A BRUTAL SPORT—The Davey Moore fight is one more illustration that boxing is a brutal sport even under ideal conditions—if it can be called a sport.—GOVERNOR EDMUND “PAT” BROWN of California.

PROTECTING THE TARGET—Moore’s death is a terrible thing, but in this case the public interest can best be served by scientific inquiry, not by the hasty pronouncement of the governor. For a sport so bound up with physical violence, there has been almost criminal lack of controlled, scientific exploration in the area of protecting the target of a fighter’s fists, the human head. Prefight encephalographic examination—which California administers—and a quick look by even the most competent referee during the heat of a championship fight obviously are only part of the answer. If boxing is to survive, its supervisors need to know a lot more about it. More—and fast.—Sports Illustrated, April 1, 1963.

SUPERVISION OR ABOLITION?—Boxing is a terribly dangerous trade, as well as a savagely degrading one. Since 1945, Ring Magazine reports 216 boxers have died of ring injuries. Of this number, 14 lost their lives last year.… No human agency has ever succeeded in divorcing boxing from gangster domination, and on the evidence it must be assumed that no one ever will.… The committee [of the New York legislature] has already admitted that even the power and majesty of New York State is not equal to the task of policing the fight racket. Pending now in the legislature is their plea that the Federal Government take over the supervision of boxing. Washington bureaucracy is not the answer to the malodorous fight racket, any more than it was to prohibition. Boxing is squalid animal atavism, and the only sane answer to it lies in its abolition.—RICHARD STARNES, ...

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