rocked by lethal punches in early rounds, craftily weathered storm, got his own
power working in 12th, hammered worn-out Tony DeMarco unconscious to win by
TKO, retained welterweight title before 13,373 who jampacked Boston Garden.
Bandy-legged Basilio, bruised and battered but happy, said he would honor
contract to fight Johnny Saxton (who reportedly collected fat $12,500 fee for
being bypassed) in February. In New York, Boxing Commissioner
turned thumbs down on proposed Basilio-Saxton bout in Syracuse so long as
Saxton is managed by Blinky Palermo (see page 44).
artful welterweight contender, continued to campaign against pushovers, knocked
out unknown Ernie Greer in three rounds at Spokane, listened to Basilio's
opinion of him (" Martinez is a creep. He can't fight a lick. I have no
reason to fight him... although I'd flatten the guy in nothing"), grinned
and ventured that he expects to be fighting Basilio "soon."
fancy Cuban imitator of Kid Gavilan, showed willingness to fight but got little
cooperation from listless Virgil Akins, took 10-round decision in New York,
also put in bid to face much-challenged Basilio.
hulking 330-pound South African Boer farmer with powderpuff punch, announced
retirement from ring, asking, "What's the good when I don't seem to be able
to hurt anybody?"
Jersey State Athletic Commissioner who last week was appointed chairman of NBA
special committee to investigate alleged crime and corruption in boxing,
resigned when Elizabeth ( N.J.) Board of Recreation felt duties would interfere
with his job as superintendent of recreation.
, with Jean Beliveau, Maurice (Rocket) Richard and Bernie
(Boom Boom) Geoffrion, off injured list, providing hot stickwork, swept past
Boston 2-1, Toronto 3-1, Chicago 5-1, held firm as National Hockey League
leader despite challenge of amazing New York Rangers, who rolled over Chicago
6-1, 2-1, scored five times in last period to throttle Detroit 7-3, trailed by
six points. Boston, nonvictorious in 10 straight games and hooted by hometown
fans, finally emerged from slump, shut out fading Toronto 5-0, to go into
fifth-place tie with Maple Leafs. Chicago dropped three in row, shared third
place with rising Detroit.
hard-working catcher who helped New York Yankees win pennant with 108 RBIs, 27
home runs, outranked Detroit's slugging young Al Kaline by 17 points, was voted
American League's Most Valuable Player for second straight season, third time
in five years, by Baseball Writers Association. Elated Yogi received news with
ear-to-ear grin, enthused, "No matter how many times you win it, it's still
a thrill," eagerly looked forward to contract-talking time.
hoping to move out of antiquated Ebbets Field before too long, signed agreement
to play seven National League games, one exhibition at Jersey City's Roosevelt
Stadium next year.