As a local boxing promoter, I feel it’s high time I spoke out on the current demise of professional boxing. What other pro sport would allow an ex-felon to control the time, date, place, participants and the outcome of many of its most heralded events?
Viewing Don King on the Tyson-Ruddock show--first waving Mexican then American flags, having his name tied to the Desert Storm effort, congratulating his winners, all with that maniacal grin--is too much to bear.
If King is allowed to continue controlling his fights, and if Congress fails to legislate honest management of pro boxing, the sport will soon be in the same league as pro wrestling and all pro boxers will have to carry SAG cards.
S. RICHARD SLADE