you one thing why I object to Syracuse," said Saxton. "I've boxed once
before in Syracuse, but I feel this way: a man gets into the ring there, he
feels...you learn you got the whole nation against him. I've always been
knocked. Let's face it. Saxton's always been a bad guy. I haven't been on the
good side of nobody. My ability stands for itself. I wouldn't be champion if I
didn't have ability. But the Syracuse point is that I don't like to box there
because I feel I'm not wanted. Don't want to go where I'm not wanted."
At this point a
writer asked Saxton: "According to your statement over here, am I correct
in stating you'll do nothing unless you're guided by your manager in these
negotiations? Is that correct?"
right," said Johnny, shooting a quick look toward Blinky, "he's been
with me that long. He took me through to be a world's champion."
pursued the point: "You say, in effect, Johnny, that you'll not defend your
title in New York if you have to sign your own contract?"
I'll make it that way."
Here Blinky, who
had been shifting uneasily in his chair, jumped to his feet and took the
that Johnny Saxton is trying to bring out is this: that the business is too big
a business for him to handle.... For me to tell you people again that Johnny is
going to negotiate a big business which is going to involve an awful lot of
money, the biggest payday that he's ever received, I'd be telling youse a lie.
Norris has to negotiate with me.... Then, after I negotiate with Norris,
[ Norman] Rothchild [promoter at Syracuse] will negotiate with the fighter and
the fighter will sign his own contract, after I tell the fighter."
A writer broke
don't know. This doesn't make sense to us because Helfand says that you, Blinky
Palermo, cannot sit down with Norris and negotiate for a fight in New York. On
the other hand, you say you may fight in Syracuse."
"Now wait a
minute," said Blinky. "We're not defying Helfand in this matter. Don't
get me wrong. We're not defying Helfand. It's not a question, like I said
before, that the license has anything to do with this matter. I said to you
people that the money involved is too big for the boy to negotiate himself, and
for him to tell people that he did it himself, you know he'd be lying. So,
therefore, we want to put the cards on the table, that's all.