Sport: Title Fight?

Jersey Joe Walcott's age is variously estimated at 39 (by Jersey Joe) to 46 (by boyhood acquaintances). By either estimate, he is too old a party to be fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world. Last week, nonetheless—largely because TV audiences will stand for anything billed as a prize fight—the sturdy old Negro was put into the ring with Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano, 28. It was a triumph neither for the sponsor (Gillette Safety Razor Co.), for the autocratic matchmakers (International Boxing Club), nor for the heavy-footed contestants.

Poor old Jersey Joe ducked, clinched and backpedaled with all the grace he...

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