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Wednesday, May 21, 1980
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Wednesday, May 21, 1080 Philadelphia Inquirer fr Amateur boxing strong enough to survive boycott By Ed Schuyler ibioctaleJ Preu They were the Golden Boys those kids who fought for the United States in the 1976 Olympics and their gold is still glittering. Remember Leo Randolph, the little guy who rushed home to Tacoma, Wash., right after he won the 112-pound-class gold medal so he could go to church with his mother? Well, little Leo is a world champion. Randolph pounded Ricardo Cardo-na of Colombia into submission in the 15th round May 4 and won the World Boxing Association super featherweight title (122-pound limit) and became the fourth member of that 1976 team to win a world professional title. The others are Sugar Ray Leonard, the current World Boxing Council welterweight champion, and Leon Spinks and John Tate, former heavyweight champions and still heavyweight contenders. And there are Howard Davis, a top lightweight contender, and Michael Spinks, a leading light heavyweight, both unbeaten, and Davey Armstrong, who reportedly has decided to pursue a pro career as a lightweight. Yes, the Golden Boys have done incredibly well in the punch-for-pay ranks. They've taken their celebrity status and run with it, straight to the bank. But what about the top U. S. amateur fighters of 1980? What will happen to heavyweights Marvis Frazier, who is Smokin' Joe's son; to Tony Tubbs and Jimmy Clark, and to Jackie Beard, the best 119-pound amateur fighter in the word, and Tony Tucker, the best 178-pound-er in the world, and to others who would have given the United States a power-laden team in Moscow? Well, a lot of them will turn pro. But, with the exception of Frazier, they'll turn pro without the kind of publicity that leads to the big money that practically fell into the hands of Leonard, Leon Spinks and Davis. There's no doubt that the U.S. Olympic boycott was a blow to the future bank accounts of our top amateur fighters. So how will it effect the biggest and best amateur boxing program in the world, a program that was given a tremendous boost by the 1976 Olympic team? "Well, I don't think it will have much effect," says Rollie Schwartz, manager of the 1976 team and a man who played an important part in its success. "I believe we'll keep our international program very healthy." Schwartz had a lot to do with increasing the United States' participa- tion in international dual meets, and that in turn had drawn the interest of television. "1 feel all this international boxing competition that is televised keeps us in front of the public," said Schwartz. The fact of increased international competion also is a prime factor in keeping the U.S. amateur program healthy. "We've got 20 international bouts a year, and that keeps these kids motivated," Schwartz said. "It gives ghetto kids a chance to see the world." And then there is the Junior Olympic program, which Schwartz said has 50,000 boxers. So while there is reason to feel sorry for our top amateur boxers this year, there is no reason to weep for the amateur program. The participation and the lessons of participation are what counts. COLLEGE DEGREE fw Ntrk (ipcritKt li IKt Iiperttict Vou may qualify for Bachelor), Maiten or Dortoratt CALL ( 1-800) 4?3 3?M OR Sf NO DEUIltO HfSUMt PACIFIC WESTERN UNIVERSITY 16200 Ventura live. Eficlm Ct 11436 tothorurt ti Opef ite tit Ike Cilitomii Jipeniteitleit ol Public Initiation Young needs to fight flab before battle with Cooney By Lewis Freedman Inquirer SfoflWrtwr ATLANTIC CITY - When he stripped off his T-shirt to step on the scale for his physical, Jimmy Young revealed his belly. It was not the hard, flat belly with the rippling muscles of a fighter. It was the round, beer-bloated belly of a Sunday Softball player. "Two hundred and thirty-three pounds," said the official. Young's trainer George Benton blinked. His face registered incredulity, then anger. "You weighed 224 pounds yesterday," Benton said. "I just ate," Young said. "What did you eat, a cow?" fired back Benton. Philadelphia's Young, who had lost a disputed decison to Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight championship and then toppled from a high ranking with weight problems, has inched his way back into contention in the confused and sorry heavyweight picture. He is rated sixth by the World Boxing Council. Sunday, (2:30 p.m. on the CBS Sports Spectacular) Young will fight Gerry Cooney, 2.3, of Huntington, N. Y., over 10 rounds at Convention Hall. It is a crossroads fight for both men. If their careers were a graph, the lines would be intersecting. For Cooney, the line is ascending; for Young, descending. Cooney is ranked as the No. 1 contender by the World Boxing Association and third by the WBC. The knock against him in his compilation of a 22-0 record is that he has fought stiffs who couldn't take out Billy Martin. Beating Young, even a Young Many injuries plague DearDr.Torg: On behalf of the local bicycling community, thank you for your column on cycling injuries. It is the opinion of serious cyclists that the two major impediments to the growth of cycling are unskilled cyclists and equally unskilled motor vehicle operators. The remedy of these interrelated problems includes education. The injuries to which many cyclists feel they are prone fall into two broad categories: those injuries resulting from a fall or collision, and those injuries resulting from some flaw in the bicyclist-bicycle interaction. The first category of injury is associated with some type of direct trauma to the bicyclist. Usually, this is the result of a fall from his cycle during a turn. There are two major types of falls: a slide, in which the rider falls onto one side and skids to a halt; and a header, in which the rider is thrown over the handlebars of his bicycle. Slides are usually seen at turns; for thi3 reason, they are most common on tracks (velodromes) and in criteria races. The rider typically sustains massive abrasions, cuts and bruises. There are also a fair number of injuries to the shoulder, elbow and knee associated with this type of mishap. Because these injuries are messy the abrasions almost always require skilled lavage and debridement by a physician, and the skin wounds make it more likely for an orthopedic injury to remain occult it is generally felt that the rider should be seen by a physician. Header-type falls are more dramatic, and more dangerous. Classically, the cyclist strikes some obstacle with his front wheel, the front