ON THE ROPES
The tragic ending of the Paret-Griffith bout (The Deadly Insult, April 2) demonstrated the desirability of changing the design of the boxing ring.
With only two ropes, the top rope about three feet above the ring floor, boxers would fall out of the ring instead of being hung up on the ropes. They could fall onto a padded strip about four feet wide, if the ropes were moved in from the edges of the ring floor.
I have a program which I think will improve things immensely without essentially changing the character of this time-honored sport:
1) Limit all fights to seven rounds.
2) Cut rounds from three minutes to one minute.
3) Eliminate judges and make all exhibitions no-decision contests.
4) Eliminate gloves and allow contestants to carry a knife in each hand, the length of the blade being limited to eight inches.
REAR ADMIRAL D. V. GALLERY, USN (ret.)
Sirs: Let's call it by its right name: murder.
WM. B. KING
What price a world championship?
KENNETH E. HIXON
Brutal beatings like that don't do anything for boxing. Help stop them.