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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1898-12-27 Joe Gans W-PTS25 Wilmington Jack Daly [Lenox Athletic Club, New York, NY, USA]

1898-12-28 New York Evening Journal (New York, NY) (page 8)
The Colored Lightweight from Baltimore Gives Him a Hard Drubbing in a 25-Round Boxing Match.
The Fast Work of the Negro and His Effective Blocks of Hard Swinging Blows Confuse His Opponent.
There was a strange boxing contest at the Lenox Athletic Club last night. Jack Daly, who for some time has been posing as the very next thing to a champion of account of a twenty-round draw with Lavigne, met Joe Gans, the colored lightweight from Baltimore. The men boxed twenty-five rounds and it was one of the nearest things to a procession for twenty-four of them ever seen in New York.

Gans made Daly look far, far from a championship possibility and again the wise wonder about that Cleveland draw with Lavigne. It was Gans all the way to the last round when Daly made his usual grand stand finish and set the mob howling. But there was no chance of even a draw. Gans had followed him for better than an hour, feinted him into hard knots, jabbed him in the body, hooked him in the face, marked him, bruised him, belted him with the right, and altogether proved himself the superior boxer, fighter and general by his perfect attack and wonderful defence.

Daly fought as he has never fought before, with desperate earnestness and savage persistency, but Gans understood him to the last awkward lunge and swing, and was never in danger. He left the ring without a mark, while both of Daly's eyes were on the close, his nose beaten and bleeding and both sides of his face bumped to a fare-you-well.

Indeed it was strange that a man who could draw with the champion should be so thoroughly outfought by Gans. Of course it may be that this uncanny colored lad is the man to follow Lavigne. It is certainly not Daly. The two men hardly class.

Gans All the Time.

This is the first time that Gans has appeared in New York with a first-class, roughing, mixing proposition. It is true he met Ernst, McPartland and Ziegler, but none of them go Daly's galt. Barring the first mentioned, none of them makes a specialty of taking long chances and going any old way to hurt. Each has a certain style somewhat resembling boxing. Daly is the real, rough and ready, go-get-him fighter, and it was interesting to see what Gans could do to such a man.

He did a lot of things. First, he started in feinting to try Daly's nerve and eyesight. For one whole round he did little else and in every instance Daly was puzzled to a point where he was forced to land. It was the same savage left chop for which Daly is noted. Again and again he tried it, but each time it was blocked solidly.

Gans would step in till his foot passed Daly's and bring his body forward slowly. The feinting was perfect and Daly would break before it constantly. Gans would follow him with the same glide and Daly was indeed at sea.

Nothing of note happened until the second round, when Gans drew a left lead, and crossing it with the right, dropped Daly to his knees. Then he followed him and got the left to the face. Daly came back with his inevitable chop, followed by a swinging right, but Gans got inside and smiled as the hurricane passed over his head.

Daly Badly Rattled.

Up to the sixth there was nothing to it but Gans. In fact, to that round Daly seemed to be hopelessly confused by Joe's feinting and the unexpected left hand. He led often but always when Gans expected it, so it went to the bad.

In the sixth he began rushing in deadly earnest, and mixed Gans up in some furiously fast affairs, but Gans's defence and perfect eyes saved him from harm. Daly was all over his arms and shoulders, round and overhead, but the clean work was being done by Gans.

Round after round it went on the same, Gans would feint, slip in, feint until the chop came down. This blocked, he would begin again and finally getting Daly confused, would reach his face with the left. Again and again he would wait until Daly was about to break ground, then in with a left hook that would rock him. He would stab his left to the body, draw a lead, then a mix and come inside with a short right, as they came together. On several occasions the right all but set Daly star gazing and every one left a welt.

Daly fought as best he knew how and with a gameness worthy of the highest praise, but Gans knew things he had never dreamed of and blocked him perfectly.

In all the roughing mix-ups which Daly forced, where punches and swings were going both ways and coming from all directions, Gans was never once caught unawares. He would block the left high, and it seemed the chance for the right was perfect, but as often as it came, he got under it and laid close.

Daly tried every trick in his repertoire. He swung and came back with back-handed. He chopped and then swung the left savagely, but between the gloves and their mark Gans's brown arms always intervened. When it grew too warm he ducked out of things with marvelous judgment and speed. Do what he would, Daly could not find him fair.

Gans' Right at Work.

In the latter rounds Gans's right became more active. Daly began trying with his own good hand at the body, but Gans soon discouraged him by crossing fair on his jaw. Twice Daly tried a lead with the right for the jaw without his preliminary left. The first time it was simply stopped, but the next Gans blocked him high and crossed with his right fair on the nose.

Toward the close Gans did a lot of hunting for a chance with the right. He managed to reach now and then, but never "for fair." Daly grew cagey, as he wished to shake hands at the final bell. Of course it was good and fast for the last two. Daly saved for a finish that would make the hair and the "one per throw" boys stand.

Gans's continual jabbing and the occasional rights which he got home had Daly's face unfit for publication, but Jack made a finish. He never stopped. Left, right, left back, right again until he was tied in a knot around Gans's neck. He made 'em howl and yell "Put 'im out, Jack," but there was really nothing doing beyond the wear and tear.

In the last round he got his left on the face a few times, and for a time it looked that he would have an advantage for one round at least, but Gans finally caught him ducking and nailed him fair with right and left. It finished in general disorder, with Daly smiling the same old smile. But Gans had beaten him all the way.

Gans is clever to the last degree, and is fit to talk about championships. His one fault is his unwillingness to keep close and busy after a good punch. Once he gets the confidence to go to them and never lose an advantage he has a chance with any man alive. There is a story going that "Spike" Sullivan wants to meet him.


1898-12-28 Syracuse Standard (Syracuse, NY) (page 3)
The Colored Baltimore Lightweight Beats Daly.
Scientific Work for 25 Rounds and a Fair Decision by Charley White.

Special Dispatch to The Standard:

LENOX A. C., NEW YORK, Dec. 27.--Joe Gans, the colored lightweight of Baltimore, received the decision of Referee Charley White at the end of a 25-round glove fight with Jack Daly of Wilmington at the Lenox A. C. to-night. In science and generalship Gans gave a superb exhibition. For nearly 20 rounds he outpointed Daly with considerable to spare. Daly's strength, which at one time seemed to be waning, came back in the last five rounds, which enabled him to make a very strong finish. But on points--that is to say, blows landed, headwork, shiftiness and a general style--Gans had an undoubted advantage, which forced the referee to make the above ruling. There was some dissatisfaction after the verdict had been rendered, but that almost always happens. Gans is now in line to fight some of the top notchers in the lightweight class.

There were 3,500 men on hand and more coming when a redhot preliminary was put on between Jim Janey, colored, of Baltimore, and Dan Sullivan of Boston, for 10 rounds at 148 pounds. In the third round Janey rushed Sullivan to the ropes, where he was on the point of accomplishing a knockout, when the referee, Charley White, got between the men and declared Janey the winner.

Daly was in fine shape apparently when he took his corner. He was in the hands of Sam Fitzpatrick, George Lawlor and Tony Stennard. Gans, too, was in splendid condition. His seconds were Al Herford, Jack McCue, Jim Doherty and Jerry Marshall.

The conditions were 25 rounds at 135 pounds. The men agreed to box under Queensberry rules with a clean break-away.

Round 1--Daly led with his left but Gans was too far away. Daly tried a couple of swings, Gans blocking and putting a stiff left on the neck. Gans then reached the short ribs with a left and missed a swing for the jaw.

Round 2--Gans swung a clean right to the jaw and Daly dropped to one knee. Gans blocked a couple of wild swings for the head and then sent in a left to the chin.

Round 3--Daly tried an onslaught and got his left to the nose. They exchanged swings and worked to a clinch. Gans then planted a couple of straight lefts on the nose.

Round 4--Gans put a hard left on the body and Daly rushed into a mix-up where the Baltimore man held his own. Another left on the wind made Daly rush again only to receive a hot smash on the mouth. Gans put in some more body blows until Daly drove him to a corner from which he escaped nicely.

