Sport: On the Ropes

Commissioner Helfand's concern for the health of professional prizefighting did not go far enough for a pretty 23-year-old brunette named Elaine Flores. Mrs. Flores offered to contribute $10,000 toward the formation of an organization to protect the rights of the boxers themselves.

Her husband George Flores, a run-of-the-mill club fighter, died in September 1951, four days after he was knocked out by Middleweight Roger Donoghue. New York State Athletic Commission doctors, argued Mrs. Flores, were negligent in permitting her husband to put on the gloves with Donoghue. In two previous fights, both within five weeks of the fatal bout, George Flores had...

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