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The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

2nd Anniversary Edition

Volume 5 - No 1-  4th July , 2009

 

Johnny Kilbane The man who ended the featherweight championship reign of Abe Attell, Johnny Kilbane spent much of his life in the public eye. Kilbane defended the featherweight title for eleven years and, in retirement, became a senator in the Ohio state legislature. A Cleveland native, Kilbane started fighting professionally in the Ohio area in 1907 with three victories, according to the somewhat spotty records of his early career.

Attell v Kilbane

Published 23 Feb 1912

Johnny Kilbane Given Decision Over Attell In Battle At Los Angeles

A new pugilistic champion was made in the Vernon arena yesterday, when Johnny Kilbane of Cleveland, decisively outfought, outgamed and outpunched Abe Attell in a 20 round contest and at' the close was awarded the featherweight title by Referee Charles Eyeton.

The Bee, Danville , VA - 4 June 1923

CRIQUI NEW FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION;

KNOCKED KILBANE

OUT IN SIXTH ROUND OF BOUT

A lithe-limbed panther like warrior of France, bearing the scars of the fight of fights, boxed and punched his way to dramatic victory and a world championship here today.

The Ogden Standard - 18 September 1921

Frush Staggers Titleholder With Left Hook to Chin and Kilbane Opens Up

Attack Which Brings Cheers From 22,000 Fans

RING-SIDE. CLEVELAND, Sept. 17.—Johnny Kilbane, 32 years old and gray haired, successfully defended his title of featherweight champion of the world here today when he knocked out Danny Frush, .of Baltimore, in the seventh round of their scheduled 12-rouud fight before 22,000 people here this afternoon.

The Journal Tribune 30 April 1913

KILBANE DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST DUNDEE

IN FAST 20 ROUND DRAW

Los Angeles April 29 – Johnny Kilbane of Cleveland, featherweight champion, defended his title for the first time since he won it from Abe Attell on February, 22, 1912, against Johnny Dundee, the New York featherweight . The betting odds were 2 to1 with, comparatively little Dundee money in sight just before the fight. The men were slightly under the required 122 pounds. Referee Eyton started the boys at 9:22.

THE FIGHT BY ROUNDS

Manitoba Free Press, Winnipeg

24 Ocober 1927

Johnny Dundee Attempting To Regain Crown

Ancient Boxer Meets Tony Canzoneri Tonight

BY FRANK GETTY

New York, Oct. 23.—Sentiment, bunk and dollars will play their part tomorrow night when Johnny Dundee, now growing grey above the cauliflowers returns to the ring at the featherweight limit to meet lusty young Tony Canzoneri oŁ Brooklyn.

Syracuse Herald 27 October 1915

What New York Critics Said

About Ritchie – Dundee Go

New York, Oct. 27.—Johnny Dundee beat Willie Ritchie the former lightweight champion of the world, in their bout at Madison Square Garden and beat him through all but about two of ten hot rounds. The queer hop toad tactics of the little Italian seemed to completely befuddle the one-time title holder. Willie was more of a welterweight than a lightweight on the scales, having nearly ten pounds advantage over Dundee and he was more of a second rater than a champion in the ring. A fast and clean boxer at his best, there were moments when he seemed painfully slow before the weird squatting, hopping; bouncing attack of the Italian.

By Freddie Welsh

Lightweight Champion Of The World

Johnny Dundee defeated Willie Ritchie in their ten round bout last night. According to my figures Dundee had the advantage in four rounds, three were even and the rest go to Ritchie.It was a hard slashing fight, and Dundee deserves credit for his showing when you consider he was forced to give away about nine pounds. Dundee did the only thing possible by being on the offensive most of the time, for that was the only way he could overcome the handicap.

The Helena Daily Independent

26 July 1927 - Ace Hudkins Gains Decision Over Baker

Ace Hudkins, Nebraska "Wildcat" of the welterweight ranks, got back at Sgt.. Sammy Baker for the technical knockout victory the Soldier boxer won over him several weeks ago by slashing his way to a victory in a return 10-round bout here tonight

The Tyrone Daily Herald – 26 Feb 1930

ENGLISH accents not uncommon along Florida's east coast in the Winter season, are more pronounced than ever this year among the society set now that Mr. .Philip Suflling (Scott) of Old Kent Road Manor, London, has been accepted as the social successor to that polite limelight so long enjoyed by M. Georges Carpcntier of Paris. This Scott Gentleman —with his ballroom carriage, beaming smile, and Mayfair conversational flair — is quite the regular among society folk.