Round 5--Daly opened with a rush but his heavy swing was stopped. Gans continued to outpoint his rival at long range. The last minute was all in favor of Gans.

Round 6--Gans proceeded to fight at long range, getting in blows on the body and nose. Then Daly began to rush harder than before and also landed his first effective blows. It was Daly's round and the crowd was happy.

Round 7--Daly kept up his rough rushes but Gans showed magnificent defense, and scored a resounding body blow with a right. Gans again reached the stomach, but Daly in a mix up made him slip down.

Round 8--Gans threw a left across on the neck. Daly sent a solid right over the heart and repeated the attack but Gans ducked. They got into a fierce sluggy rally with honors about even.

Round 9--Gans forced Daly to the ropes where he landed on Jack's mouth. Daly then ran with a hard right on the neck and proceeded to rush until he reached the mouth. Daly then roughed matters and in powerful punches landed.

Round 10--Daly rushed into a clinch, Gans protecting himself cleverly. Daly landed a heavy right on the stomach while Gans put a shaky jolt on his chin. It was Gans's round.

Round 11--Gans tried close work, Daly crossing him on the neck with a heavy right. They fiddled around until Daly put a left squarely on the nose and a right on the side of the head. The round was Daly's.

Round 12--Gans landed a corker on the mouth. They mixed it for a moment until Gans broke away. Another rally showed that Daly was the harder hitter.

Round 13--Gans met a rush with an uppercut on the neck. Daly got in another rush and both landed heavily on the head. Then Gans saw an opening for a left and he sent so hard to Jack's nose that the blood came.

Round 14--Gans quickly jabbed Daly's nose and Daly, evidently angered, tried roughing. Gans again caught Daly off his guard with a quick left uppercut on the nose. Daly rushed with a right for the body, but he received a small hurricane of smashes in the face.

Round 15--Daly went on with his rushes and wild swings, while Gans, with consummate skill, put in punches wherever he saw openings. A left on the jaw made Daly's head wag.

Round 16--Daly rushed into a clinch, and after the break tried a vicious swing that flew high. They got into another rally, Daly showing to an advantage, with a couple of hard drives on the head.

Round 17--Gans continued to show his wonderful cleverness by his clean, fair fighting, while Daly did not land more than one good blow in the round.

Round 18--Gans landed several jabs on the damaged nose. In a corner both landed and then at long range Gans sent a swift right to the throat.

Round 19--Daly was the first to start things with a left on the forehead. Daly rushed and Joe got away only to turn quickly and hammer Jack's nose. Daly reached the neck with a heavy jolt.

Round 20--Daly promptly rushed. Gans just stepped aside and rapped him on the jaw with a beautiful left. Daly tried more rushing until Gans shook him up with a terrific right on the neck, followed with a left on the nose.

Round 21--Daly tried a couple of desperate swings, but the Baltimore man got away, whipping in sharp drives to the face and neck. Then Gans did a little rushing on his own hook and his sharp, cutting blows put Jack on the defensive.

Round 22--Gans met a rush with a heavy right on the chin. Daly got momentum by bounding off the ropes and landed right on Gans's ear.

Round 23--Daly threw in left and right swings on the neck. Gans working both hands on the wind. Daly came again and Gans almost lifted him off his feet with a straight one on the chin. It was Daly's round.

Round 24--Gans seemed slightly tired and let Daly begin operations with the usual rush. Jack bored in with heavy swings, but had to let up when Gans caught him on the jaw with a left. Daly kept on with his attack in the last minute, but his blows were not effective.

Round 25--Gans opened with a quick left on the nose. He put another on the same spot and the blood began to flow again. But Daly was full of fight, and with a heavy smash on the eye made Gans retreat. Daly rushed like a tiger all through the round and landed some fine smashes, with the result that Gans was on the defensive at the end. Gans got the decision on points, which was just, but half of the crowd hooted.

1898-12-28 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 11)

Baltimore Boxer Wins the Fight at the Lenox A. C.

Joe Gans of Baltimore received the decision over Jack Daly of Wilmington last night after twenty-five rounds of uninteresting boxing. The decision did not meet with the approval of a large part of the 4,000 spectators in attendance because of the fact that Daly did most of the leading, but they did not seem to take into consideration the fact that Daly's leads were almost invariably blocked by Gans, and that the latter did the forcing, and that his blows were clean and well placed. Daly made a very poor showing and Gans' defensive tactics tended to make the bout at times very tiresome. Gans was by far the cleverer of the two and his defensive work was admirable. The foot work of both men was at times very pretty, but Daly showed the uselessness of good leg work without the ability to back it up with effective hitting powers. His peculiar left chop he was unable to land, Gans blocking it in almost every instance, at the same time stepping inside of his right swing. Gans sent his left repeatedly to the face and
scored a clean knockdown in the second round with a right swing one the jaw. On the whole the work of the Baltimore boxer was remarkably clever and were he more aggressive he would prove a hard proposition for any of the aspirants in his class. Referee White's decision was good and the only one possible under the circumstances.

The men contented themselves with light sparring in the opening round, but in the second Gans stepped inside Daly's chop and landed with his right on the jaw. Daily dropped to the floor, but he was up immediately and rushed in with a left drop and a swinging right, but Gans was not there. Gans then jabbed his left twice to the wind and was working Daly around the ring when the bell rang, in the third Gans jabbed his left to the face repeatedly. Daly tried again and again, but could do nothing.

Gans was blocking and getting inside of Daly's swings in wonderful style and it was not until the fifth round that the latter was able to land a blow, his right twice visiting Gans' ribs. Gans was constantly reaching the wind with his left and was making Daly look very foolish.

Jack was a trifle better in the eighth, getting a good right to the heart. He was forcing the fighting and leading left and right continually, but Gans' blocking was too much for him. The eleventh was a little livelier than any of the preceding rounds. Daly sent his right hard to the body and both swung lefts to the head. Daly swung his right viciously, but always fell short and just before the bell sounded Gans sent his left flush to Daly's mouth.

In the thirteenth Daly grew careless while breaking ground and Gans hooked his left hard to the nose, scoring first blood and keeping it going in the next with another left hook. Daly seemed to be growing tired, while Gans looked as fresh as ever. In the eighteenth he livened up and reached Daly's head with right and left and several times Jack barely missed some of Joe's swings for the jaw.

Gans was looking far a chance to get his right to the mark, and in the twenty-second missed it by only an inch, landing with force enough to rock Jack's head. Daly tried hard in the last rounds to regain his lost ground. But Gans met his rushes every time with stiff counters. Jack landed a left chop several times, but Gans had too much of a lead to lose and received the decision.

The preliminary bout was the warmest affair ever witnessed at the Lenox Club. The principals. Jim Janey of Baltimore, and Dan Sullivan of Boston, were scheduled to go ten rounds at 148 pounds, but it was evidently the idea of both men to shorten the schedule, for they started in with a shower of swinging rights and lefts that left each so weak at the end of the first round that they were scarcely able to stagger to their respective corners. Both were soon bleeding from the nose and at times both were so weak that had either the strength to follow up his advantage by a single blow he could have won out. Janey finally caught his man with a right swing on the jaw in the fourth round and he went to the floor and on regaining his feet Janey rushed in and sent right and left to the head in rapid succession. Sullivan was practically knocked out and the referee stepped in and ordered them to their corners. Janey received the decision.

1898-12-28 The New York Herald (New York, NY) (page 10)
Hard Fight of Twenty-Five Rounds with "Jack" Daly at the Lenox Athletic Club.
"Joe" Gans, the colored pugilist, of Baltimore, Md., defeated "Jack" Daly, of Wilmington, Del., after twenty-five rounds of hard, clever fighting at the Lenox Athletic Club last night. The referee, "Charley" White, gave the decision to Ganz on points. Although a just one, it was received with mingled hisses and applause.

