Sport: Knockout

For six months New York State's new athletic commissioner, Julius Helfand, traded legal punches with boxing's racketeers in an effort to demonstrate just who is really boss of New York's professional prizefighting. Managers, seconds, promoters, nearly everyone he tackled, refused to stand up and scrap. They ducked questions, danced away from each accusation, remembered little more than their own names (TIME, June 6). They felt fairly sure they had finished those early rounds without taking much of a beating.

Last week they learned how wrong they were. After spending a few more weeks studying their empty testimony, Lawyer Helfand threw a...

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