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The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 3- No 10  10th  DEc,  2008

 

The Passing of a World Champion

Boxing News 20 June 1923

" I can beat him” Jimmy Wilde had remarked in prophetic vein when he saw Bobby Wolgast outpoint Pancho Villa at Philadelphia on May 24th. Proof  positive that the little Welshman is a master at self-deception. The " fans " were better judges, if misled by Pete Herman's tip and wager of 1,000 dollars that Wilde would retain the one world title England has held since —oh, well, don't let us reckon the years. Wilde made a most gallant effort to hold on to his laurels, but his years and more particularly his long lay-off beat him.

 

Jimmy was but the shadow of his old self. He had nothing left save his courage. The tigerish little Filipino pasted him most severely in every round. The, one-time " Terror " could not produce any of his old a elusiveness and but a fraction of his old punching power. Pancho was tearing in to him in every round, thumping him freely and lavishly, and all Jimmy could do was to stand where he was hit and take more punishment. He took it most wonderfully, and thoroughly deserved the compliment paid him when announcing the result. The M.C. described him as "the gamest loser I ever saw." But that was all that could be said for Jimmy. And if ever a game man pulled off his shirt, that man was Wilde. He was dead weary when he staggered up for the final round. He had been practically out as early as the second, the close of which found him on the floor, whence he had to be