Name: Al Palzer
Died: 1917-07-26 (Age:27)
Nationality: US American
Height: 6′ 3″ / 191cm
By Robert Edgren
30 December 1912
Al Palzer and Luther McCarty are to meet Wednesday In Los Angeles, where promoter McCarey is holding a series of heavyweight bouts for the double purpose of getting the coin and bringing out a new heavyweight champion When his series is over the final winner will have as good a claim to the championship as any one He will be the best of the present heavyweight crop.
The heavyweight situation is peculiar It is a situation never before seen in connection with any sport. Jack Johnson, once heavyweight champion, is barred from competition in any boxing club situated in America, France, Australia or England.
So far as boxing is concerned he might as well be dead Pugilisticaly he does not exist .So he is no longer recognized as champion. This leaves the title, without a claimant who can establish his right to it without further fighting . Al Palzer has about as good a claim as any one, as he knocked out Wells, champion of England. However, Palmer's claim amounts to little as yet as he has not met a number of other good heavyweights right here in America. He has not fought Luther McCarty, Jess Willard or Carl Morris or Gunboat Smith.
Any one of these men might have a chance to trim him. McCarty has a decision over Morris and a few days ago he knocked out Jim Flynn .But he has a number of good men to meet. The same can be said of each aspirant to the crown. One of the most promising heavyweights in the whole lot is Jess Willard, a former cow puncher who came here several months ago to take up fighting Willard had two or thee bouts in the West. He came here without a record. When he was introduced at two or three fights in New York even body laughed. Willard certainly looked like a good joke. He wore a wide, pleasant smile and stood six feet six in his socks. When he was at last given a chance however he showed himself to be anything but a joke His last fight in New York , a few months ago, was with Luther McCarty and to the utter amazement of the spectators the smiling giant outboxed outfought outpunched and outgamed McCarty, winning the bout with ease
His tremendous reach gave him one advantage McCarty is a rushing close range fighter Willard jabbed his head off before McCarty could push into range But it was the big fellows infighting that made the real hit He uncorked an uppercut that nearly lifted McCarty from his feet every time it landed. That uppercut was delivered with a speed and force that made it a very dangerous punch. Unless I’m much mistaken Willard will have something to say about that championship. After fighting McCarty he retired to some quiet corner for a while and went on studying the game. When he came out again a week or two ago he knocked out tough Sailor White In a couple of rounds. That's better than Palzers best with White. Willard’s ability as a punisher was shown in the fight with McCarty. At the end of the ten rounds Willard had a puffed eye from a swig that had landed on his left cheekbone Aside from that he didn’t show even a bruise. But McCarty, in the picturesque vernacular of the ring was beaten to a pulp
All Are Youngsters.
All of these new heavyweights are youngsters with comparatively little ring experience. McCarty was a globe trotter before he ever thought of fighting He was a cow puncher a sailor, a bridge builder —a lot of other things between jobs he "hoboed”. That is to say he satisfied his longing for a change of scene by roaming around the world and not being possessed of a bank account, he didn't pay out much money in railroad fares. When he began fighting he had his full growth, his matured strength. He started well, and after half a dozen Western engagements leaped suddenly into fame by knocking out Carl Morris. There is a story, seemingly well authenticated that Morris was robbed in the count in that fight, that he got a 1, 2 ,3 5, 10' count, and that he was waiting to get up at "nine' when the official unexpectedly yelped "ten. However that maybe McCarty knocked Morris down and that indicates the possession of a genuine championship punch Before that nobody had succeeded in even jarring the Oklahoma giant .
Palzer Has Experience
Al Palzer the town farmer who fights McCarty next, has done more work in the ring He has defeated a number of good men. Tom O'Rourke knows fighters, and Tom O’ Rourke obstinately refused to match Palzer against Call Morris when Morris was fighting well here In New York. However, Palzer has been coming along. He defeated "Bombardier" Wells of England in three rounds , Palzer got no glory with that victory it must be admitted. Wells gave him the most terrific beating in a round and a half that any heavyweight ever took in that short time. He knocked Palzer down and all but out. He had ''Big Al” reeling and staggering about the ring. Still, that fight brought out the qualities in Palzer that may make him a champion. He showed a bulldog gameness in getting up after taking an amazing amount of punishment. He never will be a clever boxer. He hasn’t either craft or quickness of thought But as a slugger he has few equals, if any.
As for Carl Morris, I think that affair with McCarty can be thrown out of the calculations. Morris is part Indian, and he doesn’t talk. He makes no excuses. Others have said he was unhurt, was taking the count deliberately ready to get up. There can be no question of his gameness. He’s wonderfully game. He is a giant in height, weight and strength, and he has become a fairly good boxer. Since losing to McCarty he has knocked out a number of other heavies, and he’ll have to be given a chance.
