"I voted for
Carter, 144 to 140," he said firmly, as befits a man expressing a clear-cut
an obstinate man, has resumed his continuing inquiry into boxing's ways and, as
when he left off just before the Moore-Marciano fight, has yet to discover a
member of the mysterious managerial clan—the International Boxing Guild and its
subservient subsidiary, the New York Boxing Guild—who knows anything about
Guild operations or is willing to admit he does. Still and all, the less the
managers have chosen to reveal about their organizations, the more they have
three suspended managers who previously had refused to testify, Helfand brought
out that the Guild, despite bylaws which exclude all but licensed managers, has
both officers and members who are not licensed, as in the case of Max Wax-man,
New York Guild president, and not managers, as in the case of Billy Brown, New
York matchmaker for the International Boxing Club ( James D. Norris, president).
The boxing commission chairman developed further that managers customarily do
not keep bank accounts but a chary preference for cash transactions, as in the
case of his three witnesses—Constantine (Custer) D'Amato, acting president of
the New York Guild and manager of Floyd Patterson; Bobby Melnick, manager of
Ralph (Tiger) Jones; and Bobby Nelson, manager of no one in particular at the
nicknamed Cus, a white-haired man with a gift for smooth-sounding homily, gave
insight into the managerial view of fighters during a discussion of the
just-resolved impasse between Vince Martinez, grounded welterweight, and Honest
Bill Daly, International Guild treasurer and recently resumed manager of
Martinez (SI, Oct. 17). When Daly's contract expired Martinez refused to renew
for a time and during that period could get no profitable fights. D'Amato sided
with Daly on the issue.
boxer a free citizen?" Helfand asked.
generally speaking, I think," D'Amato replied, with a judicious bob of his
head. Then he added mysteriously, "So far as he functions as a
fighter." As to Martinez: "I consider him a detriment to boxing."
As to Daly: "I would rather not comment. I don't have to deal with Martinez
following the pattern set by D'Amato, who did not know the name of the Guild's
bank though he signed some of its checks, also was signally ignorant of Guild
affairs. A member of the executive board, he could not remember whether Guild
officers were elected or achieved their status spontaneously.
Nelson, who from
time to time has met with Frank Carbo over a cup of coffee at Jack Dempsey's
restaurant and has known the hoodlum gambler "for 20 years or so"
without ever discussing fights with him, confirmed that Frank Ippolito, a
lightweight, had come under his managerial wing after opportune release from
contractual obligations to a non-Guild manager. Soon thereafter Nelson was
walking along Eighth Avenue when who should pop up but Eddie Coco, a
notoriously quick-triggered hoodlum now serving a life term for the wanton
murder of a Florida car washer. Coco, he said, dropped one chill hint: "If
you're going to be the manager I want you to know that this [Ippolito] is my
continue his inquiry this week, he said, and also will soon take up the matter
of Bill Daly's suspension, but as a separate entity.