IN YOLK SEPT. 19 ISSUE JIMMY JEMAIL ASKED WHICH CHAMPION WOULD WIN IN A
FREE-FOR-ALL, BOXER ROCKY MARCIANO OR WRESTLER LOU THESZ. THIS QUESTION CAN
DEFINITELY BE ANSWERED BY HAVING MARCIANO AND THESZ MEET. I PROPOSE TO PROMOTE
SUCH A MATCH AT THE COLISEUM IN HOUSTON WHERE I HAVE PROMOTED WRESTLING FOR THE
PAST 35 YEARS. I WILL PAY ALL EXPENSES INCURRED IN SUCH PROMOTION AND WILL
PERSONALLY POST A PURSE OF $25,000 FOR THE WINNER OF THE MATCH. IN ADDITION ALL
PROCEEDS FROM THE GATE WILL BE DONATED TO THE BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS CANCER
FUND. I HAVE ALREADY CONTACTED LOU THESZ AND HE IS NOT ONLY AGREEABLE BUT
ANXIOUS FOR THE CHANCE TO HAVE THIS QUESTION ANSWERED. IF THE MATCH CANNOT BE
MADE UNTIL AFTER SEPT. 20 THESZ WILL MEET THE HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION
WHOEVER HE MAY BE.
MORRIS P. SIGEL
GULF ATHLETIC CLUB
I was amused by some of the answers to Jimmy Jemail's HOTBOX query, "Could
Thesz beat Marciano in a free-for-all?" The question is a little like
asking, "Could a squash player beat a handball player?"
For all its
ruggedness, boxing is a much-handicapped activity. The boxer must deliver his
blows a certain way, he can't seize an opponent's arm, tackle him, or use his
legs as offensive weapons. Defensively, he is accustomed to protecting himself
only from the waist up. He is absolutely helpless once off his feet.
I don't doubt
that Marciano, who is the most wrestlerlike boxer since Tony Galento, would
give a good account of himself for a full second and a half. But then Thesz, or
any good college middleweight for that matter, would either slip around behind
him or leg-dive him and that would be the end of Rocky.
5 TO 1 ON LOU
I've been in quite a few arguments since Jimmy Jemail's HOTBOX (SI, Sept. 19).
This is quite an interesting question. I think Thesz should win. So, some
wrestlers are clowns but others aren't. The matches have to look interesting.
That's what makes pro wrestling popular.
"Jimmy, why don't you and SI promote this fight?" etc. If there were
such a fight, I'd give 5 to 1 odds on Lou Thesz winning it.
FREDERIC B. RODGERS
PAIN IN THE
I'd like to see it, but I don't think you'll ever get Marciano and Thesz in the
same ring. Each would rather keep on bragging that he would murder the other
one, and steer clear of the showdown.
But if it did
happen, I would put my money on Marciano. Answering Jimmy Jemail's question,
Rocky said, "I'd bat his brains out." He would, too, and for once the
pained look on a wrestler's face would be the real thing.
MORTON K. GAITHER
NO PUNCH LEFT
I notice the people answering Jemail's question are split 50-50, with one on
the fence with "that depends." Let me tilt the scales in favor of the
wrestlers—Lou would win in a hurry. Let him get one hold on Rocky (he would,
easily) and Mr. Marciano is through punching. It's been done before. Wrestlers
may go in for horseplay to entertain the customers but they're athletes, and
don't you or Marciano forget it.
It would be Marciano by a knockout in the first two minutes.