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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 28

Rochester, New York
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Tuesday, September 24, 1957
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Basil io Beats Robinson on Split Decision BinMinwirnrmif wv,jv-v''lff iWirmi'miiffTroiiiW',iiimwnfrififiiiTi ...JaAfeaA?jal .iammmwmwmmmaiwakriv. MAm iiiuiiiniimiiiiiiin mini iiiivi&WSW AFTER BELL Photo at left shows Al Berl, referee, hands raised, about to step between men as Carmen Basilio Outpunches Robinson for Title By JACK HAND NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (AP) Blood-smeared Carmen Basilio, a dogged body puncher, won the world's middleweight championship from 37-year-old Sugar Ray Robinson on a split decision tonight after 15 gruelling rounds at Yankee Stadium. There were cheers, mingled with a few catcalls from the big crowd estimated by Harry Markson, managing director of International Boxing Club, at 38,000. The big crowd paid an estimated $516,000 on this cool fall evening as Basilio was hoisted high in mid-ring by his co-managers and handlers after the decision was announced. . Just when Robinson appeared to have run vout of gas, he staged a sensational last gasp finish in the late rounds to make it close. Both judges voted for Basilio, the welterweight champion, but referee Al Berl had Robinson way out front 9-6. Judge Artie Aidala scored it 9-5 1 for Basilio and Judge Bill Rccht 8-6-1. The AP card was 6-6-3. Both men were stunned and bewildered at different stages of this free-wheeling battle of chamDions but neither would go down. Robinson hit Basilio with the same wicked left hook that flattened rugged Gene Fullmer in Chicago last May but Carmen merely rocked back, ducked low and charged in to punch away with both hands. Robinson fell back on his old superior boxing skill to slash a cut around Basilio's left eye as early as the fourth round. Blood streaked Carmen's left cheek through the late stages as Sugar Ray tried desperately to put over the killer. Basilio Staggered It appeared that Basilio surely must go the way Fullmer and Bobo Olson in the 13th when Robinson staggered him with a crushing left hook just before the bell. While Ray tried to follow up, Carmen covered and escaped until the round ended. Again in the 14th, a dead tired Robinson dug deep into his waning reservoir of strength to throw a right hand bomb that landed at the pit of Basilio's stomach. The ex-Marine from the onion lands of Upstate New York doubled up but remained on his feet peering through a screen of blood. Basilio, who had been a surprising 6 to 5 favorite, raked Robinson for fully 20 seconds without a return in the big 10th round. Driving him to the ropes with the fury of his two-fisted body punching, Carmen lashed the Sugar man from Harlem with at least 12 punches before the defending champ could escape. Seven years younger than Robinson and 6Vi pounds lighter at 153'.2 to Ray's 160 pounds, the dedicated little slugger from Chittenango, N.Y., kept boring in under Robinson's darting fists. Sugar Ray's body must have burned from some of those searing punches. Robinson, who had won the 160-pound title an unprecedented four times, showed much of his old time skill at jabbing and moving until his legs began to go back on him in the late rounds. Then he had to make his stand by slugging and he almost pulled it out with those big wallops in the 13th and 14th. Scorns Robinson Power Round after round, Basilio's corner crew yelled to their craggy faced warrior to "get down" and "keep low". Oddly, Basilio fought Robinson stand ing almost erect in the 'early rounds as though scorning his power. In the fourth Robinson cut loose with a right to the body, followed by a left hook to the head the dazzling combination that knocked out the sturdy Fullmer. Basilio shook his head, showing no emotion on his crushed face, and went back to 'Boy' Makes Good, Says Red Smith Read Red Smith's column on Robinson-Basilio middleweight title fight last night at Yankee Stadium on Page 31. Says new middleweight champ looked like boy against a man just before opening bell. Basilio swings right to jaw of Ray Robinson after bell Picture at right shows Basilio boring in in same round ending second round last night at Yankee Stadium, as right by Robinson sails over his head. (AP Photo) Changed Tactics his dedicated job of slamming away at Robinson's body. When Robinson resorted to one of his old tricks in the sixth and tried to hold the ropes with one hand while punching with the other, he ran into a heavy left hook. Robinson was bleeding from the nose when the sixth ended with Basilio throwing a punch after the bell. Sugar Ray's boxing form was a marvel to see in the seventh as he jabbed with his left and moved back. But Basilio brushed past the jab and beat Robinson to the punch when they both threw for keeps. It seemed that the sturdy legs of the Harlem song and dance man were going back on him in the ninth. Basilio beamed with