Sport: On the Ropes

Squared off with U.S. attorneys intent on proving it an illegal monopoly, the International Boxing Club (James D. Norris, Pres.) caught a legal haymaker. Boxing may be a sport, decided Manhattan's Federal Judge Sylvester J. Ryan last week, but it is also a big and far from benevolent business, and promotion of championship bouts is monopolized by the I.B.C. in violation of the Sherman antitrust laws.

The I.B.C. controls most of the country's biggest fight arenas from Manhattan's Madison Square Garden to the Chicago Stadium and Detroit's Olympia Arena. It holds exclusive contracts with...

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