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California Gov. Brown Takes Initial Steps to Outlaw Boxing

Mar. 25, 1963 - Steps aimed at outlawing boxing in California were taken today, and Gov. Edmund G. Brown (pictured) promised support of legislation asking the voters of California to amend the State Constitution next year to make boxing illegal. “I hope that Davey Moore’s tragic death,” the Governor said, “will make people aware that when muscular men enter the ring intent on rendering their opponents unconscious, these things are going to happen. I have been opposed to professional boxing for this reason since I was a boy selling soda at the prizefights in San Francisco.” The proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit all boxing “contests for prizes or purses.”


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