Cato at Tilbury Docks
After eight days at sea, the Saxonia arrived at London's Tilbury Docks and deposited Manager Cus D'Amato and his heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson ashore for a campaign of exhibition bouts. It has not been revealed how Patterson whiled away the crossing, but he certainly cannot have been studying contemporary British boxing history, an unrewarding subject at best. Much to the dismay and astonishment of the writers, Patterson admitted that he just did not know the name of the British heavyweight champion.
"Have you ever heard of Joe Erskine?" asked one writer, aghast.
"I don't recall the name," said Patterson.
"Well," huffed the writer, "Erskine is the titleholder."
"Hm," said Patterson.
Manager D'Amato took over with an opening shot that many of his London listeners found just as bewildering as Patterson's ignorance.
"We must destroy the IBC," D'Amato said.
Now the British, with their training in the classics, should have no real trouble in understanding Cus. Marcus Cato, an older Roman, used to wrap into every speech, whatever the subject, the observation, "Moreover, Carthage must be destroyed."
Well, chaps, to Cus D'Amato the IBC is Carthage. And as a matter of fact, as you students of history will remember, Carthage WAS destroyed.