HARRY MIZLER

JUNE 1933 – DECEMBER 1943

AS

RECORDED IN THE CONTEMPORANEOUS DIARY

OF HARRY MIZLER’S FIGHTS AS KEPT BY HIS

BROTHER, JUDAH MIZLER

Transcript typed by Adrienne Edwin, youngest daughter of Harry Mizler

 

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 - No 2 - 27th July , 2009

 

Letherbridge Daily Herald 17 November 1917

Harry Wills, who is matched with Jack Dempsey to fight for the world's heavyweight championship sometime next year, is the most prominent boxer of his race today, although far below the class of many great negro fighters in past years. Wills has a poor record for a championship contender,' having made no great showing against the men he has fought, and having been extremely careful to pick easy marks and avoid all risks of defeat ever since he was first mentioned as a possible opponent for Dempsey. Also he has been much criticized for his use of hold and hit tactics in his fight's, contrary to all rules of fair boxing. He seems unable to go through a fight without using this trick.

 

THE CHARLESTON7DAILY MAIL, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 22, 1928 .

A HERITAGE OF FISTS COMES AGAIN

By WILLIAMMOFFAT

When “Honest Tom” Heeney that indefatigable scrapper who is always ready to take two to give one climbs into the ri.ng to meet Gene Tunney for the championship of the world, he will revive the memories of thirty an forty years ago when other champions of Australia came from the land of down under in search of championship honors and American gold.
 

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 - No 3 - 4th Aug , 2009

The Fort Wayne Weekly Gazette  16 April 1896

McKEEVER WON,

Didn't Put Young Griffo to Sleep but Scored the Greatest Number of Points

A Fair Sized Crowd Witnessed the Two Bullies Fight Twenty Rounds

Griffo the Heavier., But Both Men Said to Be in Very Good Condition

 

New York, April 13—A fair sized crowd gathered at the Empire Athletic club, Maspeth, L. I., tonight to witness a twenty-round boxing bout between Young Griffo, of Australia, and Charlie McKeever, of Philadelphia. The curtain raiser was a ten round bout between two colored men, namely, Fred Morris, 'Muldoon's Cyclone," of Newark, and Charley Strong, of Newark.Strong won. McKeever weighed 139 pounds. Griffo looked to be about four pounds heavier.both men were in good condition

 

The Fort Wayne Daily News 8 January 1903

YOUNG GRIFFO BACK AS GOOD AS EVER

AUSTRALIAN FIGHTER PROVES A PHYSICAL MARVEL.

AFTER LIGHTWEIGHT HONORS

Tuckhorn, His Manager, Says , His Reburnished Star Will Fight Any

135-Pound Man In the World.

 

If Young Griffo has really "come back" in the manner reported, he must be put down as the physical wonder of the age. Young Griffo is an Australian pugilist, who has been in thiscountry for a number of years, but who owing to excessive dissipation, has been passed up as a physical wreck and a man who never again would be able to enter the ring.

 

The San Antonio Light - 18 July 1926

Fights I Can’t Forget

By Tad

America’s Greatest Boxing Authority

When Young Griffo Fought Sweeney In a Bar Room

Young Griffo won on a foul in the fourteenth round from Patsy Sweeney, March 6, 1905, in a private fight held in a “hide away” in a busy section of Harlem.

Nebraska State Journal  - 28August 1928

It Made Them Mad

Unpopular Decision In the McAuliffe – Griffo Mill

American lightweight given the Fight Though Beaten On points

Hot Slugging From Start

SEASIDE ATHLETIC CLUB, CONEY ISLAND, N. Y., AUG. 27

Seldom has a limited round contest attracted such a widespread interest as that of tonight at

the Seaside athletic club between Jack McAuliffe and Alfred Griffiths, better known as "Young

Griffo," the former the lightweight champion of America and the latter the featherweight

champion of Australia. Both men are far beyond the weight limit of their respective classes, but

this cut no figure tonight, as the men fought at catch weights and the contest was decided on its

merits.

