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; £LAY STILL BRAGGING AT ZERO HOUR \ iston 7-1 Tonight to Zip Louisville Lip - . , · ^^-^ ' · · - - ' - if By JACK CUDDY · · MIAMI BEACH (UPI)--Cassius Clay, rapidly approaching the zero hour when hell have to ose his fists instead of his mouth, kept right oa bragging Monday but Sonny Liston remained « 7-1 favorite to win their $5 mJHIoo heavyweight championship bout tonight ·'The gabby challenger made his latest, perhaps final. forecast when he paid in unscheduled visit to the ring in the Miami Beach CoQTentioa Hall where he ted Liston wnT tingle for Listen'! title. , *I want to get in there and mark an 'X" on the canvas, where that big ugly bear of a Liston is goin" to fall in the eighth round," proclaimed boxing's 'Louisville Up." . · ··' - - · ' '' But, perhaps symbolically, day was thwarted in this desire by the fact that the ring was cluttered with lights and other paraphenalia and he was unable to climb in. Obviously irritated, the unbeaten challenger, in dark slacks and black spurts jacket with "Bear HuntuT painted in white letters on.the back, walked out front of his limousine-^-with its two'telephones inside. The confidence in his voice did not reflect the betting odds that made 30-year-old champion Liston the 7-1 favorite to make his second Successful defense of the crown he won from Floyd Patterson in I9C2 on a first- , TWO L.U. .THEATER TV OUTLETS ; Closed-circuit television tickets for tonight's Liston- Clay fight can be purchased at the West Coast theater and Municipal Auditorium. Some 300 tickets remain at the West Coast. The fight begins at 7 p-m. round knockout and defended on a similar opening session kayo against Patterson last July 22.' The slow ticket sale here indicated the gate would be about $500.000 instead of the $1.100,000 that co- promoters Bill MacDonatd and Chris Dundee had aimed at. Accordingly MacDonald. millionaire backer of the -··live"- show, was eipctced to lose about $300,000. However, Bob Nilon. executive vice president of lnterrontin»ntal Promotions, Inc.--the over-all promoting outfit--estimates "Of.the 1,103.431 seats available at 271 theater-TV outlets. 900.000 will be sold for W-500.000-" Niton said that sum plus the probable $500,000 gate in Miami Beieh would boost the total take beyond the $5-miHion mark--by far the richest one-shot attraction of any kind ever staged. Both fighters took walks Monday but otherwise Man ou a Kicycle Challenging Truck Although the top-sided odds, as well as the opinion of the fight crowd, indicates a quick knockout for Sonny Liston over Cassius Clay . . . tonight's heavyweight championship bout nevertheless is somewhat of a mystery fight - Many top boxing experts are still not sure how good Liston and Clay really are . . . though most of them are picking Sonny. Youll be right far more times than wrong if you stay with the champion. But does Sonny rate 7-1 odds off his two quick wins over Floyd Patterson, one of the biggest hoaxes in boxing history? Up to the first Patterson bout, there were doubts about him ... as well as strong reports that some of his fights had been rigged by the underworld mob that once backed him. On the other hand. Clay does have ability, even though it has been hidden behind his publicity jive. By all rights, be should be able to make a Tight of it. He's got the size and speed. And be has more potential than any other heavyweight around today. Still, the consensus is that Sonny .will take him out early--perhaps by the third round. And it is hard to go against that thinking even though a lot of us would still like. to see Liston pressed hard and hit a few times to see if he's really "true."* ' * * * KEY TO THE LENGTH OF THE fight is Clay's reactions and attitude once he climbs into the ring. He mustn't freeze and he must fight with sustained caution at all times. Actually, it's like a man on a bicycle challenging a truck. Clay's hopes of winning are based on constant movement for 15 rounds. The longer the fight goes, of course, the better his chinces. It is very doubtful that he can knock out Lhton. He's not a "dynamiter," a trade term for hard hitter. He'i rated a "worrisome puncher,'' one who stings rather than stuns. This should be especially true tonight since he will have to punch while "on the move** rather than setting himself flat-footed. The question is whether he can punch, hard enough to make Liston respect him . . . and keep the "big bear" from pressing him as hard as Sonny figures to do. For instance, when we interviewed Liston the day after the Patterson fight last July in Las Vegas, he explained why he had turned into a more effective fighter since he fought Cleveland Williams four years ago. * * * -I USED TO FIGHT LONGER BECAUSE I HAD A TRALVER that didn't know how to train me.'