Smith Has A Chance
Gunboat Smith is a good boxer and hard hitter. Lately the men put against him have been afraid of his punch He has a knack of dropping the left over in a long range hook that has a terrific! Jarring effect, and he can hit like a kicking mule with his right. The way he polished off Jim Stewart and Jim Savage showed that. Smith is cool too, deliberate and calculating. The only things against him as a championship candidate are his weight 135 pounds and some doubt as to his gameness. In his California fights he earned a poor reputation by showing the white feather. And although he has never quit here he has been over ready to take advantage of opportunities to foul. I doubt the gameness of any fighter who is anxious to "get away with" a foul blow.
This is about the pick of the heavyweight crop of to-day. Of the black aspirants there are Joe Jeanette who seems to be going back in form of late and Sam Langford The latter is in Australia, where he has been fighting Sam McVey every now and then, for the championship of the world. In Australia Sam is champion. That doesn’t go however, when he gets on the steamer He’ll have to clean up pretty well before he can take the title here, and he won t find the new heavyweight giants as easy as Jim Flynn, whom he used to knock out every now and then when he needed pocket money.
Giant Farmer No Match For Cowboy McCarty
Nebraskan Heavyweight Now Heads List of Big Fellows; Best Boxer
VERNON ARENA, Jan. 2.1913—Luther McCarty, the Nebraska cowboy, is today heralded as the white champion of the world, and Al Palzer of Iowa is out of the running. For nearly eighteen rounds yesterday the cowboy punched the giant, about the ring, and in the eighteenth, with Palzer dizzily staggering from a volley of terrific lefts to the face, Referee Eyton stopped the fight
.With the elimination of Jack Johnson from pugilism, on account of his recent escapades, this victory puts McCarty in the position of heavyweight champion, but, until the negro is disposed of he will probably be accepted only as white champion.He declares that he will not fight the negro under any consideration.
Palzer, in spite of his superior height, weight and reach, was no match for the cool-headed, agile youngster. The slowwitted farmer literally stumbled through the fight, assimilating terrific punishment, and his bull-like rushes were productive of nothing but more blows for himself. He scarcely landed a clean blow throughout the fight his hardest punch only provoked the smiles of his lighter but quicker-witted antagonist.
Palzer , began the fight with an aggressiveness that showed his determination to finish his man in short order, but McCarty had little difficulty in eluding his rushes and causing him to swing wildly.
Only once Palzer appeared to have an advantage. In one of the early rounds McCarty slipped to the mat. Palzer rushed in, launching a right uppercut to catch the rising cowboy, but the latter with great agility ducked backward and Palzer's attempted knockout blow caved the atmosphere three feet away from the intended mark.
McCarty fought cleverly throughout, taking his time and beating down his man systematically. He seldom wasted a blow and hit with deadly precision. Palzer had practically no defense against Luther's whiplike left, delivered straight, from the shoulder, and seldom was he able to block the vicious right swing or uppercut which invariably followed aseries of straight lefts, with Palzer's face or stomach as the target. McCarty landed at will and with an accuracy that became monotonous.
In sparring or in clinches Palzer's eyes were kept almost continually on his manager, the veteran. Tom O'Rourke. Who crouched at the edge of the Iowan's corner, shouting Instructions to him through a megaphone. He appeared to have, no initiative whatever, and tried only to follow instructions. The latter were as audible to McCarty as to Palzer, end every move of the farmer was anticipated by the Nebraskan. McCarty frequently smiled and wrinkled his nose at the Iowan's preceptor and occasionally "joshed" the worried veteran.
The fighters bandied good-humored remarks continually, but in the concluding rounds Palzer's attempts to smile through streams of blood provided an exhibition of gameness that was pitiful. His fact was badly disfigured and he showed the effects of his beating even more than McCarty's last victim, the veteran Flynn. Unlike the latter, he was never knocked down during the fight.
The end came quickly. For several rounds the sturdy farmer was helpless before the well-timed onslaughts of the cowboy, and McCarty tried vainly to put him down. At the end of the sixteenth Referee Eyton asked Palzer if he was strong and the husky nodded an affirmative, but he came up weakly in the seventeenth to meet the inevitable volley of rights and lefts to the face and stomach.
In the eighteenth Palzer walked unsteadily to the center of the ring and literally fell into a left hook that dazed him. He clung to McCarty's shoulders, and when they separated McCarty shot two vicious lefts to the jaw that sent a jet of blood into the air. Palzer staggered back, poising for amoment on one foot. One wicked drive appeared to be all that was needed to finish him, but McCarty, apparently unwilling to administer the finishing punch, backed away, and the referee stopped the fight. McCarty's only mark was a slight cut under the right eye.
Heavy Palzer support appeared early yesterday with the arrival of fight fans from the north and east, but all the large wagers were recorded at evens.
Palzer weighed in at 218 pounds, McCarty at 205. The big Iowa farmer towered above McCarty, who appeared gigantic when he battled with Jim Flynn three weeks ago. Palzer's reach was six inches longer than that of McCarty. Nevertheless the Nebraska cowboy asserted that he felt secure in his own superior cleverness and hitting power.
In addition to the purse, the winner of yesterday's battle will be given a diamond belt, provided by Tom McCarey, emblematic of the heavyweight championship of the world.
The receipts for the fight aggregated $27.019. The exact amount received by McCarty and Palzer was not made public. Palzer said last night that he had no complaint to make, but asked for a return fight with McCarty on July 4. His manager, Tom O'Rourke said that Palzer was not in proper condition when he entered the ring and should have had a week's additional training. He said also that he had underrated McCarty's ability.
McCarty suffered no ill effects from the fight except a badly bruised right hand.
The detailed story of the heavyweight battle by rounds:
The fight started at 3:18. Palzer rushed McCarty and McCarty walloped him with left and right to the head. McCarty drove hard right to Palzer's eye. Palzer missed two hard rights and a left. McCarty ducked wild swings. Palzer reached McCarty's jaw with a hard right. Palzer
staggered with a hard straight left to the chin. Palzer brought blood from McCarty's lip with another straight left. They clinched. As the bell rang Palzer stopped to shake hands with McCarty.
McCarty landed hard right to Palzer’s jaw and forced Palzer to make several vicious swings. They exchanged rights to head and hard body blows in a clinch. McCarty drove a terrific left to Palzer's left eye, Palzer reached McCarty's face with two straight lefts and McCarty sent
Palzer's head back with a left to the face. Both landed hard lefts to the face. McCarty brought blood from Palzer's nose with a right swing and sent lefts and rights to stomach. McCarty apparently landed at will on Palzer's stomach.
Palzer sent right to body and put two hard rights to the stomach. Both missed and they went into clinch. McCarty rammed straight left into Palzer's face and followed with right and left to body. McCarty landed light left to face and cleverly blocked terrific swing. Palzer in a clinch crossed with left to McCarty's face. McCarty rammed Palzer's jaw with right and left with terrific speed. They exchanged blows in the center of the ring.
After feinting, McCarty landed light left to face and drove right to stomach. McCarty missed left swing and Palzer drove right to wind, following it with left to head. Despite Palzer's great strength, McCarty had little difficulty in holding him in clinches. McCarty swung hard right and left to face and Palzer sent three straight left to jaw. McCarty put right to Palzer's jaw.
Round fairly even.
Both of Palzer's eyes were swollen when he came up in the fifth. McCarty drove a hard right to the ribs and they exchanged blows at long distance in center of the ring, McCarty sent right to chin and swung a hard right on Palzer's face. Palzer's head rocked from right to left under McCarty's well timed swings. Palzer missed swings and McCarty drove right to stomach, following with two left to the face, causing Palzer's mouth and nose to bleed. Palzer smiled as he spat out the blood. Palzer drove a hard left to McCarty's chin, but the cowboy merely grinned. Both men were joking each other as the bell rang.
McCarty's round by large margin.
Palzer put two straight left to McCarty's face. McCarty swung right to jaw, causing another flow of blood from Palzer's mouth. They exchanged blows to the head. McCarty sent Palzer's head back with left jab which he followed with a hard left swing. He again rocked Palzer's head with a short left swing and caused Palzer to miss a vicious right uppercut. Palzer sent McCarty to the ropes with two lefts to the face, but McCarty bounced back smiling. McCarty made Palzer's eyes bulge with three terrific lefts to the face. McCarty worked left swings with good effect to Palzer's face. Palzer went to his corner looking groggy.
Palzer sent threw lefts to face and McCarty retaliated, with a hard right to the stomach. In the clinch that followed McCarty drove a terrific right to Palzer's jaw, nearly throwing him off his feet. Two straight lefts in rapid succession sent Palzer's head back and McCarty followed with a volley of swings to the face. Palzer reached McCarty's jaw with a left and McCarty retaliated with a left to the head. Palzer's left ear bled. Both were laughing as they went to their corners.
McCarty's round by a shade.
McCarty flailed Palzer's head with rights and lefts. Neither attempted to do any fighting In the clinch that followed. McCarty sent hard right to wind and left to face. Palzer rocked McCarty's head with two straight lefts. McCarty put vicious right to Palzer's jaw and then put a left to the chin. Both exchanged blows to the body. Palzer playfully tickled McCarty under the chin as the bell rang.