The conditions of the contest called for twenty-five rounds at 135 pounds. They agreed to fight with no hitting on the breakaway. Gans' seconds were "Al" Herford, "Jack" McCue, "Jim" Dougherty and "Jerry" Marshall. Daly's were "Tony" Stannard, George Lawlor and "Sam" Fitzpatrick. Gans was the favorite at 2 to 1. Daly had the advantage in height. The opening round was mild. Gans was the more scientific boxer and his feints frequently caused Daly to make peculiar moves. In the second round Daly led with the left and fell short, when Gans sent his right across and caught Daly on the jaw, the latter being turned around and falling. Daly was the aggressive in the early part of the sixth round and outpointed the colored lad. Toward the close of the round, however, Daly received a right on the jaw.

Gans had the best of the seventeenth round. He had a splendid opportunity to score a knockout, and missed. He said, "I won't get another chance like that, Jack." In the eighteenth round Gans showed pronounced superiority. Once he caught Jack with his left on the jaw with such force as to stagger the Delaware lad, who had all he could do to draw himself together in good shape. From this point to the twenty-second round Gans outpointed his man. In the twenty-third round Daly scored with the right and left. Daly improved in the twenty-fourth round and again carried off the honors. In the twenty-fifth and final round Gans took the initiative and scored with the left on the nose, bringing blood. Daly retaliated with a left on the neck, but he received a smart uppercut in return. Gans was declared the winner.

In the preliminary bout "Jim" Janey, the colored welter weight of Baltimore, defeated "Dan" Sullivan, of Boston, after three rounds of hard fighting. Sullivan was rapidly being pounded into a state of collapse when the referee stopped the bout.

1898-12-28 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 4)
Gans Defeated Daly.

"Joe" Gans, the colored lightweight of Baltimore, and "Jack" Daly of Wilmington, Del., fought twenty-five rounds last night at the Lenox Athletic Club. Both men fought hard from start to finish, with Gans cool and aggressive and the Wilmington boxer rushing in wildly in every round. Daly was badly punished, and when the referee awarded the decision to Gans in the final round the latter had scarcely a mark on him.

1898-12-28 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 6)
The Baltimore Boxers Win Their Fights At The Lenox Athletic Club.
He And Daly Finish The Limit Of Twenty-Five Rounds.
Cautious Sparring And No Risks Of Defeat Taken By Trying To Put Out His Opponent--James Janey, The Colored Welter Weight, Has An Easy Job.

New York, Dec. 27.--The Baltimore crowd that came here to see the 25-round fight between the light-weights Joseph Gans, of Baltimore, and Jack Daly, of Wilmington, Del., before the Lenox Athletic Club, are doubly victorious tonight, for Gans won and his companion, James Janey, the colored welter weight, of Baltimore, defeated Daniel Sullivan, of Boston, with ease in four rounds of the scheduled ten-round preliminary bout.

Gans and Daly met at 135 pounds and went the limit of 25 rounds, the colored boxer from Baltimore getting the decision from the referee. Gans outpointed his man through nearly all of the fight, but with that notable caution and carefulness which is his strongest point next to his skill with arms and legs, he refused to jeopardize his safety by taking risks in order to put his man out, though he was always on the alert for a chance to finish his opponent.

Some spectators were dissatisfied with the verdict of the referee, but the majority agreed that Gans had clearly won. He was a favorite in the betting at 100 to 80, and those who were affected by the odds looked for Daly to be an easy mark for the Baltimorean; hence some surprise was expressed at Daly's showing.

Little was done in the first round. In the second Daly tried left and right, but was blocked. Gans stood off, waiting for an opening, and sent a right swing to the jaw, dropping Daly to the floor.

Daly got up inside of three seconds, only to get a couple of hard lefts in the wind, and despite many earnest endeavors with both hands the Delaware man was unable to reach the colored man's body, Gans kept punching Daly in the face, drawing blood from the nose.

Both men fought carefully throughout, and in some rounds no damage whatever was done. Daly continued to force matters, but without effect, Gans being too clever. Gans watched closely for an opportunity to plant a knockout blow, and was quite willing to let Daly do the hard work.

Round 25--They shook hands and Gans went right to his man with a left on the face. Daly sent back a left chop on the neck. Gans put a hard left on the face and Daly sent his to the neck. Daly's nose bled again and Joe sent a righthand uppercut on the breast. Daly kept chopping his left on face and neck, and Gans landed a hard left on the neck. Another left chop from Daly drew a hard left from Joe which landed on the head. Both men fought wickedly toward the close of the round, but neither had any apparent advantage.

1898-12-28 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 5)
The Colored Lightweight Makes a Remarkable Showing--Outclasses His Rival in Science, Headwork and Style--Jim Janey Scores Another Win for Baltimore.

Joe Gans, the colored lightweight of Baltimore, received the decision of Referee Charley White at the end of a twenty-five-round glove fight with Jack Daly of Wilmington at the Lenox A. C. last night. In science and generalship Gans gave a superb exhibition. For nearly twenty rounds he outpointed Daly, with considerable to spare. Daly's strength, which at one time seemed to be waning, came back in the last five rounds, which enabled him to make a very strong finish. But on points, that is to say blows landed, head work, shiftiness and style, Gans had an undoubted advantage, which forced the referee to make the ruling.

There was some dissatisfaction after the verdict had been rendered, but that almost always happens. Daly was rather severely bruised about the face, while Gans bore no marks to speak of. Gans is now in line to fight some of the topnotchers in the lightweight class. He is a remarkable boxer, but not a very heavy hitter. He was heavily backed last night, as he generally is, by a crowd of Baltimoreans, who went home jubilant. Spike Sullivan says he wants a crack at Gans as soon as possible.

The excellence of the card attracted a crowd larger than the average, a delegation of Baltimore sports being among early arrivals at the clubhouse. The steam heaters in the building were a little too much of a good thing, and the crowd soon took coats off under protest. There were 3,500 persons on hand and more coming when a red-hot preliminary was put on between Jim Janey, colored, of Baltimore and Dan Sullivan of Boston for ten rounds at 148 pounds.

The moment the first bell rang they were at each other in hammer and tongs style. Both used heavy swings that landed squarely on the head. First Sullivan went down, bleeding from the nose and mouth. Then Janey was floored. When the round ended the crowd was wild with excitement. In the second round Janey had a slight advantage, but Sullivan fought like a tiger. In the third round both were tired, bleeding and groggy. Janey had some reserve strength in the fourth and soon scored a clean knock-down. Sullivan took nine seconds and then staggered to his feet, almost blind from blood. Janey rushed him to the ropes and was on the point of accomplishing a knock-out when the referee, Charley White, got between the men and declared Janey the winner. The time of the round was 2 minutes 4 seconds.

There was so much Gans money floating about that the betting, which opened at $100 to $80 on the Baltimorean, was soon lengthened to 2 to 1. At this price the local talent hooked on with large wads. There was not much enthusiasm when the principals entered the ring, although 4,000 persons were present. Daly was in fine shape apparently when he took his corner. He was in the hands of Sam Fitzpatrick, George Lawlor and Tony Stennard. Gans, too, was in splendid condition. His seconds were Al Herford, Jack McCue, Jim Doherty and Jerry Marshall. The conditions were twenty-five rounds at 135 pounds. When the rivals shook hands Daly showed that he had the reach. The men agreed to box under Queensberry rules, with a clean break away.

First Round.--They sparred easily for a moment. Then Daly led with his left, but Gans was too far away. More sparring, and cries of "Fight!" from the crowd followed. Daly then tried a couple of swings, Gans blocking and putting a stiff left on the neck. Gans then reached the short ribs with a left and also tried a swing for the jaw with the same hand, but it missed. Daly seemed to be drawing his man on toward the close.

Second Round.--Gans had a beautiful style, and was shifty on his feet with a superb defence in the way of blocking swings. Daly stood still a moment as if waiting for his man to come to him. Gans darted in swiftly and swung a clean right to the jaw. Daly dropped to one knee and Gans made a motion to strike him again. When Daly got up he was laughing, but at the same time he took good care to use his legs. Gans blocked a couple of wild swings for the head and then sent in a left to the chin. It was Gans's round.