* Sonny said. ~I"d be sent out to feel the other fighter out and see what he could do. Well, when 1 went to feeling out that Williams, he hit me on the chin harder than anybody ever did. "So I decided right then I'd let them fetl me out 'stead of me feelin* them out. So now I throw it on them as quick as I can . . . and that's what I'D try to do with Clay. When I was asked how Fd fight Patterson, t said ·chargef WtU, ITI be chargin' against that loudmouth Cassius, too." Actually, Cassius' expected plan of strategy to fight at long range, harass Liston. keep him off balance and pile up points by "hitting and running" is almost the opposite to the style that has troubled Sonny the most. For instance, Bert Whitehurst, who went the distance twice with Liston, smothered hij punches by going inside under Sonny's leads, belting him in the stomach and then tying him up. Liston's long arms make it difficult for him to fight "inside." EDDIE MACHEN USED A SIMILAR STYLE as well as "baiting" listen. "I did a lot of talking in ray fight with him," Eddie told cs a couple of months ago when he was in the Southland. "I did it to keep him confused. He ain't the smartest guy in the world, you know. I swore at him, talked to him constantly. It got to the point where he was listening to what I had to say. I would then tie him cp and handle him inside . . . and he didn't like it. He hit me after the ben three or four tones. He tried to roust me, so I rousted h"" right back. If you let *··'*? intimidate you, it's all over." day can "talk" to Liston, ail right, but so far he's never fought "inside." He Ekes to stay at Ion; range, then move In-and-out quickly. The fight crowd insists that day has wasted more time than necessary on publicity that he could have spent developing his talents. He still makes many mistakes mainly holding his hands low and puHin; back from a punch instead of slipping it. This win be doubly dangerous against' Liston because of Sonny's gigantic 84-mch reach. · * * * j IT IS THESE FAULTS LV PARTICULAR that are ex- 1 petted to lead to Clay's downfall There's no question but what he's faster afoot than Liston, but Sonny's trainer, WiHie Reddish, s top heavyweight himself in the days of Joe Louis, reminds observers that there are "ways to check speei- MeanwhUe, while Liston is stow afoot--perhaps the only point oa which he can actually be faulted--he punches very fast . . . especially with hit left. Several victims knocked oat by his left books reveal they never saw It coming. It's a crushing punch. Fighters who knew Liston when he started out say he was a southpaw then . . . and was "turned around" in the gym before his first fight The sluggishness with which he often delivers his right supports this. * * * USTO\ ALSO IS EXTREMELY STRONG. Although weighing around 21S when trained down, the way he is buflt from the waist cp gives him the strength and power of * 260-poonder. Summing ft up, the champion appears much too formidable. It figures that be ultimately win catch up with : Clay and force s "ponch-oct." This should happen no later than the seventh round--probably much sooner. Pf?£TlY AS CANY WH IP. SOUNPEP AS STRONG AS AN OK. ANP OF THIS CHAMP, M \Q HT AS Wf euu -SAY, NO OTHER OHe THAN \\ PREDICTS TtVZ ROUND WHICH HE'S GOMNA AtJP THAT THS WAY Hi S HAS" KNOCKS THEM AH- our ROUNP HE'tl, CALL, ANP TWAT5 V/HY Wr'6 CAU-£D 3/?eATeST OF TH6M ALL.' ...GASSiuSMAweuus aAY oar ON H/M rested in order to store op energy for their scheduled 15- round fight, for which they will weigh-in at 7:30 am. (PST). That the fight will not last its programmed distance and that challenger Clay will be belted out was indicated overwhelmingly by a United Press International poll of 5S sports writers. Fifty-five picked Liston, all by a knockout. Burly Liston is favored at even money to knock out the challenger