 

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 - No 4 - 11 Aug , 2009

 

Sunday State Journal Lincoln, Nebraska 24 Aug 1924

Methods of Negro Boxer Are Totally Opposite From Wild Bull's Ideas—He Weighs 224.

At Harry Wills' camp at Rose Point, a beautiful spot on Peconic Bay, Southampton, L. I., we

learned that Wills' training methods are almost totally opposite from Luis Firpo's. Whereas Luis

takes his steak and meat daily, Harry's special training dish is cream cheese of his own making.

Harry eats little meat and no steaks or beef until the day of a fight.

 

SanAntonio Express  11 September 1924

Will Firpo’s Right beat Wills Left To The Punch

NEW YORK, Sept 10.—Within the next 24 hours the huge, untutored right fist of Luis Angel

Firpo, all studded with knuckly knobs like a prehistoric cave gentleman's walking stick, will cut

furrows in the ripe atmosphere of New Jersey, speeding on an errand of commerce and conquest.

The Lincoln State Journal

12 Sept 1924

FORMER STEVEDORE TAKES EVERY ROUND

Bout Fails to Show Class in Either Boxer— Jack Dempsey Leaves

While Principals Paw Around in Sixth.

NEW YORK, Sept. 12.—With a big pair of brown hands that spread out in front of him like a

fan and that pumped into action like an air hammer, Harry Wills, former stevedore of New

Orleans took all the wildness out of Luis Angel Firpo in Jersey City last night and gave him

a severe beating in twelve rounds.

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Volume 5 - No 5 - 1st Sept , 2009

 

The Bridgeport Telegram  23 May 1918

THIRD MEETING FOR MADDEN –LEVINSKY IN THEIR LOCAL BOUT

Heavyweight Scrapsters have Clashed Twice Will Be First Bout In Some Months For Each

The battlers on the fistic card of the Laksco Club for Monday night are tuning up for the conflicts

and all promise to be in the right shape when the gong sounds for the start of the bouts

 

The Lincoln Star - 10 June 1924

Negro Unable To Kayo Irishman

Wills Gives Madden Severe Beating, But Latter On Feet At Finish

Judges Award The Decision To Black Fighter At End Of fifteen Rounds

The prestige of Harry Wills as a contender for the heavyweight title is materially diminished

today as a result of his failure to obtain no better than a judges verdict over Bartley Madden.

New York Irishman with whom he fought a colorless, though bloody, 15-round bout in the

Queensboro A. C. stadium. Long Island City, last night

 

Oakland Tribune - 18 November 1918

Another kind of an "eternal triangle" has developed as a result of Fred Fulton's victory over

Willie Meehan in San .Francisco Saturday night. Meehan whipped Jack Dempsey; Dempsey put

Fulton to sleep in half a minute and now lanky Fred has a decision over Meehan to his credit.

Which again goes to prove that "you never can tell." Some folks will attempt to make a

quadrangle out of the mess by including Jess Willard, but.his Jesslets is through and has been

for many a year. His refusal to meet a worthy opponent in a benefit bout has dropped the curtain

on the Willard party.

 

Reno Evening Gazette - 23 Jan 1920

Sporting Memories

By

Al Spink

The fight at Kenosha between Bill Brennan and Bartley Madden the other night, in which

Bill won the decision after ten lively rounds of milling proves that big Bill's defeat at the

hands of Jack Dempsey at Milwaukee in February. 1918 was a fluke, pure and simple.

Madden, a magnificent looking man, game as a pebble and strong as a giant, battled all the

way with Brennan and showed himself a fighter of the first class.

 

Nevada State Journal - 29 November 1913

Frank Mantel! Lets Out Howl of Anguish

Reno fight fans who saw the go between Frank Mantell and Roy Taylor at the Belle Isle pavilion Thursday night will be interested in the echo that comes from Sacramento where the mighty Mantel relieved himself of a few opinions. Apparently he was displeased to the utmost in being robbed of an easy win. To be charitable to Mantell it might be said that he has gone just as far back mentally as physically and that the only victories he will win in the future will be those conversational triumphs around the post office stove where the best single-handed talker is always returned a winner

 

The Fort Wayne Sentinel - 28 December 1916

Buck Crouse Carries Fight to Mantell and Wins by a Shade

Hess is the Winner of a Hot Bout With the St Louis Boxer.

