Furman Bisher reports on Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore's determined
campaign to get a fight with Rocky Marciano and wonders if the IBC is waiting
for 38-year-old Archie to grow old
I hope Archie
Moore was tuned in Wednesday night. They were talking about him on television
after Bobo Olson, the Hawaiian, had fricasseed that Frenchman, unlucky Pierre
Langlois. Archie, who's dying for a fight, would have loved it.
The way it
happened, Olson was discussing ring matters with Russ Hodges, the voice of the
hops. Russ was trying to convince Bobo that he'd just had a pretty tough fight,
and Bobo wasn't buying any of that nonsense.
"He's a good
boy," said Olson, in the manner of a father patting a small child on the
head. "He's a good hitter but he's pretty awkward."
requested some notion of his future plans. "Do you plan to move up into a
welled Olson, "I might. I'd be interested in fighting somebody like Archie
Moore...whatever my manager thinks I should do."
exactly what Moore's got in mind, but he's the kind of guy who appreciates any
sort of mention these days. Moore's attempting to buck the syndicate that runs
boxing. He wants a fight with Rocky Marciano. The syndicate is making no move
to match them. Moore, meanwhile, writes more regularly than most mothers, each
letter driving home another reason he should have a bout with Marciano.
The other day he
came up with the stunning idea of a double-header. He'd fight both Don Cockell,
the British fat boy, and Nino Valdes, the Cuban, on the same card. The reason
he'd make so vigorous an offer is the IBC has indicated at times that these two
heavyweights were ahead of Moore in the line to get at Marciano.
From his 1115
Monroe St. address in Toledo then came a new gimmick. There was this letter
from Moore with four blanks:
men on your staff——"