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July 23, 1956
LUXURIOUS VINDICATION IN WASHINGTON, THE TIME THE BALL BOUNCED OFF THE BIG GUY'S TOE, TRAFFIC JAM, LUNCHEON WITH BLINKY PALERMO, 70 MILES TO NOWHERE
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July 23, 1956

Events & Discoveries

LUXURIOUS VINDICATION IN WASHINGTON, THE TIME THE BALL BOUNCED OFF THE BIG GUY'S TOE, TRAFFIC JAM, LUNCHEON WITH BLINKY PALERMO, 70 MILES TO NOWHERE

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"I'll tell 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?"

"That's 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."

Another writer 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?"

"Well, yeah, I'll make it that way."

Here Blinky, who had been shifting uneasily in his chair, jumped to his feet and took the floor.

"The question 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 in:

"Blinky, I 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.

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