Will you tell a bewildered subscriber—and there must be scores of your readers
similarly puzzled—why no mention is ever made of a bout between Floyd Patterson
and Archie Moore, or a match between Patterson and Hurricane Jackson? Archie
can get down to 175 for a light-heavyweight championship match and Floyd can
take off less than ten pounds. Let Patterson win the light-heavyweight
championship first before taking on the Rock. If Patterson's present weight is
his trained poundage and there is not much left to take off, what is wrong with
an overweight match with Moore?
If enough valid
reasons for not fighting Moore under any circumstances can be advanced, then a
Patterson-Jackson fight is in order. I admit Patterson is good, but he has yet
to prove himself good enough for a heavyweight championship fight with
Marciano. And most assuredly so must that clowning nature boy, Hurricane
Jackson. One of them should eliminate the other.
I do not think
the boxing writers on our
papers have any superiors anywhere, and
our radio announcers are tops in the country. Yet none of them have ever
suggested, to my knowledge, elimination fights between Patterson, Moore and
What's all the
conspiracy of silence for? Hasn't SI something to say?
FRANK W. SIMCOE
LAST PARAGRAPH "THE CASE AGAINST THE IBC" [SI, April 23] ANSWERS MY
LETTER. VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU PIONEER JACKSON-PATTERSON-MOORE ELIMINATION FIGHTS
FOR HEAVYWEIGHT CHALLENGER TO MARCIANO. KEEP PUNCHING.
FRANK W. SIMCOE
THIS IS BEYOND
The Olympic basketball team that will represent the United States at Melbourne
this winter is not made up of the 12 best men at the tryouts held in Kansas
City two weeks ago. Missing is the second best basketball player in the nation,
UCLA's Willie Naulls.
How Carl Cain of
Iowa could be selected over Naulls is beyond me. Naulls out-scored him 42-14
and outrebounded him at a six-to-one ratio. Cain didn't score one point in the
final game in which the College All-Stars lost to the Phillips Oilers.
I don't know if
there is any connection in the fact that Cain's coach, Bucky O'Conner of Iowa,
was one of the men on the board that made the final selections.
?We don't know
of any nefarious connection, but we'll take Naulls any day.—ED.
The selection of Olympic squad members with Willie Naulls left out has been
named the Great Daylight Robbery.
Charter Oak, Calif.