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Harry Reid Flashback of the Day

Boxing reform blocked by Reid, McCain alleges

By Tony Batt Las Vegas Review-Journal February 4, 2004

WASHINGTON — A feud between Sens. John McCain and Harry Reid over boxing reform intensified Tuesday when McCain accused Reid on a nationally syndicated radio program of stalling efforts to clean up the sport.

Appearing on the Don Imus show, which is simulcast on MSNBC, McCain promoted his bill to empower a national boxing commissioner.

“It’s being held up by Sen. Harry Reid,” said McCain, R-Ariz. “(Promoters) Don King and Bob Arum don’t want boxing reform, but we’re going to win because there are going to be more scandals.

P.S. though: What the heck does Congress have to do with boxing?

UPDATE: Reid’s answer : “This is a multimillion-dollar industry and it needs federal oversight.”

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