"I engaged a
lawyer to negotiate for me and Johnny with our personal business. We'll do the
business. Well, I'll do the business. But it's gotta be to the satisfaction of
Johnny Saxton and to the benefit of Johnny Saxton and also to my
Saxton, by this
time as bewildered as the rest, turned to a writer and asked: "Is he gonna
sanction the fight up at Syracuse—Helfand?"
The writer said:
"Of course he's gonna sanction the fight at Syracuse. Syracuse is in New
York State, Johnny."
saying yes, and he wasn't saying no. But at week's end he had cleared up at
least one point which has been bothering the boxing writers when he
"When I made
that decision [to allow Saxton to sign for his own bouts in New York] I was
very careful that there was nothing in there stating that Palermo or anyone
else could not negotiate for Saxton—negotiate his contract for a fight with
Basilio. I realize someone has to handle the business end. All I said Saxton
must do is sign for himself.
"I took a lot
of criticism trying to get Basilio a fair shot at regaining his crown. That was
the whole idea behind my ruling on Saxton signing for himself. I thought
Basilio deserved this break. Now someone has to complete the business details
for this fight. I can't say any more than that, though, until contracts are
signed and certified through my office, understand?"
perfectly. Let's not blink at the fact, then, that Blinky is Johnny's manager,
even in New York.
THE ARM AND THE
At sunrise on the
banks of Lake Texoma, in the clear and motionless Texas air, a man stood
casting, retrieving, casting again. A crow's call scratched through the
daybreak quiet; the plug thumped into the water with a rich and heavy sound. It
was a picture to lift a fisherman's heart, except that it wasn't quite what it
There were no
hooks on the practice plug and no fish in the water, for the man stood beside a
swimming pool instead of the nearby lake. A companion sat handy with a pocket
clicker and a blackboard, counting casts. Bill Carter, 43, a Dallas fishing
equipment salesman with a strong wrist and a flair for obscure knowledge, was
out to see how many times a fisherman casts in a full day's fishing.