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Torpid, Max Hochberg's bay son of Knight Dream, replaced Good Counsel as fastest 2-year-old sidewheeler in history, stepping off mile in 1:59 3/5 and 1:58, under steady hands of John Simpson at Lexington, Ky., to wipe out four world records: best single-and two-heat marks for 2-year-olds; fastest mile by 2-year-old pacing colt; first 2-year-old to better two minutes more than once (Oct. 2). Torpid, who piled up record-breaking (for juvenile pacers) $73,374 while winning 17 heats in 19 starts, was given deserved reward by Owner Hochberg, will race no more this season.
Ray Booty, lanky 23-year-old Nottingham electronics engineer who was first to cycle 100 miles in under four hours (SI, Aug. 20), drove his nine-hp auto 100 miles from London to Norwich in three hours, hopped on his bike and pedaled return trip in 3:28.40 to surpass world record held by Professional Ken Joy.
Dick Richardson, handsome young (22) Welsh milkman and latest in long but futile line of British heavyweight hopefuls, showed little skill but came off with victory over faded and flabby (202 pounds) Ezzard Charles when referee disqualified exchampion for "persistent holding" (see below) to tune of boos and catcalls from 12,000 disgusted patrons at London.
NBA released first of monthly ring ratings, also named craggy-visaged Carmen Basilio, who knocked out Johnny Saxton to regain welterweight title, boxer of the month. No. 1 contenders: heavyweight, Archie Moore; light heavyweight, Chuck Spieser; middleweight, Gene Fullmer; welterweight, Tony DeMarco; lightweight, Larry Boardman; featherweight, Cherif Hamia; bantamweight, Mario D'Agata; flyweight, Memo Diez.
Bobo Olson, once tireless puncher who shuffled and bustled his way to middleweight championship before he became two-time KO victim of Sugar Ray Robinson, called it quits for good on eve of scheduled comeback at Portland, Ore. Manager Sid Flaherty reluctantly announced decision after consultation with physicians, explained, "His reflexes are too slow and he hasn't felt like his old self."