Liston rematch, signed last week for somewhere, sometime. The WBA does not like
rematch clauses in fight contracts, Lassman explained, it does not like
Liston's underworld connections and it does not like the idea of a fighter,
like Liston, having a piece of a promotion.
The WBA is
supremely correct on all three points and utterly incapable of enforcing them.
It would be inconsistent with its past performances if it even tried to enforce
them. It has yawped against rematch clauses for years and has recognized all
rematches. It knew of Liston's thoroughly publicized underworld connections
long before he won the title and recognized all his fights.
The WBA will
consider Lassman's three points at its Norfolk, Va. convention later this
month. It will do about them what it has done in the past. Nothing
THE BLUE MARLIN
Game Fish Association, which authenticates all world marine game-fish
rod-and-reel records, has for some time been caught up in an ichthyological
dispute. It began when the association removed the silver marlin from its books
this year, thus disqualifying what had been world-record catches, including a
911-pound marlin taken in Hawaiian waters by Dale Scott of Los Angeles in 1957.
There is no such thing, the IGFA ruled, as a silver marlin—a decision reached
largely through the efforts of ichthyologists like Dr. Donald DeSylva of the
University of Miami. "The silver aspect," DeSylva said, "is merely
a color phase which some marlin enter when taken from the water."
also convinced that the Atlantic and Pacific blue marlin (and the late silver
marlin) are one and the same fish. They want the IGFA to list them that
If the IGFA does
switch to a single category for blue marlin:
?There will be only
four species of marlin—black, blue, striped and white.
blue marlin may be the pending 1,095-pounder caught off Hawaii this year by
Jack Whaling of Glendale, Calif.