Third Round.--Gans was the more scientific boxer, according to the experts around the ring. In fact, Daly seemed to appreciate the fact, for he was very cautious. Jack finally rushed, but Gans's footwork was a revelation. Daly tried another onslaught and got his left to the nose. They exchanged swings and in a warm rally in Gans's corner they worked to a clinch. Gans then planted a couple of straight lefts on the nose and Daly grinned. Gans's round.

Fourth Round.--Gans began forcing things at once. He put a hard left on the body and Daly rushed into a mix-up, where the Baltimore man held his own. Another left on the wind made Daly rush again, only to receive a hot smash on the mouth. Daly fell short with two left drives, but Gans nailed him on the eye with a hard jab. Gans put in some more body blows until Daly drove him to a corner from which he escaped nicely. It was beautiful science.

Fifth Round.--Daly got a shower bath in his corner and came up feeling fresh. He opened with a rush, but his heavy swing was stopped as if Gans had a shield. It seemed almost impossible to land a telling blow on the Baltimore man, while the latter continued to outpoint his rival at long range. Daly began to come to close quarters with attempted body blows, but he was beaten off with lefts in the face. The last minute was all in favor of Gans, his opponent laying back.

Sixth Round.--Daly's chance for victory appeared to be in a mix-up, where he could get in a heavy punch on some vital spot. Gans knew this well enough, so he proceeded to fight at long range, getting in blows on the body and nose. Then Daly began to rush harder than before and also landed his first effective blows. One body smash made Gans hustle away, but Daly kept after him up to the sound of the gong. It was Daly's round, and the crowd was happy.

Seventh Round.--Daly kept up his rough rushes now, for he saw that they might bring him success. He was aware of the fact that Gans could outbox him, and that the only way to win was by a knockout. Gans showed magnificent defence, though, and later scored a resounding body blow with a right. Gans again reached the stomach, but Daly in a mix-up made him slip down. Gans leaped to his feet, but the bell stopped further work.

Eighth Round.--So far it had been a most interesting encounter. When Daly came up Gans threw a left across on the neck. Daly rushed and sent in a solid right over the heart. Daly repeated the attack, but Gans ducked, and Jack's back-hander went wide. They got into a fierce slugging rally, with honors about even, and the crowd, by bursting into cheers, showed what was wanted.

Ninth Round.--Gans gradually forced Daly to the ropes, where he landed on Jack's mouth. Daly then ran in with a hard right on the neck, and proceeded to rush until he reached the mouth. "Watch that back-hander," said Gans to the referee. "Go on and fight," replied White. Daly then roughed matters, and in powerful punches landed he had an advantage. They were at long range when time was up.

Tenth Round.--Daly stood still for a few seconds until Gans quickly tapped him on the eye. Then he rushed into a clinch, Gans protecting himself cleverly. Daly soon landed a heavy right on the stomach, after which they indulged in give and take, Daly's head wabbling from a jolt on the chin. Gans then outboxed Jack for a short spell until the latter drew away. It was Gans's round.

Eleventh Round.--Daly danced half way around the ring, Gans following, but no blows were attempted. Gans then tried closer work, Daly crossing him on the neck with a heavy right. Jack rushed, but Gans was too clever and easily escaped. They fiddled around the ring again until Daly dashed in with a great left squarely on the nose. He followed with a right on the side of the head and Gans clinched. The round was undoubtedly Daly's.

Twelfth Round.--Gans avoided a rush in neat fashion. Daly tried another and all of his swings were blocked. Still Jack ran in again, but this time Gans landed a corker on the mouth. They mixed it for a moment until Gans broke away. Another rally showed that Daly was the harder hitter. Jack then brought his legs into play and worried his opponent not a little. A second before the bell Daly landed hard on the ear.

Thirteenth Round.--Gans fell short with a left for the face, but he met a rush with an uppercut on the neck. Daly got in another rush, and both landed heavily on the head. They worked around the ring, feinting, jig stepping and sparring, until at close quarters they exchanged swings on the neck. Then Gans saw an opening for a left, and he sent it so hard to Jack's nose that the blood made its appearance without delay.

Fourteenth Round.--Daly's seconds were busy fixing his nose when he was forced to come up again. Gans quickly jabbed it with his left, and Daly, evidently angered, tried roughing. But Gans's cleverness was apparent all the time, and Jack soon took the defensive. Gans hustled a bit now and for a moment he caught Daly off his guard with a quick left uppercut on the nose. Daly rushed with a right for the body, but he received a small hurricane of smashes in the face. Gans's round.

Fifteenth Round.--It was now merely a question whether Daly could stay the limit or score a knock-out. Gans was outclassing him so persistently that the Baltimorean looked all over a winner, barring accidents. Daly went on with his rushes and wild swings, while Gans, with consummate skill, put in punches wherever he saw openings. A left on the jaw made Daly's head wag, but still Jack rushed. Gans was very fast, while his opponent was a bit weary when he took his corner.

Sixteenth Round.--Daly's nose was swollen and sore when he toed the scratch. He rushed into a clinch, and after the break tried a vicious swing that flew high. He then tried a mix-up, but Gans was all there with clean-cut smashes on the nose and mouth. They got into another rally, Daly showing to advantage with a couple of hard drives on the head. Gans rushed, and as Daly slipped down the colored man made a hit by helping his rival to his feet. Daly was tired in the legs at the end.

Seventeenth Round.--Daly's nose was bleeding when the round began. He looked a bit disheartened, too. The speedy Gans, on the other hand, was confident and at the same time careful not to let Jack get in one of the dangerous smashes that were still in his gloves. Gans also continued to show his wonderful cleverness, and by his clean, fair fighting won the majority of the crowd. Daly did not land more than one good blow in the round, while Gans got in a dozen.

Eighteenth Round.--Daly's legs were not in the best shape now, for they were bridged a good part of the time. Gans began to fight at closer range and landed several jabs on the damaged nose. Daly tried a couple of rushes, but Gans was too nimble. In a corner both landed, and then at long range Gans sent a swift right to the throat that made Daly stagger. Jack came back hard just before the gong sounded.

Nineteenth Round.--Daly was the first to start things with a left on the forehead. He came again with a great swing that passed over Gans's head. Daly rushed, and Joe got away like a sprinter, only to turn quickly and hammer Jack's nose. Again Daly rushed, and this time he reached the neck with a heavy jolt. They mixed it near the end, with honors even.

Twentieth Round.--Daly took a drink out of a black bottle and smacked his lips as he came out of his corner. He possessed renewed vigor, it seemed, for he promptly rushed. Gans just stepped aside and rapped him on the jaw with a beautiful left. Daly tried more rushing until Gans shook him up with a terrific right on the neck. Joe followed quickly with a left on the nose, Daly retreating. Jack, however, rallied and both were hard at work when time was up.

Twenty-first Round.--Daly tried a couple of desperate swings, but the Baltimore man got away as if on springs. Daly kept coming, Gans putting up a pretty defence and also whipping in sharp drives to the face and neck. Then Gans did a little rushing on his own hook, and his sharp, cutting blows put Jack on the defensive. Daly rushed toward the close but did not harm. Both were tired.

Twenty-second Round.--Gans did some neat blocking, but Daly with rough tactics beat down his guard in a rally near the ropes. Gans, a moment later, met a rush with a heavy right on the chin which made Daly clinch. Daly got momentum by bounding off the ropes and landed right on Gans's ear. Gans laughed and then they sparred lightly to the end.

Twenty-third Round.--Daly ran in with a left on the nose. Then he got Gans into a corner and threw in left and right swings on the neck, Gans working both hands on the wind. Daly did more rough attacking, and reached the body with a right. He came again, and Gans almost lifted him off his feet with a straight one on the chin. Daly braced and rushed some more, Gans meeting him with uppercuts. It was Daly's round, much to the surprise of those who thought he had shot his bolt.

Twenty-fourth Round.--Gans seemed slightly tired and let Daly begin operations with the usual rush. Jack was desperate and also inclined to be rough. He bored in with heavy swings, but had to let up when Gans caught him on the jaw with a left that came straight from the shoulder. Daly kept on with his attack in the last minute, but his blows were not effective enough to make any great impression. He had the round, though, on work.

