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Name: Gus Ruhlin
Career Record:click
Alias: The Akron Giant
Nationality: US American
Birthplace: Canton, OH, USA
Hometown: Akron, OH
Born: 1872-01-08
Died: 1912-02-19
Age at Death: 40
Height: 6′ 2″
Trainer: Henry (Pop) Blanken

 Dubuque Telegraph Herald
16 November 1901

Jeffries Is the Victor

Ruhlin Gives Up In The fifth Round And Retires

San Francisco Nov 16


ruhlin-1In one of the most unsatisfactory prize fights ever witnessed in this country. James J. Jeffries proved to be the victor last night over Gus Ruhlin, the "Akron Giant” in the fifth round of what was to have been a twenty round struggle, Ruhlin wilted and then surrendered to his peer to the utter amazement and disgust of the assembled thousands.

 No one was more surprised at the outcome than Jeffries himself  who asserted that while he had delivered one telling blow in the second round, he did not expect to win the victory so easily. Ruhlin’s sole explanation of the outcome of the fight is that he received a chance blow which  utterly disabled him and that Jeffries persisted in fighting him low.

While Ruhlin will make no absolute charge of  Jeffries having committed a foul, he intimates that he was unfairly handled, and injured as the result. Ruhlin received the support of his seconds in this stand, who say his was a hopeless case after the second round.

When Ruhlin went to his dressing room he was followed by a very depressed  retinue. The defeated man complained of no pain and moved about without assistance.

Before an assemblage of about ten .thousand people at Mechanics' pavilion, which has been the scene of many bitter and important struggles in the past, James J. Jeffries, of Los Angeles, Cal., met Gus Ruhlin, the "Akron Giant," last night and fought for the title he has held since his memorable battle- with Bob Fitzsimmons. Never in the history of San Francisco has there been such a crush of humanity at a pugilistic event. Hardly had the sun hidden itself behind the hills  before the great pavilion began to fill with an enthusiastic crowd gathered to watch the championship contest.

Thousands poured into the gallery when the doors finally opened and long Before the first preliminary was called the upper portion of the pavilion was black with spectators, people coming from pointy between Vancouver and Mexico and embracing well known state officials, members of the judiciary and prominent sporting people, .who early took possession of the high priced seats.

Contestants In The Ring

9:28 p. m.—Jeffries enters the ring, shading his eyes. After him came his trainers, Billy Delaney, Ed Egan, Bob Armstrong and Brother Jack. Harry Corbett, the referee, then stepped into
the ring.

Round one

Ruhlin leads for the head and lands lightly with the left. They clinch. Both men are cautious. Jeffries' left goes around Ruhlin's head, but does no damage. Jeffries tapped Gus lightly on the  head with his left. The latter cleverly ducked a light left. Jeffries uppercut Ruhlin to the Jaw with his left. Jeffries landed his left on the body, hut missed another for the head. Ruhlin countered with his left. Jeffries swung again but missed. Gus blocked a left Jab for the face. Jeffries rushed, but Ruhlin came into a clinch.. Jeff essays a left for the body, but the Ohio man got out of harms way. Jeffries is smiling. The round was tame with the champion having slightly the advantage.

Round  two

They clinch. Ruhlin was hooked around the neck with a left. He accused Jeff of foul fighting. The Akron man then shot in his right and found Jeffries' ribs, following this  up with an ineffectual left awing for the head. Jeffries waxed aggressive. Ruhlin planted a right and left on the face and then rushed, landing on the body. The champion led with the left and
was countered. Ruhlin found Jeff's head and in a short exchange neither had the advantage. The men fought at closer range, Gus again landing on Jeff's face and stopping the latter's
attempt to retaliate with a strong right. Ruhlin  feinted with a right and shot a straight left on Jeff's nose, but the blow was partially blocked. The men wrestled when the round closed,
This was decidedly Ruhlin's round,

Round three

The men came up strong and Ruhlin shot in with a right and left, which were stopped. Jeff elbowed his way back and forth and caught the Akron man with a terrific left to the neck. Jeff pursued Gus and swung with both hands. In the rush Jeff landed a weak body blow. Ruhlin again appeals to the referee. Gus ducked and was met with a  straight left. He feinted and came back with an ineffectual short arm punch. Jeff easily held the advantage with Gus constantly complaining. The men .closed in several times.  Ruhlin was fighting low and Jeffries was apparently looking for a  chance. Jeff retreated about the ring until  the spectators hissed him,.  The  round  ended with neither man In distress, but with Ruhlin the more worried of the two.

