The audience for boxing—as SI has said before—has marvelously increased since television began to bring it into the American home. This is the reason why millions of watchers, and not just the ringside thousands of the past, have a concern in boxing's basic honesty. But there is another result of the attention with which the multimillion audience has been following boxing on TV: millions who never before knew a kidney punch from a right cross can now distinguish a dirty fight from a good one.
That is why watchers all over the country have written to SI about the unforgiveable performance of Featherweight Champion Sandy Saddler in his fight with the young Filipino, Flash Elorde (SI, Jan. 30), and why SI this week devotes its entire letters column to their verdict (see 19TH HOLE).
MOTOR BOAT SHOW
Helen of Troy, divinely fair,
Obviously isn't there;
But nautical guys with hearty paunches
Aim to ship a thousand launches.