Sport: The Power Shovel

Middleweight Champion Carl ("Bobo") Olson goes about his ring work in the methodical, workmanlike way of a power shovel moving a specified amount of earth. A power shovel lacks drama, but there are always sidewalk superintendents around to watch. Last week 16,543 superintendents, paying $107,660, flocked into San Francisco's Cow Palace—joining millions of free lookers on TV—to watch Bobo defend his title against France's Pierre Langlois.

Boxer Langlois, who was a substitute for Joey Giardello (who had a knee injury), was game but overmatched. In the sixth round, Olson opened a cut over Langlois' left eye. In the eleventh, another Olson...

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