100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

July 22, 1959 - Image 7

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
Michigan Daily, 1959-07-22

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

/Boxing Gains NewPopularity in Swe

de

STOCKHOLM A')-Swedish box-
ing has taken on new life thanks
to Ingemar Johansson, the new
world heavyweight champion. In
fact, the whole Swedish nation has
been aroused by the thunder of
Ingo's mighty "Thor's hiunmer"-
the right hand punch with which
he knocked out Floyd Patterson
June 26 in New York:
However, there still is conflict
between boxing's staunch support-
ers and its bitter foes who have-
been attacking with more force
than ever.
When Ingemar came home to
Goteborg after winning the Euro-
pean heavyweight crown he re-
ceived an official welcome. When
he returned as world champion-
Sweden's first ever in. boxing-his
native town's authorities frowned
at his "dirty work" and wanted no
part of him.
However, a crowd of 25,000 Gote-
borg citizens overlooked the offi-
cial snub and staged a mightly
welcome in their big stadium.
Frown on Boxing
Boxing always has been in
trouble in Sweden where authori-
ties and government officials frown
on it and sports officials treat it
like a stepchild. At the time of
World War I, boxing shows were
forbidden. When the Swedish Box-
ing Union started to reorganize
and clean up the fight game in the
1920s, boxing still was classed with
carnival stunts.
During the latest anti-boxing
campaign, editorials and letters to
the editor claimed boxing was not'
a sport but assault and battery.
Investigations by doctors and ex-
perts, some government sponsored,
have turned up new material to
the fire raging in the papers from
the cultural to the sports pages.
But there is no doubt that the
Swedish people, the youth of the
nation, in particular, regard Jo-
hansson's right hand punch as the
heaviest argument in favor of the
sport. Youngsters are taking up
boxing like never before. Ring togs
are in great demand and more kids
are lining up daily in front of the
small but well-managed gyms.
Officials Relent
Even government circles seem to
have relented somewhat in their
stern attitude. Prime Minister Er-
lander, together with King Gustav
Adolf and other notables sent con-
gratulatory cables to Ingemar af-
ter his victory.
The campaign against boxing is
now centered around a newspaper
publisher and member of parlia-
ment;Yngve Hamrin of Ponkoping
in southern Sweden, and certain
medical groups.

e

They still are rallying their for-
ces after the blow Ingemar dealt.
them. It is hard to build up a
myth of a bloodthirsty killer
around the cleancut Swedish
champ who rose from humble be-
beginnings.
The Swedes, being of a strong
and sportloving stock that still re-
tains some of the old Viking spirit,
have always loved their strong
men, of which there has been an
imposing number.
Majority Favor Boxing-
Tlge majority of the people, at
least on the male side, are definite-
ly in favor of boxing. But the box-
ing generally approved of here is
amateur and the British method
of control of the pros as compared:
with what is galled the "bloody and
profiteering American fight rack-
et."
This opinion has been fortified

through the reports of the myst
sous behind-the-scenes negotiat
for the first Johansson-Patter
bout, especially the attempt to fc
a "ten per cent manager" on In
mar.
The Swedish Amateur Box
Union dominates the scene h1
completely. It also sees to it t
the few pro boxers follow rigorc
precautionary regulations.
The wave of enthusiasm for I
is even higher now than it was
Gunder Haegg, Sweden's mig
miler, and tlie country's soc
football heroes.
In a Stockhold appearance,
measured up well with Jussi Boc
ling, the opera great, drawing t
of thousands.
The fighter's popularity is
high in Denmark and Norway
it is in his own country. He
helped cement the bonds am
these Scandinavian nations.

HENRY H.
STEVENS, Inc.
L.ONGz
DISTANCE ;>., , t
MOVING '_
1' 73 $roadwayr;
Flint 6, Michigon BiR
Phone Collect Stevans
Flint CEdar 4-1686 Lit. '40
For Lower FreaEstima pae
Interstate Rates Every Friday
We own, operate, schedule and dispatch our own fleet of vans
for better direct service without transfer.
IF YOU WRITE -WE HAVE IT

Student Supplies
Fountain Pens
Zipper Note Books
Stationery ,
Fountain Pen REPAIRS
by'a
factory-trained man.

TYPEWRITERS
all makes
Sold
---- Rented
Repaired
. Bought
REPAIR WORK
'A SPECIALTY

SINCE MOR RIL L'S Phone
1908 314 SOUTH STATE NO 3-2481
SELF-SERVICE
Open Saturday Afternoons until 3 P.M.

I

..

"Purchase From Purchase"
During Summer
BARGAIN DAYS

/

A HIGH, FAST ONE-This young pitcher tried his best to retire
the opposing side in order, but to no avail as the enemy won the
game by a 15-2 margin. Wildness is the biggest problem of young
hurlers.%

err err it

"AM'I SAFE?"-This young sandlotter seems to be asking whether
he was safe or out at the plate. A long throw from the outfield was
wild and he slid safely into home in a cloud of dust.

~
Brownie Movie
CAMERA
Only$ 95

Kodak Retina
1 Ic
Nikon S-2
Lord 5D

-NEW

Liat
Price
125.00

Purchpses
Price
87.50

345 00 227.00

99.50

Keystone K75 8 M.M.
Movie Projector 74.95
Argus C-3
Old Model

69.50
49.50
29.95

i
I

$PECIALS ON
Slide Projectors, Movie Equipment,
Screens, Editors, Cameras

IRATE PARENT
This youthful spectator ... ... seems a trifle bored ... ... or possibly he's daydreaming about playing himself ... he was safe

Slide Viewers Gadget Bags General Electric
Exposure Meters
35mm 69c FROM97c 79
.4
UP TO 60% OFF ON KEYSTONE
MOViE CAMERAS
USED CAMERA BARGAINS
from 97c
\A/n.-- - C- 0 A AA TI Q.f D AA

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan