"This is gonna happen," Johnson says. "There's a real sense of camaraderie among boxers, whether they're club fighters in the gym or champions. When we get our message out, we're going to explain very carefully what unions are about and why they are significant." To that end, Johnson declares, the committee is planning to make a big public splash with, he says, a televised union-charter signing preceding a title fight sometime in the next few months.
In the Minnesota rings, word of the union drive has been slow to spread. "Fabulous" Fred Moore, a light heavyweight from Rochester whose 21-0 record (19 KOs) has made him one of the state's hottest prospects, says he suspects most fighters would vote to certify a union if they received ballots. "This is a sport where a lot of guys get used up pretty quickly. I've got a great manager, but a lot of guys don't." Moore says. "I've seen how their managers and promoters rob fighters. It's been that way for so long, we've come to accept it. If there's one boxer out there that isn't for this, I'd say maybe he's a little punchy or something."