Your article on Willie Classen's death and the events leading up to it suggests that there may be some question as to who was ultimately responsible. But the facts indict all of those named—and probably others not mentioned. Any of those listed in the story could have acted with the kind of courage shown by most fighters in the ring, but they showed no inclination to do so.
Though the article leaves a bitter taste, continued coverage of this tragic match is in order. Without further reporting, it's probable that nothing will change. I hope we'll never have to read a similar article about another fighter.
DENNIS R. MARBLE
The subhead on Robert Boyle's article about the death of Willie Classen reads: "There is blame and censure all around for the death of middleweight Willie Classen: a classic case for reform." I cannot disagree. However, Boyle goes on to name all of those people responsible for Classen's death—except one. Classen was not a thoroughbred horse whose life was completely controlled by his manager/trainer. Classen was a man, and though he was not the master of his fate, he at least had the final say on whom he fought and when. The bottom line is that Classen chose to fight Wilford Scypion. That decision cost him his life.
I can't believe the disorganization among the people in charge of the fight that night. There wasn't even an ambulance available. But I feel that the largest share of the blame should fall on Marco Minuto, Classen's manager, for letting Willie get in the ring after the beatings Classen had taken. Minuto could have demanded a thorough physical examination of his fighter. A man's life is far more important than the sport.
JOHN M. BARYS
Central Connecticut Boxing Team