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SOCKS AND GLOVES
The New York Legislature wants to outlaw boxing because, they say, its control and background are filled with corruption. Baseball was not outlawed because of the Black Sox scandal. Nobody seriously tried to legislate basketball out of existence when gamblers and athletes were convicted of fixes.
All of us in boxing are trying desperately to clean up the weaknesses. But we need time—not crippling legislation.
There will always be boxing contests, whether they take place in an isolated meadow, on a barge or in Madison Square Garden. New York's legislature must take some blame for the present condition of professional boxing. Do we want a boxing Volstead Act which could never be enforced and which would only lead to further crime and violence?
The recently incorporated World Boxing Research and Education Foundation offers a fine beginning, and with implementation and nonemotional cooperation could very well be a substantial leap up the ladder of boxing decency.
In the meantime let's keep our sense of proportion and refrain from criticizing those who are trying to cure a problem which society permitted to exist and did nothing about.
•The World Boxing Association (see p. 20), formerly the National Boxing Association, includes in its membership the boxing commissions of every state in the U.S. except New York, California and Massachusetts.—ED.
It's about time someone woke up to the fact that the boys out here play football for keeps (Big Surgeon the West Coast, Oct. 22). Up until a few years ago the brand of football that was played up and down the verdant Pacific slopes was at least on a par with all regions of the country. Now it's the finest football played anywhere in the U.S.