confidence as he took up the chase while Robin son started missing badly with wild punches. Robinson Warned Referee Berl had to warn Robinson for a borderline flurry of punches midway in the ninth. Then came the 10th with Basilio's all-out effort and a listless Robinson missing by wide margins. Harold (Killer) Johnson, one of Robinson's handlers com plained to referee Berl just before the 11th about the heavy ointment used on Basilio's cut eye. I hen Basilio drove past Robinson's defense to pin the Negro on the ropes and hammer him without return for a dozen punches. Just when the tide seemed to be running strongly in 3asilio's favor, Robinson bounced back in the 12th with a fine display of boxing. Near the end of the round he connected with a left hook to the head that hurt Basilio. It was the same pattern in the 13th with Basilio manhandling Robinson inside and slammiug away with both hands to the head and body until, just before the gong, Robinson stag gered him with that left hook. The right to the stomach that almost dropped Basilio came in the 14th and the 15th was a free-wheeling round in which Basilio bombed away at tne Dody and Robinson fell back on his hook to the jaw. All three officials gave Basilio the 15th round on the official cards. A quick ringside poll of 34 boxing writers showed 19 for Basilio, eight for Robinson and seven voting a draw. Thus Basilio joined Robinson as the only man ever to win the middleweight title while still recognized as welter king. Four others, however, have held the two titles at different stages of their careers. Robinson was welter king in 1951 when he stepped Jake La-Motta in Chicago" to grab the middleweight crown for the first time. He lost it to Randy Turpin, won it back from Tur-pin and then retired after failing to win Joey Maxim's light heavy crown. In his comeback he won the title from Bobo Olson, lost it to Fullmer and won it back from Fullmer. Billy Collins, now fighting out of Syracuse and who formerly fought as an amateur at the Rochester, N.Y., Elks Club, fought a draw with Eddie Prince of Poughkeepsie in a four-round preliminary. S&n 'spy -' 1 SUGAR SCORES Sugar Ray Robinson gets through guard of Carmen Basilio and drives a right to the midsection in fifth round of title fight. Basilio won middleweight title on split decision in gruelling 15-round battle. (AP Photo) War Wioops at Memorial Greet Decision 4,777 Fans See Title Go on TV By DAVE WARNER "The winner and new middleweight . . ." The rest of the words were inaudible, because before the ring announcer could finish, most of the Carmen Basilio backers had realized their boy had won and were giving out with war whoops. There also was noise from the Robinson rooters. No, this was not Yankee Sta dium, scene of last night's con troversial title bout between Basilio, the former Canastota onion farmer who now lives in Chittenango, and Ray Robinson, the dancing Sugar Man from Harlem. This was the War Memorial, where for the first time a fight was beamed to paying clients as part of the TNT (Theater Network Television) program. And few fight arenas ever have had a more "live" atmosphere than the War Memorial last night. Contributing largely to all the life was the post mortem in which fans voiced strong disagreement as to the scoring. Fight officials added to the controversy, with two of them picking Basilio by 9-5-1 and 8-6-1 while a third had Robin son ahead, 9-6. This observer tosses his hat into the ring with an 11-3-1 verdict for Basilio. It all adds up to great re match, and nobody will be happier to see the pair scrap again than Norm Rothschild, the Syracuse boxing impressario who promoted the theater TV showing here last night. He definitely wants to come back with TNT's magic lanterns for another try. A crowd of 4,777 at the War Memorial contributed a $19,-415.30 gross, not too much better than a break-even situation for Rotschild. But after the fight he seemed more pleased by the reaction of the fans. The War Memorial was one of 124 spots in 131 cities to which the closed circuit was beamed. It was estimated that half a million people saw the fight on theater TV. In Syracuse it was reported all seats were sold, with 1,000 standees. Thousands, more outside were reported ready to crash the gates. The crowd here at the War Memorial was very orderly. Before the main go, the crowd was treated to some fringe benefits with 97 minutes of films of fights from Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney days in Other Sports News On Page 36 Official Cards of Title Boui NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JP) Score cards of the Sugar Ray Robinson-Carmen Basilio title fight: Ref. Al Berle RRBRRRRBBBBRRR B 9-6, R. Judge Bill Recht REBRBRBBBBBRRR B 8-6-1, B. Judge A. Aidala REBRBBRBBBBRBR B 9-5-1, B. Assoc. Press RRBRBRBEBBBRER E 6-6-3, E. 1923 to the Robinson-Randy Turpin title fight of about three years ago. Outside the anouncement of the decision, the crowd was at its most vociferous peak in the 11th round when Basilio flurried Robinson on