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Toughman Boxing #277573

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 08, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Port Huron, Michigan) Dangers involved in "toughman" boxing competitions examined; films shown. [Gary TENYER - acknowledges attraction of money.] Death of Ronald Miller in toughman bout cited as example [Victim's uncle, Robert LAW - recalls bout.] Efforts of Miller family to end toughman fights outlined. [Delores MILLER - comments on son's death.] Criticism of promoters for preying on unemployed detailed. [LAW - says fighters are from breadline, not the Rockefellers.] [Promoter Art DORE - defs. fights.] Johnny Valentine's fight noted. [VALENTINE - cites his financial situation.] Injuries sustained by Ron Himabach noted. [HIMABACH - says he was fighting for money due to unemployment.] Jesse Cortez's brain injuries cited. [Marjorie CORTEZ - notes extent of husband's injuries.] [DORE - says fighters enter ring vol.] Death recently of Vic Avazian from injuries sustained in toughman fight reported [Bar owner Myra MILLER - claims individual's have to take responsibility for own actions.] Current status of existing and proposed legislature controlling toughman matches outlined; role fins. play in fighters' decisions noted. [MAN - comments.]
REPORTER: Bob McNamara (WTRF-TV film/tape)

Rather, Dan

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