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Tommy (Hurricane) Jackson, energetically flailing away like mixed-up windmill, flicked stingless left, used his double upper-cut and roundhouse bolo-type right, two-stepped and war-danced through 12 rounds to take decision over plodding and lethargic Bob Baker before 12,641 at Pittsburgh. Jackson, who puzzled training camp with request for "skull-reducer" because skin on his head was "too tight," found it loose enough to nod agreement when Manager Lippy Breidbart bravely intoned: "We want a shot at Archie Moore now."
Joey Giardello, reformed toughie who ranked No. 1 among middleweight challengers until proclivity for extracurricular slugging earned him jail term, caught second-ranked and 2-to-l favorite Bobby Boyd, pride and joy of IBC while winning nine straight (six in hometown Chicago), with jaw-breaking right cross for fifth-round KO at Cleveland.
Boxing also made news of another sort last week. In Los Angeles, paunchy Babe McCoy threw punch at Golden Boy Art Aragon in fuss over $125 loan, missed and clunked Promoter Cal Eaton, next day decided "ill health" was reason enough to resign as matchmaker of Eaton's Olympic Auditorium. Real reason: California Athletic Commission has been pondering revocation of McCoy's license. In Philadelphia, Commissioner Alfred Klein "reluctantly" dismissed assorted charges, including "coercion and threat" in assuming management of Welterweight George Johnson, against Promoter Herman (Muggsy) Taylor when case fell apart because of refusal of key witness Donald Rettman to testify.
Mister Jive, bought for song ($2,000) at Keeneland by Toronto Stockbroker John L. Appelbaum, picked up rhythm for Jockey Hedley Woodhouse, surging to front on outside to win $35,225 Cowdin Stakes for 2-year-olds at Belmont.
Morpheus, beaten by nearly nine lengths last time out, awoke with burst of speed in stretch under prodding of young John Knowles, galloped to victory in $17,850 Brook Steeplechase Handicap at Belmont.
Willie Shoemaker, out in front (292 to 287) in saddle-to-saddle battle with Willie Hartack for national riding honors, added another feather to cap, booting home three winners on same day at Atlantic City to set record for money earned by jockey's mounts in one year. His total: $1,883,370.