Twenty-fifth Round.--Gans opened with a quick left on the nose. He put another on the same spot, and the blood began to flow again; but Daly was full of fight and renewed strength, and, with a heavy smash on the eye, he made Gans retreat. Daly rushed like a tiger all through the round and landed some fine punches, with the result that Gans was on the defensive at the end.

Gans got the decision on points, which was just, but half of the crowd booed.

1898-12-28 The World (New York, NY) (page 4)
Little Negro Outpointed the Wilmington Man in a Twenty-five Round Battle.
Daly Went to the Floor in the Third Round from a Terrific Right Hand Swing on the Head.
Gans Had More Science, Much Better Judgment and So Held Daly Safe All Through the Bout.
Joe Gans, the clever lightweight negro from Baltimore, defeated Jack Daly, of Wilmington, in a scientific fight at the Lenox A. C. last night.

Daly did most of the leading, but the negro countered hard with both right and left, knocking the white man down with a right swing on the jaw early in the fight.

The referee's decision was received with mingled cheers and hisses, but the best judges considered the decision just.

There was one of the largest crowds present since the Corbett-Sharkey fiasco.

Entered the Ring at 9.30.

Gans was favorite in the betting and a crowd of Baltimore sporting men who were present put up money on their townsman at odds of 100 to 75.

Gans entered the ring at 9.30, followed by his seconds, Al Herford, Jack McCue, Jim Dougherty and Jere Marshall. He was greeted by slight applause as he walked across the ring. His habitual stolid expression was still with him.

Daly appeared a few moments later, smiling and bowing to his friends. His seconds were Sam Fitzgerald, George Lawler and Tony Stannard.

Both men seemed to be in perfect condition, and weighed 135 pounds.

They consulted in the centre of the ring a short while and agreed to fight under Queensberry rules and to break clean.

Round 1--As they came to the centre Daly was swinging his arms in his wild, reckless, awkward fashion, while Gans moved cautiously. Daly led for the face and the negro blocked. They sparred for about a minute and exchanged light taps on breast and face. Neither struck a good blow during the round.

Gans Scores a Knockdown.

Round 2--Daly continued swinging his arms, while Gans kept his hands up in front of him. Daly led for the face and missed. Gans slipped in and swung his right square on the jaw, scoring a clean knockdown. Jack was up in three seconds, smiling, while the stolid expression on the negro's face never changed. Light taps on the face and a chop that Daly landed on the top of Gans's head completed the round.

Round 3--Daly tried his right-hand chop without effect. The negro was agile as a cat and got away each time. Daly landed a straight left punch on the nose and then a light right on the stomach. He put another light punch on the nose and received a jab on the mouth from Joe's left.

Round 4--Daly began to mix it up, and they exchanged hard jabs on the head and face. Gans ripped his left into the stomach and Daly crossed his right on the neck. They mixed and Joe stepped inside Jack's guard and shot his right into the neck. Daly's swings were wild and the negro ducked out of danger.

Round 5--Daly began to chop with his right, but was blocked each time. He was very strong, but the Baltimore man was too clever. They mixed, and Daly put two hard punches over the heart at close range. They were the best blows he had delivered thus far, but they seemed to have no effect on Gans.

Round 6--They sparred a few moments, and as Gans led Daly stopped him and landed hard on the neck, and a little later he ripped his left into Gans's stomach and got away without a return. Daly rushed, and as his fists went around the neck Joe gave him a heavy punch in the jaw.

Round 7--Both men were fresh and still fast. Jack rushed and Joe ducked and clinched. A moment later Gans received a light tap on the neck and another hard one in the stomach. Both countered on the body lightly as the bell rang.

Daly Gets Best of the Round.

Round 8--Daly swung his left and missed a wild right swing; he then rushed, and as they came together he shot his right hard to the ribs. He followed it up with a smash on the face and later put another hard one on the ribs. It was clearly Daly's round.

Round 9--Gans led for the face and as they clinched both countered lightly with lefts on body. Jack rushed several times but was unable to land. He came so fast, however, that Gans could not land either. They exchanged jabs on face as the bell rang.

Round 10--The condition of the men was perfect; both were strong and comparatively fresh. They sparred cautiously for a while and then Gans rushed. His left landed square in Daly's face, but Jack came across with his right on the neck and turned the negro around. Joe jabbed his left to the face again and got away without a return.

Round 11--Gans became the aggressor and backed Daly around the ring. He jabbed his left in Jack's face and then swung his right to the body. As they danced about the ring Jack shot his long left out and landed fairly on the nose. They sparred until the end of the round.

Round 12--They mixed it up at the start of this round. Daly rushed, and they exchanged rights and lefts at close range three times. Jack rushed, and both were hooking and swinging with one arm free. Neither could land an effective blow, and they were clinched when the bell rang.

Round 13--Each one led once during the round. Gans caught Daly with his left on the nose and brought the blood, and then Daly rushed without effect.

Round 14--The fighting was very slow and only two good blows were delivered. Jack swung wild with his right twice, and each time Joe side-stepped him and sent his right on the neck.

Round 15--They livened matters in this round by taking turns at rushing, but neither got in a good blow, all the swings were wild, and they were beginning to get tired. Daly's nose was bleeding.

Daly Slips and Falls.

Round 16--Daly swung with his right and Joe side-stepped and sent his right to the neck. Jack hugged with his left arm and put in two terrific right hooks in the side. A little later Gans rushed his man to the ropes and Jack's foot slipped out; he fell. He was tiring badly when the bell rang.

Round 17--Daly began to rush at once, but Gans blocked each time and seemed to be waiting to cross his right. Daly was tired, but continued to rush.

Round 18--Gans put his right and left on Daly's eye and mouth and Jack returned it with a hard jolt in the stomach that made Gans wince. They both put rights and lefts hard on body and neck. Gans rushed and Daly crossed him with a hard right in the face; they were clinched when the bell rang.

Round 19--They sparred for half a minute and then Daly chopped for the face, the blow was blocked and both swings wild; they danced about the ring and Joe jabbed his right on the mouth. Jack swung viciously with his right, but Joe ducked. Gans rushed and they exchanged lefts on the body.

Round 20--Both came up fast and Daly rushed without effect. Gans was still waiting with his right, but failed to find an opportunity suited to him. Jack rushed again with his chopping blows and Joe stepped aside and shot the right into the ribs, the round ended with them sparring.

Not a Blow Delivered.

Round 21--The round was slow and neither man delivered a single blow. Daly did all the leading, but was blocked each time.

Round 22--Daly led for the stomach, and Gans uppercut him hard with his right. They danced around the ring for the rest of the round, with an occasional clinch.

Round 23--Daly put two hard right punches in the ribs. Gans swung for the jaw as he came in, but missed each time. Jack continued to rush Gans, but neither could land hard. Daly's nose and eyes were marked, while the negro was without a scratch.

Round 24--Daly continued to lead, and they clinched constantly, without damage to either. They were clinched when the bell rang.

Round 25--Both came up fast, and Gans led for the jaw. Daly blocked and crossed on the neck with his right. Daly shot his left on the nose and again in the stomach. They exchanged rights as they clinched, and the next time Gans uppercut, Jack put his left in the face hard, but missed a right swing. Gans landed a left swing on the jaw, but Jack swung and landed with his right on the head. It was the fiercest round of the fight, and White gave the fight to Gans on points.

The preliminary was a veritable slugging match between Jim Janey, a Baltimore negro, and Dan Sullivan, of Boston. They pounded each other terribly until the middle of the fourth round, when Referee White stopped the bout to prevent Sullivan from being knocked out and gave the bout to Janey. Both men were knocked down repeatedly and were bleeding profusely.

