- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
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- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Why should a
little ragging, sir,
Too soon we
raised our friendly yoke
HE NEVER LET YOU
"In this corner, wearing purple trunks, and weighing 145 pounds, the courageous, colorful, clean-living contender, and a credit to his race.... And in this corner, wearing black trunks, and weighing 145 and a [broad A] half, the popular, promising pugilist, and pride of Perth Amboy.... Both boys will come out fighting, will break clean at the command of the referee, and may the less able adversary NOT emerge victorious."
After two hams
had bulled their way through 12 stupid rounds it was difficult to tell which
one was the less able. The fights may have been lousy but Harry Balogh never
let you down.
An intelligent person cannot help but note in Mr. Kane's article the statement "He [Saxton] had been first in the ring to little applause. There had been tremendous cheers for Basilio." Now in view of the obvious partisan crowd is it surprising that when a close decision went against their boy they should boo that decision? And are we now going to have aspersions cast on the judges and the referees every time some flannel-mouth reporter loses a two-bit bet on a fight? It is very popular right now to attack boxing, boxing promoters and the boxers themselves, and it is interesting to note how many of these "small men" of the press enjoy tearing apart the profession that gives them their living.
Keep in mind
that intelligent people watch the fights and read SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. We don't
need you to tell us what we saw. There are a lot of "me toos" who read
SI also, and when a popular movement comes along like "Basilio was
robbed" they all chorus "me too."
?SI's eye-witness report appeared March 22, eight days after the fight. Before its account was published SI heard from over 100 readers from every part of the country to which the fight was televised, protesting the decision. Indeed, to date, five weeks after the Basilio-Saxton fight only four readers have written in upholding the decision, and one of these four came from the chairman of the Illinois State Athletic Commission. For latest Chicago "robbery" see page 36.—ED.