Buck Crouse, of Pittsburg, won by a shade from Frank Mantell, a Dayton pug. in a ten round bout at the Majestic last night. Crouse carried the fighting to Mantell at all times and had to do all the aggressive work. Mantell set himself down on his heels and waited for Buck to come in. The latter worked persistently on the jaw and left ear of the Buckeye with a straight right from the shoulder, but failed to leave any impression on these members

The Letherbridge Daily Herald - 29 September 1916

Weeks Successfully Defends Title

Puts Mantell Out For Count In Third

It took Billy Weeks two rounds, two minutes and fifty seconds to successfully defend his title

against Frank Mantell of Butte in the ten round scheduled contest last night at the Majestic

theatre. A haymaker right to Mantell’s body ear the close to the third round put the

challenger down for the count and Weeks was declared the winner.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 - No 6 - 21st Sept , 2009

 

The Lowell Sun 15 March 1910

Jimmy Gardner

Had No trouble With Jimmy Clabby In Milwaukee

The following account of Jimmy's Gardner's recent fight, with Jimmy Clabby is from The Evening Wisconsin of Milwaukee.

The Times  1 August 1923

Curtain Fall On Fighting Career Of Jimmy Clabby

Jimmy Clabby will never fight again. His ring career ended Monday night as he fell repeatedly under the blows of a young and powerful opponent in the arena at East Chicago. He had been beaten in two rounds by Morrie Schlaifer of Omaha Defeat is inevitable and Jimmy staved it off longer than any of his contemporaries. He was the last man of his day to quit the ring, Mike Gibbons, McGoorty. Gardner, Mike "Twin" Sullivan and scores of other top-notchers of his time finished years ago.

Oakland Tribune 8 June 1911

Frank Klaus Is Ambitious To Be

Middleweight Champ

With an eagerness for sightseeing that had not been entirely satisfied by the first long trip he had

ever made away from-home, Frank Klaus spent the day yesterday in looking over San Francisco

and Oakland. ,

 

Oakland Tribune - 10 June 1911

Klaus Does Light Work And Pleases Boxing Fans

Jimmy Carroll Does Not Box Up To Expectations; Baldwin Begins Work Tomorrow

Anxious that they should be in on the first information as to the abilities of Frank Klaus and

Mattv Baldwin, quite a gathering of the boxing fans were on hand at Al White's place yesterday

afternoon.

Oakland Tribune  24 march 1912

DILLON HAS NO SHOW

IN BOUT W1TH KLAUS

Pittsburgher Easily Wins Twenty-Round

Boxing Bout From Indiana Pug; JackIs a Foul Fighter

By W. W. NAUGHTON.

SAN FRANCISCO, March 23.-—Jack Dillon has been eliminated. He lost to Frank Klaus in a

twenty-round bout at Coffroth's arena today, and Klaus has now qualified for a match with Eddie

McGoorty, who is thought to be one of the best middleweight boxers in sight. Klaus in some

respects resembles a boulder crashing downhill. The further he goes the greater his momentum

and destructive force. In the twentieth round of today's bout he worked faster and hit fiercer than

he did in any previous three-minute spell of the contest.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 - No 7 - 12 Oct , 2009

New Castle News

12 Jan 1926

BY NORMAN E BROWN.

A short while ago the wires carried the brief announcement that Eddie Shea, Chicago featherweight, had been matched to meet one Benny Gershe in the latter's home own of Cleveland. It looked just like any other fight to Shea until after his arrival in Cleveland. Then, to his surprise, Safely Director Barry of that city, who incidentally heads the boxing commission, called him into conference and told him of a well defined rumour that he ( Eddie Shea) was supposed to "take one" that Mr. Gershe, his manager and constituents might clean up on thebout.

 

The Evening Independent , Massillon ,Ohio ,26 March 1931

 

Having Licked the featherweight champion and the outstanding contender for that title, Eddie

Shea, fighting little Chicagoan, still sports a topknot bare of crown or diadem. Shea's rise in

the featherweight ranks, in the last few months, has been most sensational, but so far it has not

borne true reward in the shape of a title.

 

The Tyrone (PA) Daily Herald  12 Sept 1934

Teddy Yarosz Is New

Middleweight King

Gets decision in 15 Rounds

Over Vince Dundee

Teddy Yarosz, youthful boxing idol of the steel district, ruled the middleweight class today by lifting the crown from titleholder Vince Dundee in a 15 round split

decision battle here last night.