Round four

 After a short exchange at close range, Ruhlin landed on the face. He was forced back and Jeff smiled as Ruhlin again rebuked him, Jeff landed his left, blacking  Gus's eye, and- then pursued him, lighting at short range and plainly wearing his man down. Ruhlin lacked aggressiveness and retreated as Jeff swung his left and right and missed, Gus led for the face and Jeff pushed him across the ring. Then the champion walked Gus across the ring again and landed a fierce blow on his Jaw , Ruhlin shot out ineffectual lefts. Jeff waded in, whaling Ruhlin  right and left, Gus went down  and took the count. He came up apparently weak and the gong saved him. Ruhlin was plainly in the greatest, distress when the round closed.
This round was much in Jeff’s favor.

Round five

Ruhlin wore a distressed expression when he came up. Jeff went in with straight arm blows; but was blocked. Jeff, landed a right hook  the Jaw and a short left to the ribs and then again to the neck .with the right.  A volley of blows followed this in which the champion forced Gus with lefts to the face. Ruhlin ducked and retreated steadily, Jeff followed up his
advantage and bore In, touching Ruhlin beneath the chin with a right, forcing Ruhlin to the ropes, after which Gus went to the floor and at the count Of five staggered to his feet. He ceased fighting and Jeff went in for a knockout. Ruhlin was utterly dazed and missed wild swings, while Jeff threw him against the ropes.

Ruhlin Gives Up

In the last minute of the round Ruhlin attempted to stop a left for the head and was forced back and struck squarely in the pit of the stomach. Jeffries was going at him fiercely and when the gong struck Ruhlin was assisted to his corner. He looked then as if the fight was practically ended.. Ruhlin gave every appearance of being distressed.  He said something to
Billy Madden and then, "Denver" Ed Martin walked  to the center of the ring and hailed Referee  Corbett. "We give up.." said Martin. and the fight was over.

Almost from the. beginning of the fight Ruhlin appeared frightened. The fight was practically finished in the second round when. Jeffries landed a left hook on the Jaw that took all the
fight out of him. Ruhlin claimed that a chance blow in the pit of the stomach rendered him unlit for fighting. His seconds complained bitterly, but Ruhlin insisted that he was the victim of
an accident. Jeff walked to Ruhlin's  corner, asked what was the matter mid then, turned in disgust and proceeded to his dressing room, while the spectators rose as one man and cheered
the champion while they denounced Ruhlin as a quitter and fakir.

The police tumbled into the ring and stopped a fight in which Corbett, the referee, and officers of the club were involved. The utmost excitement prevailed, during which Ruhlin made his
way out of the ring.

Lou Houseman, George Siler and George Hartlng, the official time keeper for the club, declared that Ruhlin was greatly overestimated, that his blows were weak and easily blocked and that he was positively without endurance. While some expressions were heard in the throng after the fight placing the stigma of a fake affair on the management, it was the consensus of opinion that Ruhlin  fought a losing battle In order to obtain the short end of an enormous prize. Boxing In San Francisco has not been helped by this event. The city supervisors at the ringside last night expressed great dissatisfaction and even went so far as to entertain suspicion in their minds of a fistic swindle.

It is estimated that something over $40,000 was realized at the box office. Of this 62% per cent Is divided In purses of 75 and 25 per cent and goes to the., participants In the event.

Crowd Was Disappointed

Sporting men who witnessed last night's contest for the championship of the world between Jim Jeffries and Gus Ruhlin agree that It was one of the most disappointing fights ever put up by heavy weights of reputation.. No one expected such a tame termination and when Billy Madden, acting for Ruhlin, threw up the sponge at the end of the fifth round, a howl of anger shook the, rafters of the pavilion. Referee Corbett plainly showed his surprise and at first thought that the sponge had been thrown. Into the ring by some practical joker. In an interview after the fight Corbett said:

"I think Madden made a mistake.He should have thought of the crowd that had paid a big admission fee to see the fight. The crowd that attends such exhibitions wants to see the defeated man knocked out. The fight might have gone another round or two when a decisive blow might have been given."

Billy Madden said that he decided to stop at the end of the fifth round to save his man from worse punishment "I did not want a knockout," said he .Ruhlin got over his grogginess quickly. He was not badly punished and bore no serious marks of the fray There was little trace  of the heavy body blow in  the fifth- round and he is little the worse for the wear. Ruhlin
and his immediate followers spoke In awed tones of Jeffries' power. They agreed that he is a terrible fighter and sought to console themselves for the defeat by extolling the champion's
fearful prowess.

Champion Jeffries In a signed statement says:

"I had not started to fight when Madden threw up the sponge. Had I gone at Ruhlin I am sure he would not have lasted two rounds. Ruhlin was scared from the first:"

It is thought that' only about $20,000 was bet on the fight.


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