the ropes. This brought the turnout to its feet. Rothschild, who has promoted many of Basilio's fights, tried his best to keep from behaving like a fight fan, then got caught up with the spirit with "Left hook" . . . "Keep moving . . . "Now you're punching." The picture on the 40-by 30- foot screen almost blacked out in an early round but came back into full focus before the crowd had shifted into a big groan. What the crowd didn't know is that in the afternoon the TNT crew had to spend hours repairing a vital wire in the camera equipment. Rothschild was a reileved man when that job was finished. Marchibroda, 3 Others Fired by Buddy Parker PITTSBURGH, Sept. 23 (IP) Coach Buddy Parker continued his drastic shakeup of the Pittsburgh Steelers today, firing four players and hiring two. The players fired included three veterans quarterback Ted Marchibroda, center Jim Taylor and guard Art Michalik. The fourth man dismissed was Harland Carl, a halfback recently acquired from the Chicago Bears. Parker picked up two players from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for future draft choices. They were guard Sid Fournet and halfback Dean Derby. The moves put the Steeler roster at 36 players and Parker must release one man tomorrow to meet the National Football League's player limit. Marchibroda, the Steelers No. 1 draft choice in - 1953, said he was surprised. He declared Parker told him he had "to look to the future." Marchibroda, who played college football for St. Bona-venture and Detroit, is in the insurance business here. He said he is hopeful that he will "catch on" with another NFL club before calling it a career. Doris Muhs Rolls 668 in Women's Loop Doris Muhs, one of the better women bowler's in the city, really sent the 10-pins flying in the women's class A league at Genesee Hall last evening, with games of 191-234-243 for a total of 668. 1 Won Fight,' Says New Champ By ED CORRIGAN NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JP) "Of course I won the fight," battered and bruised Carmen Basilio said tonight after taking the middleweight championship of the world from $ugar Ray Robinson. "I forced the fight, didn't I? I got in the most punches, didn't I? Then I won it." Jferemen were forced to wait almost a half hour while physicians patched up Basilio's deeply cut eye. "But," he said, holding court and leaning back in a chair, "I never was on queer street (groggy). He hit me a few good shots, I know, but I had him almost all the way." "As soon he he began catch ing me with jabs, I changed my tactics and began to fight from crouch," the soft-spoken vet eran from Chittenango, N.Y., declared. "He's a good fighter, a great fighter. But he didn't worry me at all. I think I outsmarted him." Basilio pointed out that in the sixth round when Robinson hooked one arm on the ropes' he refused to be sucked in. "I know he was trvine to draw me in," said the double-rhamnion. Basilio also holds the world welterweight title. Then, with a smile throueh his puffed cheeks, he chuckled. "You know. Rav was talking to me during the fight but in all the excitement 1 lorgot what he said." "All I remember is that while the referee was giving us in structions he looked at my sweat pants that I had worn from the dressing room. 'I'm taking them off, don't worry,' I said. Basilio said that Robinson hit him "real low" a couple of times, but that it didn't matter much "so why make an issue of it. Let's say he did it uninten tionally." He also said that the cuts on his eye, which trickled blood from the fourth round on were the result of butts, not punches. "Not intentional butts, mind you, but butts just the same." Basilio said he had no par ticular plan of battle when he entered the ring. (See Robinson Comemnts on Page 31). GUNbNEW & USED 500 in stock Nam. It - W. Mov. It Bouqht - Sold - Trad.d. Court.ou, S.rlc Op FrU Etw. 755 Wlnton, ittor -. MoiBHU 2-333 DC IT RfU Q I MAJM M HTM I 28 Rochester, N. Y., Tues., Sept. 24, 195? Basilio Now Vacates Welterweight Crown Under New Ruling JEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JP) Carmen Basilio's victory over middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson automatically vacates the welterweight title. Boxing commissions no longer permit fighters to hold two or three titles as they did in the days of Henry Armstrong. The National Boxing Association, the New York State Athletic Commission and the world championship committee are expected to designate tournaments to select a successor. men's Bowling Oxford Good looking smoke elk, left leather sole and right rubber sole tipped with leather. $99 mSSMm '-irmMiu iff1'-, t-- Basement n'i Shot Dent. AL LEFKO Al Lefko Says: Every '57 PONTIAC Must Go! We Lose! . . . YOU GAIN . . . With Valley's TREMENDOUS DEAL! The Rochester's Oldest Pontiac Dealer Open Evenings and Saturdays I 333 East Ave. or 1701 East Ave. CORP. I 1 Ft See mortl Do morel Rtnt a V.cition Car nw Fords and othtr fin ears Siis RENT-a-CAR 23 STILLSON ST. 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