 

The Morning Herald, Uniontown, PA 20 Sept 1935

YAROSZ IS BADLY

BEATEN IN SECOND

MATCH WITH BABE

Champion Floored Twice During

Fight; Suffers Badly Wrenched

Knee Early in Bout

TEDDY RALLIES GAMELY

Babe Risko, ex-.sailor won the middleweight boxing championship tonight by defeating Teddy

Yarosz, of Monaca in a 15-round bout at Forbes Field. The Syracuse slugger received unanimous

decision of the Judges after flooring the champion twice and pounding him steadily throughout

the fight.

 

Lincoln State Journal 18 May 1937

Story of Teddy Yarosz Climb Back Up Ring Ladder Is Saga of Courage

Overcame Almost Hopeless Physical Handicap, Now Near Top Again.

.

BY PAUL MICKELSON.

NEW YORK.. This is the story of a 26 year old Polish-

American boy, sole support of a

mother and six hungry kids, who is making perhaps the

most courageous comeback in the history

of the grim, cheerless business of professional fighting.

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 - No 8 - 29 Oct , 2009

 

The following has been adapted from a series of articles published in 1919. By Jack Monroe

 

A history of Boxing

Has there ever been a championship fight between heavyweights In the American prize ring

that didn't bear the label "The Ring Battle of the Century ?" If there has it's one me. And I've

followed the game from both the boxer's and the spectator's standpoint for many years.

 

The trite phrase has accompanied each ring conflict from the first battle for the title between

Jake ( Jacob ) Hyer and Tom Beasley in 1816 down to the scheduled mill in Toledo on the

Fourth of July as seemingly an important a Part of the mechanism of big fisticuffs as a main

spring is to a watch. Oddly, enough, though, every championship encounter waged within the

past century has contained some feature which seems to justify such a title. Ever stop to think of

it.

The Ring Battle of the Century.

As a preface to the articles which follow it is Interesting to consider this point as

well as the remarkable progress of boxing since its origin.

 

The latter is chock full of tooth' some "dope" for the fight fan and It has a material bearing on the

coming contest, showing it in its true light of importance as a modern athletic event. The Jeffries-

Johnson bout in 1910 appeared to quality in every department the supreme contest of its kind

during the last century. Certainly there never was such a fight that aroused one quarter of the

public enthusiasm manifested in big Jeff's bungling attempt to snatch the supremacy of the ring

for the white race from his cagey black antagonist.

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 – No 9 -  9th Nov , 2009

 

Oakland Tribune

21 April 1925

Pa” and Tod Morgan To Go Fishing

Kaplan Is Not a Fish, But Vallejo Boy Is Angling For Him.

By, BOB SHAND.

Jim Stevens, the State Athletic Commission's representative for Solano county and Vallejo's

keenest fight fan, will head a big delegation of Vallejo citizens to Oakland tomorrow night to see

Tod Morgan tangle with Stewart McLean at the Auditorium. The fans of the navy yard town

think more of little Tod than they used to think of Sailor Petroskey, Sailor Grande and other

noted battlers who got their start at Flosden arena.

 

Oakland Tribune 10 June 1925

Morgan Better Than Last Program Here

By| BOB SHAND.

Tod Morgan will have more stamina tonight when he meets Joe Gorman in the ten-round main

event at the Auditorium than he had the night they gave Stewart McLean a draw with him. Fred

Morgan, who handles Tod's financial and fistic affairs, says the lad has picked up a bit of weight

since his last appearance here, and that he will be able to stand a hot pace.

 

Oakland Tribune

12 Jan 1926

Morgan Shows Class Against Gym helpers

Junior Lightweight King

Steps Six Fast Rounds For

Athens Club Members

Tod Morgan looks and acts like a champion. Frankie Bray and Sammy Cross Trill say so.

They, Frankie and Sammy, essayed to spar with the world's Junior lightweight champion

Before a goodly number of Athens club members in the gym of the Clay street club yesterday and received nothing but socks for their pains and pains for their socks.

