Louisiana State University, perennially a top contender for national honors in the limited but still thriving intercollegiate boxing circuit (SI, Nov. 22), punched out a 7-1 victory over Maryland during the Sugar Bowl Tournament at New Orleans.
The LSU triumph was the pay-off on a wealth of material and some carefully planned strategy. Coach J. T. Owen's 30-man squad was the pick of about 100 candidates who turned out at the beginning of the season. For three months the LSU fighters trained hard in the orthodox regimen of boxing—roadwork, calisthenics, punching the bag and, finally, contact work. To prepare for Maryland, Owen obtained films and scouting reports on the opponents. Schooled in the ways of their foes, the LSU fighters went on to their sweeping win, established themselves as the ones to beat in the NCAA championships this spring.
Trophy silhouettes line ringside as Robert Pisarich of the Louisiana State team backs away from Eric Hintze of Maryland in battle for the 147-pound title. Fighting three two-minute rounds, LSU's Pisarich won a decision.
Maryland loser Leo Coyne sits at ringside after his fight while a solicitous teammate unwraps Coyne's wrist bandages.
January 17, 1955
LSU conqueror Crowe Peele hovers over fallen foe Leo Coyne during fight for 176-pound title. Collegiate rules require all fighters to wear headgear and to use 12-oz. gloves instead of the 8-ounce ones that are normally used in professional boxing.
COMIC RELIEF FLOWED IN OCCASIONAL LAPSES SUCH AS DOUBLE TUMBLE
"PURSES" FOR BOTH TEAMS CONSISTED OF TROPHIES