Monday, December 26, 2011

1904-12-26 Young Peter Jackson D-PTS15 Dixie Kid [Eureka Athletic Club, Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, MD, USA]

1904-12-27 Baltimore American (Baltimore, MD) (page 7)
Conqueror of the English Pugs Didn't Put on Steam and the Man Whose Name Savors of the Southland Trotted the Course and Made It a Draw--A Little Rough-house at the Start, After Which There Was Nothing Doing--Butte Man's Poor Showing.
Filled with the good will that makes Christmas the most joyous of festivals, Young Peter Jackson permitted the Dixie Kid to go 15 rounds to a draw yesterday afternoon before the members of the Eureka Athletic Club at Germania Maennerchor Hall. It was apparent to the old stagers among the spectators that Jackson had no vicious designs against his opponent, and that for him to go the limit was mutually satisfactory.

Jackson had returned from an all-conquering trip to England, and it was figured that the Dixie Kid would be an easy mark. This impression and the Christmas cheer on the outside caused the hall to be lacking the huge crowd that generally turn out to the bouts of the Eureka Club.

Both men seemed in good condition, but Jackson had the better of the weight, and when they stepped into the center of the ring the appearance of the men strengthened the belief that it would be a short horse soon curried. There was a delay while the men and their henchmen quarreled over the question as to whether it should be a clean break or protect yourself in the break, the Dixie Kid crowd holding out for the clean break. This point once conceded by the Jackson crowd, and the men got busy. In the first round Jackson was credited with trying out his man, but in the second he went to work, and in the old-school Jacksonian way put down the Kid for the count of nine with a shower of rights and lefts and shoved him through the ropes.

Roughed in the Third.

That was the only flash of real Peter Jackson fighting in the whole bout. In the third round the men roughed it, but Jackson did not put into his work all the power of which he is capable. From the third round on Jackson was sleigh-riding. He made it up to the Kid to do most of the leading, which he did, but the results were as though he had tapped with his fists the well-nigh impregnable defenses of Port Arthur. For reasons best known to himself, Jackson did not go about it as though he were in earnest, while the Kid undoubtedly sent out the best he had in the shop.

Some good solid body wallops were landed on Jackson, and the crowd whooped its glee, for it will ever be popular for the under dog to get in good licks. In the fourth round the Kid's nose bled slightly, and after the sixth round he frequently vomited while in his corner. In the clinches Jackson pounded on the Kid's kidneys, but did not even do that with his well-known power, else this would have been a different tale. In the fourteenth and fifteenth rounds the Kid went his best. He put it on Jackson and caused him to tin-can around the ring, and once shoved him over the ropes--a thing rarely done to Jackson, and which probably would not have been done had Jackson been really in earnest.

'Twas Herford's Joke.

Among the bunch of Dixie Kid's seconds the pretty little story about the Kid's wedding to follow the battle was shattered by the statement that the Kid is already married, which goes to again prove that the Eureka Athletic Club and its managers are not good tutors in the school of veracity, and that editors would be wise to take a huge grain of salt, whatever they may see fit to say about a fighter.

The Dixie Kid was seconded by his manager, Denny Murray; Eddie Haney, Billy Reynolds and Pete Schwartz--a scrappy bunch that gave Referee Jim O'Hara so much trouble that Deputy Marshal Manning was forced to interfere for the sake of that peace and good order which are the boast of the management of the club.

Jackson was seconded by Al Herford, Joe Gans, Harry Lyons and Rag Watkins.

About the Prelims.

The preliminaries were unusually dull. Charles Borax and Young Mitchell went a prosaic three-round draw. Young Buck Washington defeated Little Dick in three rounds. Jim Langley, of West Point, and Kid O'Brien did a three-round whirl, and Matty Knox, of Sandy Bottom, won in three rounds from Jim McGrath. The funniest of the preliminaries was between Young Munroe, who claims Butte, Mont., as his hailing port, and Kid Brown, of Buxton. Munroe had an idea that he was a fighter and began full of ginger, but a punch from Brown put him down to take the count and ruminate on the folly of mundane things. After that Munroe was slower and wiser and lasted through the three rounds, although Brown was given the decision.

It was announced that Larry Temple and Young Peter Jackson will meet next Monday afternoon.

During the ceremonies Manager Al Herford was presented a diamond stud in a neat speech by Dr. H. Lee Clarke, the stud being the gift from some of the enthusiastic members of the club.

1904-12-27 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 9)
Young Peter Jackson And Dixie Kid Get This Verdict.
Baltimore Boxer Excelled At Close Range And The Other At Long-Arm Fighting--No Wedding.

Young Peter Jackson and the Dixie Kid, colored welterweights, fought at 15-round draw yesterday afternoon before the Eureka Athletic Club, at Germania Maennerchor Hall.

After the fighters had entered the ring President Al Herford, of the club, was given a beautiful diamond ring as a Christmas present. The present had been purchased with money subscribed by the club members.

The Dixie Kid proved to be a good, clever, two-handed man. At long range he was able to reach Jackson and successfully outfight him. In close work Jackson was the master. In the clinches he landed many good blows on the body over the kidneys.

It had been announced that the Dixie Kid was to be married a few hours after the set-to. Mr. Maurice J. Herford, secretary of the Eureka Club, later stated that the contemplated marriage ceremony could not be performed, as license clerks of the court were keeping holiday and could not be located.

The fight between the Dixie Kid and Jackson was one on which no one could lose money had they bet on a winner or a knockout.

In the course of the entire 15 rounds Jackson hit the Kid, and the Kid hit Jackson time and again on such points as looked as if the blows should result in a knockout. Both men, however, were strong at the finish and showed but little results from their endeavor.

It had been stated that Jackson since his return from a successful fighting tour in England, would show that he had changed his style and would box more openly. He proved this assertion in a few rounds, but then went back to his crouch and close-cover style.

The Kid was a shifty negro and was game. He proved that he could, with right or left, reach Jackson so long as Peter would stand up and fight. At infighting the Dixie Kid was not so good a punisher, but was nevertheless clever.

Not much was done in the first round. In the second Jackson sent the Kid through the ropes and hit him often about the face and body in the clinches. The blows of each lacked force. It then looked, as it did to the finish, as if one or the other would win on points, since each lacked force in hitting.

Clinches, mixes and ineffectual short arm work marked the remainder of the fight. In clinches Jackson got in the fast blows invariably. When the fifteenth round was ended and the decision of a draw was given by Referee James O'Hara there was no dissent, as both men were in shape to continue, and the Kid could have had no excuse because of any punishment inflicted by Jackson to postpone his contemplated marriage.

Dixie Kid's seconds were Dan Murray, Billy Reynolds and Edward Harvey. Jackson was cared for by Al Herford, Joe Gans, Kid Sullivan and Harry Lyons.

Before the preliminaries started, Manager Al Herford had his troubles. All the boxers, led by Kid Reason, went on a strike, wanting more money. Some joker said that Reason had enough reasons to bear out the fact that he was not misnamed. "Mistah Herford," he said, "dis here is Christmas and we wants more money. Times is hard, money tight and chickens is high, and if we don't get more money, there ain't nuthin' doin'." After a long argument the strikers decided that their "frenzied finance" argument did not go and gave in to the management.

Referee Sweigert called a draw the first bout of three rounds between Charles Borax and Young Mitchell. The decision met approval, though Mitchell had done the better fighting.

Young Buck Washington and Little Dick, both colored, gave three rounds of good fighting.

Kid O'Brien and James Langley went three rounds of hard slugging, both boys bleeding and being tired at the end, the referee giving a draw.

Matty Knox received the decision over James McGrath after three rounds.

Kid Brown and Young Monroe, both colored, made a fair showing, and Brown won the decision.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

1905-12-25 Sam Langford L-TKO8 Joe Jeannette [Unity Cycle and Athletic Club, Lawrence, MA, USA]

1905-12-26 The Boston Herald (Boston, MA) (page 9)
Cambridge Boxer's Seconds Throw up the Sponge When Joe Jeanette Beats Him Badly.

[Special Dispatch to the Boston Herald.]

