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Story 'Low Blow' to Boxers, Fans

November 23, 1986

David Haldane's Nov. 16 account of the Spruce Goose flight was a low blow to real boxing fans, and the boxers themselves. Haldane obviously is misinformed about the sport of boxing and ignorantly sees it as barbaric. He states that the fans are "peering intently at the gore of ambitious young fighters knocking each other senseless." I would like to inform Mr. Haldane that some fans don't view boxing as gore, but as the sweet science. The sport of pugilism. That there is skill and strategy involved. The conditioning that boxers go through is second to none. Boxing is not simply two men knocking each other senseless, as Mr. Haldane states. It is writers like Mr. Haldane that ruin and smear the image of boxing.

--CHARLES BIRIMISA

Long Beach

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