What tore it for the British fans was that since last November, when Canadian James J. Parker was awarded only a draw with clearly beaten Ewart Potgieter, they have been subjected to a succession of weird decisions. On the previous Saturday, Belfast fans, a forthright lot, hurled chairs and other missiles into the ring, injuring several persons, in protest against a decision which took the British featherweight title from Billy Kelly, an Irishman, and gave it to Charlie Hill, a Scot.
Referee Green was up before the boxing board the day after the Gavilan fight but was given until Washington's Birthday to prepare an explanation of his decision which, under British rules, is the referee's responsibility.
Waterman, who had gone into the fight a 6-4 favorite, at first claimed loftily that he had won, but after reading his press notices he concluded gloomily that he might better have lost. He and Gavilan watched a film of the fight, then appeared on television together. Gavilan said he would like a return match and Waterman said he would too, if it ran 15 rounds or more. Gavilan had shown signs of tiring by the 10th.
There was talk for a time that American boxers could no longer be induced to fight in Britain, in view of recent decisions. But Archie Moore, scheduled to defend his light heavyweight title against Yolande Pompey on March 13, said he would go through with the fight and was sure of getting a fair shake. Besides, he expects to win by a knockout.
SANDLOT ON THE RHINE
The Baltimore Orioles can leave no baseball diamond unwatched in their search for new talent but when they sent Scout Rex Greaves to Europe to look over the GI leagues no one expected him to come back with two German boys who had learned the game by watching American soldiers play.
But he did, and two promising rookie brothers, Claus and Hanjorg Helmig, are on their way to the Oriole training camp at Scottsdale, Arizona, to show their stuff for Manager Paul Richards and then, very likely, find a niche in Class C or D baseball. From there, perhaps, the major leagues.
Claus is 20, a right-handed pitcher and outfielder. Hanjorg, 17, is a southpaw pitcher who bats right and can double at first base. They speak English well, having learned it the way they learned baseball—by emulating GIs stationed at Mannheim on the Rhine.
"I've been dreaming about becoming a major leaguer right since I saw my first game in '49," says Hanjorg, with a steely, earnest glint in his blue-gray eyes. "It has been my first ambition. And whatever I say about this goes for my brother, too."
" Baltimore," says Claus, "is a young ball club. I want to be in on that growth. I want to be part of it. That goes for my brother, too."