Sport: War to the Finish

Mike Jacobs, No. 1 U.S. boxing promoter, had a war declared on him last week, but did not seem to mind.

In most States where it is legal, prizefighting is controlled by a State-appointed commission. All but four of these commissions, up to last week, were members of the National Boxing Association, a self-appointed body that has tried for 22 years to govern the U.S. prize ring.

But Boxing's four isolationists—New York, California, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts—controlled 75% of the U.S.'s fight clubs, 80% of its professional fighters. Therefore the Big Four persistently thumbed...

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