of the bicycle is stopped, and the rider follows the path of least resistance while maintaining his momentum. In other words, the rider is thrown over the handlebars. Because racers secure their feet to the pedals, the airborne cyclist assumes a head-first attitude, these injuries include forearm injuries, shoulder separations, clavicular fractures and head and neck injuries. Another type of direct insult to the cyclist is the collision. This usually Tibs EntsiEaier 2 months fe? the price erf 1. of diminished skills and desire, will give him a name notch on his record and likely propel him into a title fight. If Young wins, it gives him bargaining power for a title bout. And promoter Don King said that the winner of this fight will get a crack at WBC champion Larry Holmes. Yesterday, at Caesar's Boardwalk Regency Hotel and Casino, Young did not act like a man about to grasp destiny. He was laconic, spoke in short, bland sentences and shrugged his shoulders when asked if he thought a victory would give him a title fight. He was told that he seemed disinterested. "You can tell?" he said. The young Jimmy Young, the one who went IS rounds with Muhammad Ali on April 30, 1976, who beat George Foreman in 12 rounds, who went 15 rounds with Ken Norton, was a fighter of speed and cunning. But the Norton fight was Nov. 5, 1977. Since then, Young is 3-3 and both he and his trainer admit his intensity in the gym has been short of ideal. Young dismissed the 233-pound reading as water weight, and said that he once dropped 15 pounds in three days before a fight. Moments before Young stepped on the scale, Benton said that he would consider Young fit if he weighs 220 pounds Sunday and will be especially pleased if he registers between 216 and 220. Originally, the fight that will pay each man in the neighborhood of $100,000 was scheduled for April 19, but Cooney suffered a cut in workouts and it was put off. Benton said the postponement will work to Young's benefit. Joe Torg, M.D., on sports medicine involves a motor vehicle, and the cyclist often encounters the same situation as the rider who "takes a header," with similar consequences. When the vehicle strikes the cyclist, serious injuries usually result. The most serious injuries are those involving the head and neck. Current racing rules require the use of a helmet, although a series of padded leather straps is allowed. This "leather hairnet" is unfortunately the most popular form of "head protection." More effective, hard-shell helmets are slowly gaining acceptance and are more effective in reducing the severity of injuries in all types of falls and collisions. The second category of injuries are more subtle and resemble the overuse syndromes of other sports. Many of these injuries involve pressure on various nerves. Spending many hours on a bike can produce numbness of the fingers and toes. Treatment consists of rest, protection from further pressure, and, occasionally, addition of B-complcx vitamin supplements to the patient's diet. Most riders prevent these types of nerve injury by wearing padded gloves while riding, using padded handlebar tape and wearing bicycling shoes. These shoes have a rigid shank and allow more efficient pedaling. If numbness in the toes occurs, even with the proper shoes, it is recommended that a thin metatarsal pad be put in the shoes. The other region susceptible to overuse injury seems to be the cyclist's "saddle area." The key to avoiding saddle soreness is to use a bicycle scat that fits. The narrow racing shells arc made of hard nylon. B. F. GOODRICH CO. Immediot opening for large off-rood tire changer. Excel position, full benefits. Coll 228-6000 or apply in person, 4001 N. American St. (Cor. Interne) Phila., Po. N.J. and Del. call collect. Use area code 215. Limited offer for new daily andor Sunday subscriptions. "It helped," Benton said. "It gave me more time to psych the guy into this fight." That, apparently, has not been very easy to do, even with the implications for Young's future. Young has trained at Smokin' Joe's Gym in Philadelphia some of the time, but also at the Playboy Club in Great Gorge, at the Concord in the Catskills, even Texas. "Anywhere to get out of Philadelphia," Benton said. "It's a little harder to control him in Philadelphia with the distractions." These distractions, said Benton, include too many friends and hangers-on telling Young "things he wanted to hear." Benton, who has been in Young's corner 18 months, said that he counters that with the truth. That means reminding Young that this fifeM may be his last as a true contender. "He knows it," said Benton. "We talked about it." If Young feels Cooney is the rather large (6-foot, 5-inches) obstacle in his path to a title shot, he does not seem overly excited about it. "If I have a title shot, I do," Young said. "If I don't, I'll fight somebody else." Young acknowledged that his preparation for recent fights has been lax. The man Young is fighting stepped on the scale. He weighed 230l4 pounds, and he too looked surprised. He said that he thought he weighed five pounds less. Cooney is soft-spoken and seems shy. He's got wavy, John Travolta-cut hair and smiles easily and often. As relaxed and calm as he appeared, next to Young's virtual catatonia, Cooney was hyperactive. the cyclist too hard and too narrow for the average bottom. Most women need wider seats than most men. In addition, the racing seats seem to cause a fair amount of bursitis. This condition is very painful but responds well to a few weeks of rest. For many of these complaints, physicians are advised on the use of a well-constructed, padded leather seat and the gradual increase of one's mileage. I hope that my sharing of some of the medical antidotes to which the local and national cycling community subscribe will allow you to approach, and treat, these people with more understanding than most physicians possess. Cheers, Harry A. Scifert Dr. Joe Torfl Is protestor of ontwpxOc suroorY and director of itw Umvtrtitv of Peonsvtvinia's Sports rVWdicme Confer. The world of computers could be your world, too. Computers are the future. At Control Data Institute, we teach Computer ProgrammingOperations and Computer Technology. Does this computer career training really lead to jobs in the computer industry? Ask to see our job placement figures for graduates-then you decide. Day and night classes are now forming. Phone today for facts. Phono 854-1373 CONTRQL DATA INSTITUTE VSC CONIKOI DAIACOH,r()R'K)N CONTROL DATA INSTITUTE PI 5-21' 1429 Walnut St. Philadelphia. 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