Louis Favored to Beat Agramonte: IBC Intends Savold Bout for Ex-Champ, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-02


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• t Louis Favored to Beat Agramonte IBC Intends SavolcT ♦ Bout for Ex-Champ Bomber Consents to Accept 20 Per Cent of Purse for Return Fight With Charles By BARNEY NAGLER Staff Correspondent DETROIT, Mich., May 1.— Joe Louis fights Omelio Agramonte in the Olympia tomorrow night, in full view of the International Boxing Clubs hierarchy, and on the outcome depends the ex-champions future. If Louis, a top-heavy favorite, does the expected and whomps the Cuban, hell fight Lee Savold in June. Losing, hes likely to forget it all. Louis second comeback appearance before the homefolk — he stopped Freddie Beshore here last winter as the locals howled in delight — hasnt caused as much box office excitement as expected. Perhaps 8,000 will be in the place after parting with 5,000. Those who stay at home here and abroad will view this one on the CBS television party line. The event goes on here at 9 p. m. EST and CDT and should, as usual, attract a large video and radio audience. Louis still is champion in this regard. His Nielsen ratings are still the highest in the land. Louis should not encounter too much trouble, although he likely will go the 10 rounds. The ex-champ definitely has lost his wallop, despite the 10th round knockout of Andy Walker in his last start. Agramonte, in Miami, managed the distance with Louis. He should do it again. Job Doesnt Have Zing of Old However, the ex-champ does batter the opposition with his jab, only remaining ; potent weapon in his armory. He tries with i the right, but the starboard slammer - doesnt have the zing of yore. It has slowed down to a mere pat on the back. Jim Norris, IBC president, is here, along I with Truman Gibson, the corporations secretary, and Harry Markson, managing i director, and the meeting with Savold will ] come up for discussion if Louis survives 5 this one. The ex-champ has made another pitch for a Charles match in September by disclosing J he is willing to take only 20 per cent of the net gate receipts. This isnt . quite what it seems to be. Louis cabinet, which includes manager Marshall Miles, knows that the ducat fare isnt as rich as s before. Most of the loot comes from the ; TV receipts 00,000 in the case of f Charles-Maxim in Chicago May 30. So Louis will go for 20 per cent of the gate 8 receipts, but doubtless will insist on 40 per r cent of the video take. There is the rub. It is all academic at z this point, of course, with Louis confronted with the task of making a good showing T against Agramonte. Louis was supposed to ] fight the guy some weeks ago, but had to 3 postpone the affair because of the sniffles s or something. Now, however, he is back in shape, at Z about 213. Agramonte will be considerably W less. Louis has conceded that training takes s a lot out of him and, consequently hasnt t been working as hard for this bout. He * considers the training grind even more b costly in metabolic reconstruction than l actual fighting. The meeting with Agramonte is the fifth l In the comeback campaign. He thwacked 1 Cesar Brion in 10 in Chicago, stopped Beshore in Detroit, whacked Agramonte on a % decision, stopped Walker in 10. Now he I comes back to Agramonte. He will win. How he wins is the question. ; i - JOE LOUIS— Returns to action tonight in Detroit.

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