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For a few weeks before the Marciano-Moore fight there was a lull in New York Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfand's investigation into the dark ways and vain tricks of boxing's more devious elements. He had suspended a slew of managers for refusing to testify about the inner workings of their guild, had established quite clearly that Welterweight Vince Martinez was being boycotted by the managers. The Pennsylvania commission was pushing its own investigation vigorously. It seemed reasonable to think that Helfand, when he let the curtain fall, had made only a tentative step toward uncovering what he set out to uncover. It was assumed that the curtain would rise again after the big fight, that the intermission was meant only to clear the sports pages for pre-fight ballyhoo.
But the managers are a hopeful lot and out of the side streets around Madison Square Garden there crept rumors that Helfand had been ordered from on high—by State Boss and Tammany Chieftain Carmine De Sapio, perhaps—to let his investigation die.
The day after the fight Helfand was interviewed on CBS radio by Bill Leonard, whose nightly program covers feature aspects of New York City life. Helfand did not sound like a man who was letting matters slide.
"We have been able to develop evidence," he said, "which throws great suspicion on the fact that there are undesirable elements in the fight game. Of that I'm convinced."
"And you would continue to pursue this course of investigation?" Leonard asked.
"Not that I will continue to pursue, I am continuing to pursue it to drive those elements out of business if I can. That, I think, is the primary responsibility of this commission because, whether this is a good or bad sport, it cannot possibly survive if those elements are in it, and so first you must...convince the public...that this is an honest sport and is not a racket. If you can't convince them of that you might just as well give up the whole business."
Next rumor, please.
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