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PRIDE OF CONQUEST MAKES PROFESSIONAL
FIGHTERS OF TODAY BELOW STANDARD
BY EDDIE GRANEY.
It is like expecting- a man to ac
quire a good business education with
out the intuition of using it to expect
an amateur in sports to keep out of
the professional realm.
You can't dabble with athletics and
hope to excel. It's got to be made a
business, with earnest and constant
devotion taking practically a man's
Thus the amateur who reaches a
high notch is virtually doomed to be
come a professional unless he's got
the money to make income an un
Out of every 100 men who enter
the ring, 90 had not the slightest in
tention to become professionals when
' they began boxing. But pride of con
quest carried them forward. That
same pride exacted so much time and
energy that they unfitted themselves
for any other career. Naturally they
had to make it a business. The same
is true with baseball.
It is foolish for colleges- to expect
their prize athletes to become a, suc
cess in anything else, as a general
rule. To do that a man would have
to be a paragon.
That is why the hard and fast line
which it has been attempting to pre
serve between amateur and profes
sional athletics is being rapidly brok
en down. It must of necessity be
It is contrary to all human nature
and the demands of the present-day
world of scratching for a living. This
ought to be self-evident to everyone.
Why are the fighters of today fall
ing below the standard of the old ring
It is the law.
Everyone admits that we have no
Tod Sloanes or Fred Farals no great
jockeys today. Boxing and horserac
ing have languished for identically
the same reason.
The tightening of the statutes
around ring battles, especialy the
long-distance goes, has limited the
recruiting ground for raw material.to
comparatively few localities.
Where any sport is thus handicap
ped it is of course shortly stamped
out of existence. These exponents
who persist despite this obstacle, are
bound to fall to a lower and lower
The development field in boxing
has been narrowed down practically
Hundreds of fight clubs have pass
ed into the limbo of the forgotten.
Eddie Graney, Famous Tuxedo
There are few boxing instructors, and
many of these have scarcely had on a
glove. There is no encouragement
for youngsters to' get into form in
cities under the ban.
During the period when this coun
try produced its crop of great ring
men from 1857 to 1896 fights
could be held in any state and any
city. Every locality was developing
promising men. They were many to
weed out from, with the better boys
climbing upward and enlarging the
circle of their conquests. That natur-