Organized Crime in Boxing
The SCI’s December 1985 final report confirmed so serious an intrusion
of organized crime into boxing that, were the same mob presence to
afflict such other professional sports as baseball or football, it would
constitute a public scandal.
Dissection of a dozen case histories not only reflected the
ineffectiveness of the regulatory process in stamping out organized
crime but also the inability of the regulators
— and managers
and promoters as well to prevent boxers from becoming brain-damaged and
blinded. As a result, the SCI joined the American Medical Association
and other medical groups in urging that professional boxing be banned.
In the meantime, the SCI proposed a series of further reforms, to reduce
the physical hazards of boxing, as well as its organized crime taint.
Bills requiring background checks of prospective licensees, including
promoters and managers, were enacted in 1986-87. Other “reforms” which
were below the standards urged by the SCI also were enacted in 1988 (See
1983-88 interim report on boxing).
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