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Let's think about any "sport" in which the primary objective involves punching or kicking each other unconscious.

On Nov. 29, 1955, my dad took me to my first fight. I watched Arman Peck knock out Ferman King, who died the next day. Seven years later, I saw Emile Griffith knock out Benny "Kid" Paret, who also died. Over 1,090 fatalities, 566 in the USA and 73 in New York State, can be found at

Money attracts these poor men and women. If they fought on the street, they would be arrested and imprisoned for assault and battery -- yet paying to see them is considered "entertainment" in our society.

Now comes Sylvester "Rocky" Stallone and "Sugar Ray" Leonard using money to lure people to fight under a TV spotlight.

Shame on Leonard, with a detached retina, and Stallone, who never fought for real, for increasing their personal wealth by exposing others to injury and death.

Shame on us for our lurid appetite to watch.

Fred Tomasello Jr.


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