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Boxing in New Orleans – and in America – is now an afterthought

Television is partly responsible. In the 1976 Olympics, every bout was shown live on network television, in prime time. No more.

Every four years viewers are inundated with gymnastics and synchronized swimming.

Me? I would rather watch boxing. Leon Spinks knocking out Cuba’s Sixto Soria? That was special.

And as a youngster I saw local boxing legends Tony Licata, Percy Pugh, Jerry Pelegrini and Chuck Mince.

As a young reporter my beat was often reporting on John “Super D” Duplessis and Paul Whitaker.

Sadly, those days are gone.