 

The Bee, Danville VA

6 Sept 1934

Mickey Walker and Tony Canzoneri, down in the mouth after their recent disastrous

experiences, ought to hop a boat for Australia. Perhaps they will after reading this story of Tod

Morgan, a worn warrior who was down, but who came up again in the land down under.

Morgan fought his last fight in this country at White Center, a Seattle suburb, a little more than a

year ago. His cut was $14.

 

The Lowell Sun

28 Feb 1903

BANTAM CHAMPION

Harry Forbes Defeats Andy Tokell

After 10 Hard Rounds and Wins

Bantam Championship of the

World—Tokell is Champion of

England

England tried for another, championship last night and scored another defeat. Her champion bantamweight. Andy Tokell was beaten clearly and decisively by Harry Forbes. the champion

bantamweight of the world. To say that Forbes was given the decision at the end of the tenth

round comes far from telling the measure of his victory.

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 – No 10 - 26th Nov , 2009

 

This extended edition is to celebrate the work of Robert Edgren

The Syracuse Herald 17 Dec 1911

Robert Edgren

 

There are just three world's boxing champions in America today, Johnny Coulon, bantamweight;

Abe Attell. featherweight, and Ad Wolgast, lightweight. Of these Coulon and Attell obtained

their titles by claiming them, and then defending them against all comers. Fortunately, they have

been successful for several years, and there can be no question that they have earned a right to

call themselves champions. There's no flaw in the title to-day.

 

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 26 September 1915

Today, the Journal-Gazette with the New York World will

print a series of ring stories, written by Robert Edgren, under the title

of "IN THE DAYS OF REAL FIGHTING."

This series will deal with famous ring contests, some of which will stir up memories of the old

sport and be of interest to the fight followers of the present day.

 

This is the story of two of the greatest fighting men of fifteen years ago, matched to fight twenty

rounds tor a purse that amounted to about 3 per cent, of the money paid Mike Gibbons and

Packey McFarland for their skilful ten round exhibition. It is a story of a fight that was a fight—

a fight in which each of the principals, without the slightest timidity over loss oŁ reputation or

prestige, went in to win with a knockout.

 

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 3 October 1915

In The Days Of Real Fighting

Ritchie Once Won Fight After Being

Knocked Out In The Opening Round

Sometimes it is necessary to go back fifteen or twenty years to find a fight. Willie Ritchie the

American lightweight champion is one fellow who, like the old timers, never disappoints those

who expect to see action when he steps into the ring. Willie Ritchie has shown some fighting in

New York. Once, just after becoming champion, he boxed Leach Cross here and just to show his

goods stepped into Leachie and slugged all the way.

 

The Washington Post 14 May 1916

Fighting Face” Has Proved to be a Myth, and “Looks” Offers No Criterion of Pugilistic

Ability

Robert Edgren

You've heard them when a new man steps into the ring. I remember one night when Al Palzer, a

giant Minnesotan. appeared for the first time in New York fistic society. There was a

momentary hush. Then every spectator turned to every other spectator and exclaimed- "Great

Scott— what a face for a fighter"'

 

Al Palzer certainly had the ideal "Fighting face." His well-rounded jaw was thrust forward like

the ram of a battleship. There was firmness and courage in the lines of his mouth. His nose

was short, and not too prominent. His eyes were protected by high cheekbones and the brow of a

caveman. His neck was like a column, well set on broad and sloping shoulders that promised

plenty of strength and hitting power Palzer's eyes were clear blue, , like those of his Viking

ancestors, bold and steady. When fighting they held a berserk glare.

 

The Fort Wayne Journal 21 Jan 1917

By Robert Edgren

 

Have the days gone by when a sturdy Fighting man can come from nowhere and leap to the

championship class in a single bound?. It seems that way, with our modern innocuous ten-round

no decision boxing. To-day a champion ignores all challengers and waits months, or years,

without taking the slightest risk of losing a title to a formidable rival.

Each challenger is as carefully inspected as an insurance applicant, his weak and strong points

tabulated and the risks matched and balanced and summed up before the champion even

deigns to answer his challenge. It wasn't like that in the old days..Then champions were jealous

of their ring fame and too quick to oppose aspiring rivals. Consequently it happened now and

then that an unknown found his chance to become world famous over night.