within five rounds and at S-5 to finish him within 10. Clay. Olympic light-heavyweight champion in 1960, has wwi all 19 of his professional bouts, 15 by knockouts. He is an inch ar.d one-half taller than the sii-foot one champ. And each is expected to weigh about the same-215 pounds. But Clay is given little chance because of his amateurish style, his comparatively light punch and his lesser ruggedness. Liston seeks his 29th successive victory, his fifth in a row by knockout and fourth in a row kayo in the first round. He lost but one of his 36 fights, on a decision to Marty Marshall, who broke Liston's jaw. In two later bouts. Sonny kayoed Marshall (6) and outpointed him. 2 i\EW ORLEANS THEATERS CANCEL MIAMI BEACH. Fla. (.TV--Closed circuit telecasts of the Sonny Liston Casuus Clay heavyweight championship fight to two New Orleans theaters were canceled Monday night because of the possibility of segregated seating. Liston, the champion and an officer in Theater Network Television, the agency handling the closed circuit telecasting, has insisted that all theaters carrying the fight be racially desegregated. Independent . Hi5 ear- IT J.OOKS /JKeVue toaisvftte HP " IS fiONrJA' CoM PovVis/- WffH A BAP CAS£T of- j-ocK-JAvV ^oMewrieRe INSIDE rue . CCAY M:GHT NOT $e me FIGHTER u.e o-AfMS-zb "euTS'Lt- eerTrtE GREAT HEAJRY WADSWORTH JjOtfcVFet-tOW N6V6R HAP A PAYDAY AIK^ TrtB WIW-TAKE HOME AfTCR-TONlGHTfe ~f\Hf ?CUT".. --Pjgt C-l Erickson and Goodrich Pace Bruins to Title SEATTLE (UPI)--Undefeat-j The usually slick Bruins ed and top-ranked U C L A ( \ v e r e held scoreless for the wrapped up its third succes-^irst four m i n u t e s of the she Big Six C o n f e r e n c e game and trailed 5-0 at that championship Monday night point before they got their by d o w n i n g Washington, 1 fast moving attack going. 7"8-64. The win was the[ UCLA scoring was led by Bruins' 23rd this season am^Keith E r i c k s o n and Gail assured them of a berth in G o o d r i c h , each with 21 the NCAA regional playoffs.'points. -- 1 Washington w a s kept in USC Falls in Last 4 Seconds \va s the game during the second half by L y n n Nance, who Al' Ratings Poll of Writers · }', I 10 YEARS WITH ARM RESTS ColiseumApproves Ram Pact By JERRY WYNN Quarterback Dan Reeves has paced the arm-rest Rams to victory over the hard-bench holdouts, 7-2. The score was the margin of endorsement the Coliseum Commission gave to a 10-year contract for the Rams Monday, thus terminating the longest press Unanimous: I, P-T Tabs Liston in 4 conference in spurts annals. For it was on Feb. 5 that Ram president R e e v e s called the press to announce the new pact and its acceptance by the Coliseum board. But the litter never came. The contract approved Monday basically is the same as requested by the Riras previously. Thtn. lhe commission was 5-4 in favor and lacked one vote for passage. The sixth and seventh (the extra point, naturally) votes were cast by Leonard Shane and Cot C. S. Smith. Lone desenters were Kenneth Hahn and Mrs. Rosalind Wyman. CLAY TO GIVE SONNY 'GO'~EX-SPAUMATE Hal Espy, one-lime amateur heavyweight champion and now one of the managers of the cafrteria at Long Reeves praised the contract as "good for all concerned. We're very happy and we're sure the fans will enjoy the better scat- ing." Under the contract, permanent seating at the Col | Stanford's Kent Hinckley ] . . i sank a free throw with four w. *?£, seconds remaining Monday i T~7^ r~?~!T~ night to give the Indians a^ wej I8 * h " 2° l*" ms '64-63 basketball win over the! after »»-TM,ss,on. ^ ^ccIrSfore USCs J4hJ AFTER Washington jumped Zazzaro Lored on a driving. 1 ^ 1 .^ '^ ^ fTM£ ljy~up to tic the Eiint At · , · * . * · · i^ i on a breaking jump shot by Young, with 18 points, hit.on.^^npton went a h e a d a field goal and a foul to bring a ,, ajn I5 ^ n ^ lhe Bru : n , ,the scrambling Trojans to 62- r j ' j p ' ,, fd stcadj , ,61. But they fell another ahcaj a n j ' ^ ^.