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Saturday, July 10, 2010

1916-01-01 Johnny Dundee ND6 Joe Azevedo (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

1916-01-02 The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) (page 19)
Johnny, However, Could Not Stop Californian Who Made Strong and Game Finish
Joe Malone Bests Eddie Wagon With Raps to Face, and Pal Moore Lost to Frankie Conifrey
Johnny Dundee, of New York, the lad with hands and feet that exceed the speed limit at times, bested Joe Azvedo, of California, at the National's matinee yesterday. After having the Pacific Coast boxer all but out in the third round, Dundee was called upon to repel some very savage and effective attacks later in the bout. Azvedo showed that he cannot be beaten with a couple of punches. He took three to the mouth in the third that sure did make him very wobbly. The third, a right hander, came along just as the bell rang and that probably saved him a lot of inconvenience.

In view of the great recovery he made and the game fighting that he put up, especially in the last two rounds, it can not be reckoned that Dundee missed a knockout by the sound of the bell. The Portuguese exponent of the fistic art was certainly shook up some, but his gameness and ability to better fathom Dundee's lightning-like attack proved that he was far from being all in. When the final bell rang Joe was right there and ready to continue. He was easily holding his own and gave the crowd a great run for its money. Over a longer route the Californian, with his little panties, would undoubtedly give Johnny a lot more trouble than he did in six rounds yesterday.

Dundee's speed apparently baffled Azvedo in the opening rounds. Johnny landed his jumping punch, smashed to the jaw and was in and out to the body before Joe could determine just where his opponent was located. The result was that Azvedo missed many well directed blows and Dundee's cleverness in avoiding swings and rushes kept the fans gasping. When Dundee speeded up his attack in the third and smacked Azvedo so hard on the jaw, besides walloping him on the body at close range, you couldn't have got a 100 to 1 chance on the Californian's chances of anything but taking the count in the next round or before the sixth was completed. But Joe was more careful in the fourth, and in the fifth and sixth shifted his style to better meet Dundee's attack, with the result that he forced the New Yorker to clinch and, besides, handed out some punishment that caused the bout to end in a great and exciting rally. There were loud cheers for both men as they left the ring.

In the semi-windup Pal Moore was bested by Frankie Conifrey, of New York. There was only one round in which Pal had anything on the visitor. That was the fourth. In the other Frankie was there with the punch and soon had Moore's lamps puffed up like balloons.

Another Frankie, this one McGuire by name, hailing from Williamsport, hooked up with Sam Robideau and was bested. It was a slow affair, as Mr. McGuire did not show any particular disposition to start off the New Year by mixing it with the National's champion. In the third round McGuire punched Sam through the ropes, but after that Robideau succeeded in getting to the up-Stater and inflicted some punishment to Frankie's bread basket and headpiece. McGuire received a bump in the slats and he made signs that he did not relish steamy punches to his none too well trained middle section.

Joe Malone, of New York, planted enough straight arm punches and swings to Eddie Wagon's countenance to easily earn him the decision. Joe was entirely too fast for Eddie, who was unable to judge the distance, for his punches almost invariably fell short or wrapped themselves around Joe's neck.

Danny Fields, of New York, did not finish on the long end of the bout with Joe Hirst. Joe did enough execution in the first two rounds to win by a big margin. It looked as if Danny would not elect to continue until the end, but he stuck it out, and as Joe tired he grew stronger and made some kind of a decent finish.

Danny McManus, of Boston, so outclassed Mexican Ray Rivers in the opening bout that Referee McGuigan stopped the bout in the fourth session. It was becoming as gory as a bullfight.

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