LAWRENCE, Dec. 25, 1905. Joe Jeanette of New York made Sam Langford of Cambridge quit after eight rounds of fierce and fast fighting here tonight. Jeanette had the punch and the strength, and with fierce body blows wore down Langford. In the fifth round Langford looked like a winner. He beat the New Yorker until it looked as though the latter was going to take the count. The minute's rest did him a great deal of good, and Jeanette, although a badly worsted man, followed up the fighting, and at the finish the referee had a hard time to make Langford break. In the seventh Jeanette recovered his strength, and was willing to swop punches with the clever man from Cambridge. In the eighth he opened a gash on Langford's eye that sent the blood streaming down his face, and Langford appealed to the referee for an even break. Jeanette was not, however, to be denied, and he went after Langford in such hard fashion that he sent him groggy to his chair, and the latter nodded to his seconds to throw up the sponge, admitting he was outclassed.

1905-12-26 The Boston Journal (Boston, MA) (page 5)
Jeannette Made Sam Langford Quit In Seven
After the First Round It Was Clearly the New York Boxer's Battle--Bostonian Took Much Punishment.
Lawrence, Dec. 25.--The members of the Unity Cycle Club of this city today witnessed the waterloo of Sam Langford, the dusky welterweight from Boston, when he was forced to throw up the sponge in the seventh round before the wicked blows of Joe Jeannette of New York.

In the first round both boys started in to feel each other out and after a few hard exchanges, Langford looked as if he was up against it and seemed to lose all his courage. In the second round Jeannette shot out of his corner with fire in his eye and stung Langford with three successive rights and lefts to the jaw and one going to the left eye, which closed that optic, worrying Langford very much.

In the fourth round Langford shot up a wicked left uppercut, which made Jeannette wince and he started to hang on, but the men were quickly broken by the referee. In the seventh Jeannette tore in some terrific body punches that weakened Langford and following up with terrific rights and lefts had him hanging on when the round ended. When Langford went to his corner he was covered with blood and had both eyes closed and a big cut down the left side of his cheek. Blood was flowing in large streams and he was too weak to go on with the next round and his seconds threw up the sponge.

The preliminaries were hard fought. The first was won by Young Hamel, who defeated Young Sharkey in six rounds, both of this city. The second was stopped in the fourth, when Young Chisholme of Everett stopped Johnny Mahon of Cambridge.

The semi-final between Kid Sheehan of Manchester and Charles Dwyer ended in a draw after six rounds of clever fighting on the part of Sheehan.

1905-12-26 The Evening Times (Pawtucket, RI) (page 2)
LAWRENCE, Dec. 26.--Scarcely able to see, Sam Langford of Boston gave up after the eighth round in what was to have been a 12-round bout with Joe Jeanette of New York before the Unity Cycle and Athletic Club yesterday afternoon.

Langford showed evidence of the gameness which has placed him out of the class of men of his weight, but Jeannette was by no means lacking in that respect and he had the advantage of about 20 pounds in weight. This proved too great a handicap for the Boston lad, but he hung on tenaciously until his physical condition would no longer permit of his continuing.

Once he sent Jeannette to the floor for the count with a hard uppercut. Langford was clever in ducking and blocking and put it over Jeannette in infighting, but Joe was up and coming all the time and his blows were delivered with effect.

Jeannette's superiority began to manifest itself early in the fifth round. He landed twice on Langford's eye in the next round and a right hook on the jaw sent the latter to the ropes, Jeannette following with the right and left to the head.

Things were all Jeanette's way in the eighth, and after its close Langford's seconds threw up the sponge.

There were three preliminaries. Young Hamel got the decision over Young Sharkey of this city. Chisholm of Everett and Mahar of Cambridge had sparred three rounds when the latter said his hand had been injured and refused to continue. Sheehan of Manchester, N. H., and Dwyer of Cambridge went six rounds to a draw.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

1905-11-23 Abe Attell D-PTS15 Kid Sullivan [Eureka Athletic Club, Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, MD, USA]

1905-11-24 Baltimore American (Baltimore, MD) (page 12)
Men Had Agreed on Decision Barring a Knockout and Both Were Strong at the End of a Hard Fight--Washington Lad Carried the Battle to the Man From the Coast, but Was Not Able to Break in Enough to Stop Him--Huge Crowd at Eureka Club.
For 15 rounds Kid Sullivan backed Abe Attell over the stage at the meeting of the Eureka Athletic Club, Germania Maennerchor Hall, last night. At the end Referee James O'Hara called it a draw and the huge crowd that packed every cranny of the hall left well satisfied with the verdict. As a matter of fact, it would have been called a draw at the end of the bout in any event other than a knockout or disqualification, as the men had agreed for the decision to be rendered a draw if both should be on their feet at the end of the journey. This agreement was made on the insistence of Attell, who held out for it in his dressing-room before the battle, according to the statement of Al Herford.

As all students of the game believed, so the fight went. Sullivan was in superb condition and seemed anxious enough to win, but Attell had an antidote for his ambition in a cruel left jab, with which he led his campaign of stalling and defensive fighting. With this left jab persistent and insistent, Attell kept Sullivan at a respectful distance more than the friends of the man from Washington thought possible. With the straight left over guard and to nose and mouth, Attell taught caution to his antagonist and made him early forget his announced determination of finishing with a knockout the wily mitt artist from the California Coast.

1905-11-24 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 18)
'Frisco Lad Was Wise to Insist Upon a Draw If Both Were on Their Feet at the End.

(Special to The Evening World.)

BALTIMORE, Md., Nov. 24.--It was a good thing for Abe Attell that he insisted before entering the ring of the Eureka A. C. last night for his battle with "Kid" Sullivan, of Washington, that the contest should be declared a draw if both men were on their feet at the end of the fifteen rounds. Otherwise the decision would have been awarded to the Washington boy.

Sullivan outfought Attell in every round but the eighth. He did all of the fighting, while Attell seemed satisfied by his cleverness to try to keep out of harm's way. This he managed to do, but when Sullivan kept boring in abd began playing a tattoo on Abe's stomach and kidneys the Californian began to fly signals of distress.

He weakened toward the end of the battle, and Sullivan tried hard to get home a finishing blow, but by tin-canning and clever ducking Attell managed to evade Sullivan's hard swings.

Sullivan never let his opponent rest a minute; he rushed him in every round and Attell gave a great exhibition of clever footwork and ring generalship. Attell used his right hand very little, but kept jabbing away with his left to Sullivan's nose, and in the third round he brought the claret. His blows lacked steam, however, and the "Kid" seemed perfectly willing to take a punch in order to land one.

Sullivan surprised his most ardent admirers by his clever work, as in some of the rounds he actually outboxed his clever opponent. He was unable, however, to land effectively on Attell's jaw or face and contented himself with dealing out terrific blows to the body.

This punishment soon began to show effect and in the thirteenth round Attell began to slow up. In the fourteenth the "Kid" thought that he could turn the trick. He rushed Attell to the ropes, landed hard to the stomach and then crossed his right to the head. The blow staggered Attell and Sullivan kept boring in, but Attell recuperated quickly an saved himself by his good ring generalship.

The boys weighed in at 6 o'clock. Sullivan weighed 128½ pounds and Attell 122½. Both were in good condition. Attell had the advantage of height and reach. Attell was seconded by Tommy Daly, Dal Hawkins and Cy Goldie, while Al Herford, Sammy Harris, Herman Miller and "Skip" Warren looked after Sullivan. James O'Hara refereed.

In the preliminaries Benny Reilly, of the city, lost to "Young Spike Sullivan," of Sheepshead Bay, in the third round on a foul, and "Kid" Egan, of Washington, and Burt Lewis, of London, England, fought five fast rounds to a draw.

1905-11-24 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 8)
Clever Californian Holds Off Sullivan For 15 Rounds.
But Abe's Blows Lack Steam And Do Not Bother Washingtonian--Big Crowd Sees The Battle.

Germania M├Žnnerchor Hall was packed to its utmost last night. Members of the Eureka Athletic Club who failed to get there early could not find even standing room. The attraction was a 15 round set to between Kid Sullivan, of Washington, and Abe Attell, of San Francisco. In the language of ring followers it was a swell fight, ending a draw.