McCarty's round by a shade.
Palzer rushed into a clinch and McCarty sent hard right to body. McCarty again reached Palzer's jaw with right and left. Palzer put left on face. McCarty drove a right to the stomach and both rested in a clinch. Palzer put a right tothe stomach. McCarty's smile showed that Palzer's blows did little damage. Palzer drove a terrific left to the wind and McCarty followed with a vicious right swing that sent Palzer's head back. Palzer had his eyes most of the time on his corner, where his manager, Tom O'Rourke, coached him through a megaphone.
The round was even.
Palzer came up aggressively and put three lefts to McCarty's jaw. Both appeared to be slowing up. Three straight lefts followed by a hard right swing brought the blood from Palzer's eye. McCarty slipped to the mat, but was up in an instant and eluded a clumsy uppercut with which Palzer tried to hit him as he was coming up. A straight left opened a slight cut under McCarty's right eye.
McCarty drove a hard right to the heart and put left to the jaw. The men clinched. As they broke away, McCarty placed his right to the jaw but Palzer only smiled. McCarty drove a terrific left to Palzer's right eye and blood squirted over the fighters. Palzer was almost blind and rushed McCarty desperately only to be met by a left to the stomach and another left swing to his injured eye. McCarty put Palzer back with a left uppercut to the chin and Palzer was dazed as the gong rang. The crowd rose to its feet proclaiming McCarty as the winner.
McCarty staggered Palzer with a volley of rights and left to the jaw, followed by a terrific right to the stomach. Palzer swung wildly and McCarty drove right and left to head and stomach.McCarty sent a crashing left to Palzer's, mouth and Palzer reeled stupidly about the ring, trying to reach McCarty. McCarty again slammed right and left to face. Both of Palzer's checks and his mouth were bleeding profusely. Palzer again closed in to get a straight right in the stomach. Palzer did not land a blow during this round.
Palzer rushed and was met by a left to the wind. McCarty staggered Palzer with a right to the jaw and they clinched. Palzer reached McCarty's ribs with his left and the cowboy sent his crashing right Palzer’s jaw McCarty rocked Palzer's head from side to side at will. A terrific right swing cut Palzer's left ear. McCarty sent two terrific swings to Palzer’s head and body with no come back. McCarty drove two hard rights to Palzer's face, the crash of which was heard at the furthest corner of the arena. As the bell rang McCarty smothered Palzer with a fusillade of terrific swings to the head and body and Palzer reeled as if drunk to his corner.
Palzer came up viciously and after reaching McCarty right straight arm blows, McCarty again staggered him with a series of straight lefts to the face and stomach. Palzer was standing up under terrific punishment and It appeared at this stage that only the landing of a chance knockout blow would save him. McCarty smiled as he took a hard left to the face, again working his right and left to Palzer's face with precision, against which the farmer apparently had no defense. -A crushing right to Palzer's stomach caused Palzer to stagger. McCarty winked playfully at Palzer's seconds as he took his corner.
All McCarty's round.
Palzer jumped into a clinch and neither damaged the other. Palzer put a left to the jaw and drove his right to McCarty's stomach. McCarty staggered Palzer with a left and a right to jaw. A hard left to the jaw staggered Palzer and as the latter rushed the cowboy again shot rights and lefts to battered face. McCarty followed the staggering Palzer about the ring and sent his right and left at will to the face and body. Palzer hung onto McCarty's neck as the Missourian shot rights and left to the wind. Palzer was badly dazed at the bell and appeared to be weakening rapidly.
Palzer tried to reach McCarty put Palzer's head back repeatedly with terrific left swings, Palzer was staggering about the, ring. It appeared that the end was near for Palzer. The Iowan rallied here and poked his left to McCarty's face and the cowboy again sent him hack with well placed blows to the stomach. Palzer was hanging on as the bell rang. Palzer was all but out as the round ended.
McCarty put two terrific rights in the jaw, followed with straight lefts to the injured eye. A short uppercut to the jaw almost finished Palzer and the Iowan hung on with his eyes closed. A crashing right hook to the jaw followed by a left swing to the other side of his head made Palzer hang on again. McCarty flirted with Palzer's manager asthe Iowan clung to him apparently hopelessly defeated. Palzer could hardly find his corner at the bell.
Palzer stumbled into a terrific left hook and hung onto mcCarty’s shoulders. McCarty shot a hard left to the jaw and placed a terrific tattoo on Palzer’s body. The blood flowed from Palzer’s eyes and moth as McCarty shot two terrific straight lefts to his head. As Palzer staggered about blindly the referee went to McCarty and held up his right glove in token of victory.