Four More Fight Pilots Suspended: N. Y. Commission Defied by Guild, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-28


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Four More Fight Pilots Suspended N. Y. Commission t Defied by Guild DAmato, Melnick, Nelson, Bauer Refuse to Testify -At Fact-Finding Inquiry NEW YORK, N. Y., June 27. Four more 1 fight managers were suspended indefinitely today when the International Boxing Guild e openly defied the authority of the New o of York State Athletic Commission. i The four members Df the IBCs New York t Chapter were suspended for refusal to tes- f tify at todays resumption of the commis- r sions fact-finding inquiry into Guild ac- v tivities, They refused to testify upon advice of z Murray Frank, attorney for the New York j Chapter. Another faces suspension Tuesday unless he decides to testify then. Those suspended today wer.e: c Custer DAmato, Bobby Melnick, Bobby r Nelson and chapter-treasurer Charley g Bauer. i DAmato, owner of a downtown gymna- t sium, manages Floyd Patterson, second- ranking light-heavyweight contender, and t several other boxers. His. suspension will i not go" into effect until July 7 because Fat- t terson already is contracted to fight Archie i McBride in New York July 6. t Melnick pilots middleweight Ralph. "Tig- er" Jones and welterweight Larry Baker, i His suspension goes intc effect Wednesday . because Baker fights Jackie OBrien at 1 " Freeport, N. Y., Tuesday night. ..Treasurer Bauer manages welterweight Chris Christensen. Nelson formerly han- died several boxers, but claims he has none now. He, Melnick and DAmato were al- leged to have been "checkers" of 00 pay- i ments to the Guild whenever managers had fighters in television bouts. i Cohen to Consult Own Attorney Irving Cohen, manager of light-heavy-Veight Billy McNeece and ex-middleweight I champion Rocky Graziano, was given permission to consult his own attorney before ; appearing at Tuesdays final session. Cohen , said today he had been advised by the , Guild attorney "hot to testify, but he wanted time to have that advice confirmed or disapproved. Two other managers were suspended at last months sessions of the inquiry when they failed to appear before the commission v in answer to subpoenas. They were Bill Daly of Englewood, N. J., treasurer of the International Guild, and his managerial associate, Tex Pelte of Englewood ,N. J. The previous sessions lasted from May 6-24. Chairman Julius Helfand of the commission angrily informed each of the four suspended today, "you are licensed in this state by .this commission. And the commission is directing you to answer these questions. But you are refusing because of the direction of an attorney for the Guild." Each of the suspended told Helfand, "The Guild attorney says the commission has no judisdiction over the Guild, and I am directed not to answer your questions." .After Tuesdays final adjournment, Helfand and his two fellow-commissioners will consider the testimony of witnesses and decide "what, further action is to be taken." The six, suspended throughout the inquiry, mad demand hearings before the commissian can revoke their licenes permanently. Meanwhile, the commission may take steps to ban the Guild in New York State, or to ask the district attorney for action against some members. Max Waxman, president of the New York Chapter, was unable to appear today because of illness.

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