 

The Fort Wayne Journal 28 April 1918

Jess Willard and Fred Fulton will furnish the next heavyweight championship fight, whether it's

held on July 4 or some other time. Fulton is Willard's natural rival for the title. He will be the

first, man of his own height Willard ever met in the ring. He will be the cleverest boxer Willard

ever met, with the single exception of Jack Johnson. And, unlike Johnson, Fulton is coming, not

going.

 

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 2 June 1918

Benny Leonard is a great lightweight champion, and would be busy defending his title If he wasn't in khaki, acting as boxing instructor at Camp Upton. The hard work of the military training camp is making Benny take on weight, and the followers of boxing are wondering if, when the war is over Benny won't be a candidate for the championship in a heavier class. Up to this time Benny has always fooled them all at the scales.

The Fort Wayne News and Sentinel 31 Jan 1920

Thousands of pages have been written about Champion Jack Dempsey and his wonderful hands

and arms and legs, and the success he has earned with them. Here and there in the thousands or

pages there has been some passing mention of one Jack Kearns, his manager.

Usually it is just a line saying that Jack Kearns is In Tia Juana conferring with James Coffroth,

the famous promoter; or that Jack Kearns has just received an offer of $500,000, more or less, for

a Dempsey- Carpentier match; or that Mr. Cochrane, England, is on his way to California to

make a big proposition to Dempsey and expects to see Mr. Dempsey and Mr. Kearns in a

day or two.

 

The Montana Standard 13 Jan 1929

Champions I Have Known.

Robert Edgren

Jess Wlllard was a real champion. The day he whipped Jack Johnson at Havana he could have

given a tough battle to any man who ever held the title. Like a football team on edge for the big

game of the season, Jess was pointed, through five years of preparation, for that fight, and on

the afternoon of April 5, 1915, he was invincible. He never went into any other fight with the

same grim determination to win, and never before or afterward was in such perfect physical

condition.

 

Lincoln Sunday Star 5 April 1931

State Commish In Far West cracks down On

Title Holders' Tricks

BY ROBERT EDGREN.

With the California athletic commission absolutely barring non-title, fights it is likely other

states soon will realize the usefulness of that action and pass similar rules. When there are no

safety zones left where the timid champs can squirm and wriggle out of all danger of losing

their titles, we'll see old-time championship fighting, and not before that. As long as

champions can make no-decision matches or force their opponents to fatten up and come in

overweight, they'll get the money with as little risk as possible. That's because boxing has

become a business proposition under modern conditions- The old days when boxers fought

for glory are gone for good.

 

The News-Sentinel Fort Wayne, Indiana

9 July 1922

By Robert Edgren

Benny Leonard for the lightweight championship at Jersey City July 27th, is going to have

half a chance to get the title. There being no decisions in Jersey bouts he can win only by

knocking Leonard out. After all the talk and challenging, the evasion and sidestepping and

haggling of the past two years this should have been a decision bout.


The Boxing Biographies Newsletter

Volume 5 – No 11 -  25th Dec , 2009

 

WHAT IS THE MATTER WITH JEFFRIES?

Is there anything the matter -with Jim Jeffries?

This question has been asked thousands of times during the last ten days and no satisfactory

answer has been given.

To settle the question one way or another The World offered to send a high-class, expert New

York physician to examine Jeffries. For some unaccountable reason Trainer Delaney refused to

permit this examination, but yesterday Delaney permitted a local general practitioner to look

Jeffries over.

Jeffries was said by the examiner, Dr. P. F. Coleman, to be in perfect physical condition.

An examination by an expert would have ended all discussion.

As the question now stands there are many who will still be doubtful as to the champion's real

Condition

 

JEFFRIES SAYS HE WAS CERTAIN

OF VICTORY FROM THE FIRST.

To the Editor of The World:

The fight is over, and I am still champion. I have beaten the man who next to myself is the

greatest natural fighter in the world, I won fairly, and from the moment I entered the ring I knew

I was the Sailor's master. The long, monotonous work through which I went in my six weeks of

training has had its effect, and the knowledge, that I stand now the greatest fighter in the world

and the undisputed champion is well worth the pain and trouble and worry that it cost me.

I had no fear when I entered the ring. As I sat in my corner and looked, at Sharkey, with his huge

chest, bulging muscles and massive strength, showing in every line of his form, it merely

inspired in me a desire to win from a man who looked as if he might 'be fit to fight for his

life.