Prizefighting: For All the Cheese

It isn't easy to ignore Cassius Clay. But the World Boxing Association is giving it a game try. The W.B.A. is anti-Black Muslim, anti-return-bout contracts and antinoise. It also controls what there is of boxing in 39 states (notable exceptions: California and New York). So last September it declared the heavyweight title vacant, and last week in Chicago it staged a new "world championship" fight between two harmless creatures named Ernie Terrell and Eddie Machen.

Terrell, 25, is a 6-ft. 6-in. rock-'n'-roll singer who uses his right hand mostly for shaving: in...

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