Walcotts Pilot Hurls Olive Branch in Direction of IBC, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-09


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Walcotts Pilot Hurls Olive Branch in Direction of IBC MT. EPHRAIM, N. J., June 7 UP. — Felix Bocchicchio, manager of heavyweight champion Jersey Joe Walcott, threw a hasty olive branch to the International Boxing Club today lest some quotes he made yesterday were misunderstood. The quotes, which Bocchicchio admitted were correct, said that he- would try to break a contract with IBC unless Walcott were given 45 per cent of the net receipts in his next title defense. Bocchicchio emphasized today that the "words were expressed by me in answer to specific questions about what I would do if the IBC refuses to give Walcott the champions share in a fight," "In my mind, however, I felt sure the IBC would do the right thing for us and give us whats coming to us," Bocchicchio said. "I have no quarrel with the. IBC or with president Jim Norris. On the contrary, I owe them thanks for all the opportunities they have given Walcott to win the title." Bocchicchio said Walcott will be ready — "and happy too" — to defend his crown in September against the winner of the Rocky Marciano-Harry Kid Matthews bout. "We will be glad to fight Marciano or Matthews for the IBC anywhere in the United States," Bocchicchio said. "We ban no section of the country. However, we are most interested in putting the match in the city where it can attract the most money." Bocchicchio said that while he favors Marciano or Matthews, he also thinks highly of Clarence Henry, Joey Maxim and Harold Johnson as challengers.

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