The Garden's strong point is that it has the power base—the building, the organization and the boxing continuity to assure big gates for big fights, while Sports Action has to go outside New York, where gates cannot be taken for granted.
Money will surely be the major factor in making this match. "The time for glory is past," says Ellis. "Now I'm fighting for money. Money is what boxing's all about, and if Frazier wants more money than me then he don't want to fight. I don't care what they give him, but it ain't going to be 50-50."
To which Yancey Durham replies, "Joe's the champ. He'd be the one who would put people in the place, so we'd have to get the big money. If Angelo thinks different then maybe we won't fight. We don't need Ellis. We can make money with any fighter, and Ellis can't draw flies."
Another obstacle is who gets top billing. But, as Dundee says, "Money, big money, will knock over all obstacles. When you talk Frazier-Ellis, I dream of 10 figures."
Whether those are the figures young Hofheinz dreams of is something else, as is whether he could, in truth, outbid the Garden. Perhaps the solution is for Sports Action and the Garden to get together. "We're two camps," Malitz said last week, "but we're certainly not armed camps. We can do business with the Garden. The question is, can they do business with us?" If they can, gentlemen, you may be interested to learn that Jimmie (The Greek) Snyder has already made a line—2 to 1 Frazier. You can also lay 1,000 to 1 that Robert Goulet won't be called upon to sing The Star-Spangled Banner.