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Vince Martinez, a clever welterweight who ranks fifth as contender for Carmen Basilio's championship, was deprived of his livelihood after breaking off relations with Daly, his manager, in a dispute over what became of $3,000 in fight proceeds. Vince's father, a dour, gray-haired man, had demanded an accounting and this, in managerial circles, is an act of l�se majest�. Daly stomped out of the Martinez kitchen and, it is said, vowed that Vince would fight no more. It became very hard for Martinez to get a fight. Other managers sided with Daly.
Between May—when Julius Helfand, New York boxing commissioner, held a hearing and suspended Daly "for acts detrimental to boxing"—and this week, Vince got two fights. He is 26 years old and confident he can beat Basilio. This week Vince's father and Daly came to terms on a contract which re-established Daly as Vince's manager, suspended in New York or not, for the next five years. It was a clear-cut victory for Daly and the Guild's managers. It was a blow to Vince's brother, Phil, who had fought to maintain Vince's independence.
"We couldn't get any fights," Phil explained. "Unless Vince works he can't make a nickel. For a year we held out. It was either go back or starve.
"I know one thing. Without Daly I don't think Vince could fight for the title. Unless you're in the good graces of the boys in control you're nothing....
"We got what you'd call honorable terms, you know. But we didn't get terms for our conscience."
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The Chief Justice of the United States, Earl Warren, swore in a new Governor of the Virgin Islands a few days back and thereby touched gloves once again, in a figurative sort of way, with a fellow he used to try to flatten with a right cross.
Something like two score years have intervened since Mr. Justice Warren and Walter A. Gordon, the new governor, were accustomed to meet on the University of California campus and spar a few rounds together. Their bouts began a long friendship between the Negro athlete and the man who was to become Governor of California and head of the Supreme Court.
Gordon, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds, made All-America on the California line and won his letter in wrestling, too. He remembers another U of C man he boxed with once, even though the fellow was a lightweight. Gordon's Stanford opponent bowed out of a match and, to give the crowd action, he and the lightweight fought a three-round exhibition.
The lightweight was Jimmy Doo-little, who later became a general in the Air Force.