If boxing can't be cleaned up, at least let's keep it out of the homes.
In closing, let me say I enjoy your magazine and keep up the good work.
CHAS H. SMITH
Santa Monica, Calif.
Your picture of Manager Palermo lifting Saxton after their "imitation of a fist fight" would indicate that the wrong man entered the ring. Judging from his performance, it is dubious if Saxton could return the gesture.
Quebec City, Quebec
If nothing else does, your article on the odor arising from a recent fight makes your magazine worth while. Something must be done about boxing. Either the boxers are terrible or the promoters rotten?or both. Perhaps you could give small clubs a boost?those with up-and-coming fighters not yet spoiled by the men who run things.
I am so tired of the enthusiastic reporting of TV announcers. I wish just one would say, "Isn't this a lousy fight?"
B. L. FAIRBANKS
ACCESSORY AFTER THE WALTZ
Your article by Budd Schulberg in the Nov. 1st issue has the markings of a suit for slanderous and malicious victimization of parties who have interpreted the outcome of a pugilistic encounter based on actual performance of the combatants. Your bravado to print such prattle and woebegone asinine accusations should make you an accessory after the fact.
Since reading this article, I have completely reversed my opinion that sports-writers and commentators know through experience, how to judge a fight. We, the people who have to listen to such announcements on television and radio, will hereafter take all this with a large grain of salt (rock salt)!
EDWARD F. PEITROWSKI
PARDON THE EXPRESSION
I am much obliged to SI for giving me the opportunity to sound off about the Saxton-Gavilan "fight." It definitely was a lousy (if you will pardon this ex-schoolteacher's expression?) fight. However, I definitely agree with the judges' and referee's decision. It wasn't a case of Saxton's fighting a better fight than Gavilan; it was a clear case of Gavilan fighting a worse fight than Saxton. My comment at the end of the fight was that, however dull the fight, Saxton was the winner. My husband concurred. Then the ring announcer substantiated my thinking. When I read that some reporters gave Gavilan as many as ten rounds, I was flabbergasted. Gavilan did nothing, but nothing, until the last round when it looked like he figured that maybe the fight wasn't in the bag, so he had better start making like a fighter.
I predict that Saxton will lose his title in his first defense of it, but he won't lose it to Gavilan, unless Gavilan can do better than he did last week.
MY OTHER OUTCRY
Since your first issue last summer I've been a fairly constant reader, and have enjoyed and learned much from the articles and superb photographs. I hope you won't mind my registering a mild kick over two items in your Oct. 25 issue.