^ ,, , h ; point back when (he Indians , |f Bob Bedell scored on !thruw. I Stanford's 6-8 center ,Dose scored Zl points before S , . ^ , , iseum will be reduced from fou ijng «j t with 4:57 remain " It's unanimous. i The Independent, P r e s s - ! legrasa sports staff picks' Sonny Us ton to knock outj Zassics Clay. The consensus is in four rounds. ,. . . m: LMOU -- Cvtrvto*? tnri t*. ««-| tint ·. DM ITVCM: LJrtw -- Cla/ *· tc M w*rrf» lo n vtevn a "tor* di « lv«: Ustwt--L tV corn* M *rt|. "" Beach State Cotttft, says Cassius Clay nil) give Sonny Liston "a real good pV tonight. He speaks with some authority for be trained and sparred with Clay during the Pan-American Games trials rnlSJS, "Even then Cassias had everything needed to be a great fighter," Espy says. "He can beat Uston if he moves and keeps coot He'* a lot better fighter than they've been giving him credit for being and a harder puncher." day was a light-heavyweight as aa amateur, but Eked to spar with the heavies. Espy was narrowly beaten by P(e Rademachcr in the finals of the I$36 Olympic trials. Radcmachrr went on to win the Olympic crowd. Espy also was the alternate oa the 1»60 Olympic team behipd Percy Price. Espy never tamed professional. t approximately 102.000 to 36.000 to allow the new theater-type seats to be installed. During Ram games the East end of the stadium i will be enclosed by port[ ab!e seats w cut the ca- j pacity to 65.500. 1 . . . . i T i l t PORTABLE scats j can be withdrawn if desired by USC and UCLA for their games. Both the schools gave approval to the Ram contract Monday. The Rams will pay a rent of 10 per cent on the first $750.000 revenue and five per cent thereafter and receive 50 per tent of the concessions. The commission will receive 50 per cent of Ram novelty revenue. II pay-television comes, the commission will get seven and one-half per cent f net [ing in the game. c ?,'. * 3 * 1 9 S» 77 » * *i t »l 1 M t 7 7 Hirvih X SE«Joht*r r.c!* 1 Dai-row tfl M*-1 4. Pr-oM } J, iff, *,»ncr 4 - , 4. H-triM-4 4 Cood- 'tin Sorto» Tl l ·"** **· ! COULD HAPPEN AGAIN. IJUT~'i l The Rams have three MIAMI BEACH W -- The heavyweight champion -- the five-year renewal options 'r«rtr: iMoj-^tMui* ·jM^t'man who beat Sonny Liston only loss on Liston's record. ifj--* E3i»iTo. r inwji f i!3, i sayi it can be dor.eigainL But 1 * - '~ l -- : - *--· w ---' book. A\S IIASSU: I)UK TO KM) WEDNESDAY KANSAS CFTY d*-long dilemma over the stat- tlSTM ft V However, it U hoped, Fo sure, by most everyone that!" Cassius puts cp a good fijni. lie breathed new Efe n tiie'5'" ·ame when it was dying and if he goes out quick tonight,! ul ihere is no doubt it will be a severe blow to boxing's eco-'° 'Clay is fast enough and he has the artillery to do it, T f r il T . IDOOK. ,but I think he will get too lalC 01 tlie lape j -You got to confuse him.lcareless." M a r s h a l l laid. ^ keep hint off balance." said,"Sonny will catch him in the » M a r l y Marshall of Detroit'sirth or seventh round and Cfrst nrjfit\* ~* " Because after Cl*y, there is little left for Liston. n Monday. "And don't let him,the lights will go out "v tag you with that left hoc*."' n" On Sept. 7,1954. in Detroit. i? Marshall, a tall. !e*n Negro, 15 sewed an eight-round deci-f tr.v- v^ ci^'Ziic sior 'over the current" world ,,, ^^^ Jnw'ti** after the 10 years. No other pro foutball club will be alkwed use of the Coliseum. All Ram games will be restricted to the Coliseum, eliminating the possibility of a Long Beach | pre- season tilt. I Instead of the game, why ni Kail in, TV i fon ' t lh Rim ^P M * lit of Charles O. Ficlty*s j Kansas City Athktics is tx- ! petted to end Wednesday nhtn the owner will meet with city offcUh here. Before them win be a four-year leave on Municj- icpal Stadium which Holey announced Sunday be would accept. The city said all documents will be ready for signing at the meet- «"*- The lease would provide aa annual rental of the per cent of paid admissions and 7'/i per err I of concessions, the first $30,000 of that total to be paid to the city. AH above that Cul Slops Wash. Slalc | Kally, 72-70 PULLMAN'. Wash. (UPI-University of California stood ofl a last ditch Washington 'State rally M.-ndjy night In [take a 72-70 Bi~ Six basket loll win. r j c jt 7 7 1 ? LvUi.i Jl SSrviTD 1 1 U » 4 « A * i Jt t fc.-tN e r r i«n i» Tn I I t 11 · ?; ? r*'* f J 11 IT »»· ! It WT i : ? « Toila*s Canl k -- Or«*g« c«*%t ** La** M*cTi t ^ · ^ ; L»» A:to» *t* Ha««« '· NO'., J II · fn. amount would be applied Fast end of the Coliseum j against the (300.000 1 -, I to fill the unbuilt East end · said he spent on Stadium? t«A«fl -- Lor* »«*.» Ci*» C*»-

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