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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

1920-09-04 Pete Herman ND10 George Lee (New Orleans, LA, USA)

1920-09-05 New Orleans States (New Orleans, LA) (page S4)
Sammy Good Beats Sailor Blanque In 10-Round Semi-Windup

Pete Herman, world's bantamweight champion gave George Lee, the Chinese bantam from San Francisco a boxing lesson for ten rounds at the Tulane Club Saturday night. The bout went the limit because Herman let it go. The champion showed that he has lost none of his cleverness in the ring by his flashes at intervals that nearly took the Chink off his feet.

The exhibition was far better than Herman's last appearance here against Ritchie. Lee did not seem to suffer from stage fright and tried the best he knew how against the little title holder. In fact, the crowd of 4000 or more who saw the show, applauded the Chink for managing to duck and sidestep Herman at times when he appeared in danger.

Herman put on an attack for Lee in the sixth round that made him realize he was boxing a champion. He got Lee into a clinch, started his tattoo-like tactics and then threw so many gloves at his face that he didn't seem to know where they were coming from. After this round, however, Herman took things easy and boxed around Lee as the latter made an attempt to land.

The real attraction came out of the semi-windup. Sammy Good, a 142-pounder from San Francisco, making his first appearance, gained the decision over Sailor Blanque. Good is also in Sammy Goldman's stable. He gave Blanque the toughest fight he has had in a little while. Early in the scrap he opened a cut over Blanque's left eye and kept after it. Blanque rallied in the ninth and tenth rounds, but not enough to even matters.

1920-09-05 The New Orleans Item (New Orleans, LA) (page S6)

George Lee, the Chinese bantam champion, went the limit of ten rounds with Champion Pete Herman at Tulane arena Saturday night, and by boxing on the defensive throughout, with an occasionally flash of fighting, Lee thwarted the efforts of the Italian to land a knockout.

Herman tried for several rounds to make Lee lead, but the Chinese boy isn't anybody's fool and played a waiting game throughout. George made occasional flashes at close quarters and scored with a left jab and hook and at least half of the fans on hand gave the Chinese several rounds of applause.

The champion is still as fast as ever and had Lee stood up and swapped punches it is doubtful if he would have gone the limit. But George was ever on the move and on the defensive and made the sort of fight that Johnny Fisse used to win with when Herman was a semi-windup boy.

In at least three rounds Herman tried as hard to score a knockout as ever he did, but Lee took many a good smack on the jab and the two handed body attack when compelled to and danced out of danger when the chance presented itself.

As one of the ringsiders said: "He's sure a smart fighter for a Chink."

The semi-windup was chuck full of fight and the fans disagreed with the decision, which was given to Sammy Good. The Pacific coast battler proved to be a better ring general than Blanque, and a better puncher, but Blanque carried the fighting to him and was in much better condition at the finish.

Blanque conceded considerable weight to the visitor. Good used this weight to advantage in the clinches and in the closing rounds hung on. He wasn't in the best of condition, having taken the bout on a few days' notice.

The fans liked this bout a whole lot better than the main event.

1920-09-05 The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) (page 14)
Herman Toys With Lee Throughout

All was needed last night at the Tulane arena was Mr. P. T. Barnum, few wild cats, a tiger and several elephants. Pete Herman would have made up the remainder of the show and again rung true that old and well known saying "the public likes to be fooled." Pete was scheduled to battle George Lee, the Chinese bantam weight in a ten round no decision contest, and on two occasions, Peter battled the sixth and ninth rounds.

In these two stanzas he rocked the Chinaman from pillar to post and had the ex-laundryman on the verge of a knockout. However, no doubt figuring Sammy Goldman was keeping a watchful eye and the old percentage was at stake, Herman usually started the rallies 20 seconds before the bell in each of the rounds. There was no question of his superiority in these or the other sessions. But the rally was always too late and since the bell would sound when the Chink was ripe for a final punch, the knockout was delayed.

From the first to the tenth round, the match resembled one of the usual gymnasium workouts, the Chink occasionally landing a blow through sheer accident, or when Herman grew careless and allowed the Chink to penetrate his guard. Herman hit Lee several hundred times and on several occasions we imagine the Oriental must have imagined a glove factory was hurled in his direction.

The only satisfaction the handlers and admirers of Lee got out of the bout was that Lee stayed the limit. There is hardly a fair minded fan who would not wager the family undershirt Herman could have stopped the Chink had he fought in the early rounds as he did in the latter part of the sixth.

Herman, no doubt, believed he needed a little workout for the Burman match in St. Louis Monday night and took same at the expense of the local patrons at one, two and three. The proof Herman did not exert himself throughout was demonstrated when Lee left the ring unmarked. Watson, a preliminary boy, inflicted more real damage to the Chink than the champion.

You tell 'em limburger, you're strong.

The semi-windup between Sailor Blanque and an alleged Sammy Good was won by the latter. It is said that Good is a ringer and is really Jack Goodman, an old time Pacific coast battler. Sammy or Jack was in no condition, but had enough wallop to win over Blanque. Two preliminaries preceded this bout.

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