According to Manager Al Herford, Attell insisted before he went into the ring that the decision should be a draw providing both men were on their feet at the end of the fifteenth round. This made Referee Jim O'Hara's job an easy one so far as rendering a decision was concerned.

The battle was a hard fought one throughout. It was stated before it began that Sullivan had tipped the scales at 128 pounds and Attell at 122½ pounds at 6 P. M. The fight was a contest between a quick, scientific ring general and a sturdy, hard hitting man. Sullivan was of the latter class. He showed a decided improvement in his mark at close fighting, but he was up against a man who was so much faster and cleverer than himself, and at times it looked like a dray horse against a sprinter.

Attell The Ring General.

Though Sullivan was aware of the fact that he had to score a knockout, he was not at all times willing to go in when told to do so by Al Herford, who was advising him from his corner, and let several chances go by when he might have scored. There were times when Sullivan looked as though he would win decisively, but the excellent ring generalship and remarkably good foot work sided, when occasion demanded, by straight jabs by the Californian blocked such a result. Had the battle been to a decision, unlimited in number of rounds, the chances are that Sullivan would have won.

At the end of the fifteenth round it looked to be about 100 to 50 Sullivan to win had the battle been carried to a finish. So far as the landing of clean blows was concerned Attell landed at least 4 to 1, but, as to the effect of the blows one of Sullivan's equaled a dozen of Attell's. During the entire 15 rounds Sullivan did not land more than two good face blows. He reached the clever man's neck quite often and at close range did some good body punching. Attell, on the other hand, was able to jab Sullivan's face often, but the blows lacked force to hurt so sturdy a man as the Washingtonian. They bruised his face, but that was all.

Sullivan was seconded by Skip Warren, Sammy Harris and Herman Miller, with Al Herford as chief adviser. Attell had Si Goldie, Dal Hawkins and Tom Daly in his corner.

The Fight By Rounds.

The fight by rounds was as follows.

Round 1--Both men were cautious and would not put full force in a lead. It was a feeling-out round, with but little doing.

Round 2--Attell had confidence in his cleverness and took a few chances. He made Sullivan at times fan the air and look cheap, but Attell's jabs were not hurting the sturdy Washingtonian. Sullivan kept boring in trying, ineffectually, to land. On points only Attell had the better of the round.

Round 3--A nice mix ensued early in the round. Then Attell danced away. Sullivan finally reached him, landing a left and right to the face. Attell had to dance away and jab, with Sullivan following him. Sullivan was now showing to advantage and had the call in the betting. Attell's jabs did not appear to hurt any.

Round 4--Sullivan judged distance badly. Attell landed when he would lead, and Sullivan's face showed bruises. Attell was by far the cleverer, but his blows lacked steam.

Round 5--Sullivan was still carrying the fight to Attell, but the latter's cleverness in back and side stepping caused Sullivan to lose confidence in leading, so many of his blows having fallen short. So far the battle was an even one.

Sullivan Gets In Closer.

Round 6--Sullivan got in closer and did good, effective short arm work. Most of Sullivan's blows, however, were high on the chest, and both were fighting as strong in this round as at the beginning of the battle. It was a pretty round, with honors as they had been previously--nearly even.

Round 7--Sullivan was leading, but failed to land until Attell tried an ineffectual right swing for the head, when the Kid countered on the body. It was what some folks call a swell fight, and the crowd yelled first for one and then for the other combatant. Each gave and received blows, but neither was able to land effectually. Sullivan showed a decided improvement as the battle progressed.

Round 8--Sullivan got Attell in a corner, but the latter dexterously worked his way out without being hurt. In this round Attell by his cleverness made Sullivan look like a novice, though he was not able to hurt the Washingtonian to any appreciable extent.

Round 9--On points Attell was still in the lead, but it looked to those who follow the game closely as though the betting on the final result would find the Kid a ruling favorite. Sullivan landed hard on the body and face in the latter part of the round, and the battle looked to be going his way. This was his first advantage.

Has Attell Guessing.

Round 10--Sullivan began to work hard and do it with more confidence. He had Attell guessing. Attell's jabs landed on the Kid's face, but he did not appear to care. Attell landed a hard left to the jaw at the gong. The round was one in which there was much sparring and but little hurt done.

Round 11--Now the crowd began to look for the battle to go the limit. Sullivan landed on Abe's jaw, and the latter looked over to the Kid's seconds and laughed. Then Sullivan landed a body blow which took the smile off. Both landed several good hard blows. Honors were even.

Round 12--Sullivan landed a hard left to the neck. Attell's jabs were cutting Sullivan's face open. At the gong Sullivan reached Attell's jaw hard.

Round 13--A mix ensued early and Sullivan landed repeatedly on Abe's body. The Kid reached the jaw with a left and in a mix punished Attell's body. When they got apart Sullivan landed twice on Attell's jaw and the crowd yelled.

Round 14--Attell landed on the body, Sullivan on the ribs, and Attell slipped down. The crowd yelled to Sullivan to go in and finish his man. Attell, though not so fast, was still fighting. Sullivan had a big shade the better of the round.

Round 15--Sullivan was confident and anxious. He had to score a knockout to get a decision and was trying to do it. The Kid was able to reach his weakened opponent's face. Attell was anxious for the gong, as he was weary. When the gong struck and ended hostilities both men were in fighting trim, though Sullivan was much the stronger of the two.

Result Of The Preliminaries.

The preliminary fights resulted as follows.

Kid Tutts stopped Kid Lucas in the second round.

Larry Temple, colored, stopped Buck Washington, colored, in the second round.

Young Spike Sullivan and Benny Riley were booked for four rounds. Sullivan had the better of the first round, but in the second and third Riley was winning. In the third round Sullivan slipped down and Riley hit him after he landed on his hands and knees and Referee Fred Sweigert disqualified Riley, giving the decision to Sullivan.

Young Jackson, colored, and Edward Howard, colored, were booked for four rounds. Jackson was the cleverer and put his man out in the third round. Up to the time Howard was sent down he had made a game fight.

The semi windup was between Kid Egan, of Washington, and Bert Lewis, of England. It was set for four rounds, but Referee Sweigert ordered an extra round. The battle was a hard one, resulting in a draw.

1905-11-24 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 5)
Featherweight Champion Has All He Can Do to Hold His Own.

Baltimore, Nov. 23.--In one of the fastest and most interesting contests seen in this city in many a day, Featherweight Champion Abe Attell fought a fifteen-round draw with Kid Sullivan of Washington before the Eureka A. C., this city, to-night. The mill was full of action from the opening round to the end, and free from clinching or wrestling.

Sullivan, who has met both Battling Nelson and Jimmy Britt made a grand showing, and there were many in the large crowd who thought that he was entitled to the honors. In this combat Attell's wonderful cleverness came to his aid a number of times. He managed to keep Sullivan in check only by excellent footwork and jabbing. Sullivan was the stronger and the better puncher.

There was scarcely elbow room when the principals in the main contest entered the ring. As early as 9 o'clock the crush was so great that the doors had to be locked and hundreds of persons were turned away. The agreement was 133 pounds at 6 o'clock, but both scrappers were well under this scale. Attell announced his weight as 122½ pounds, while Sullivan confessed to 128½ pounds.

Attell started by rushing. He reached Sullivan with the left and right and hooked the Kid on the jaw. Sullivan got to Attell's body at the bell. In the second Sullivan attacked Attell's wind and kidneys with rights and lefts. Attell landed a few light jabs, but had to execute a lot of clever footwork to escape Sullivan's wicked rushes.

Sullivan chased Attell all over the ring in the third, landing on the body and jaw. Attell was staggered with a short right hook on the jaw. Attell jabbed twice, but was beaten down against the ropes with right and left to the stomach. Attell tantalized Sullivan with left jabs in the fourth, but the Kid landed effective punches on the body.

Sullivan forced things in the fifth, swinging both hands. He would not connect, through Attell being too speedy. Sullivan lifted Attell completely off his feet with a right uppercut and Attell went to his corner pretty tired. Sullivan did a lot of rushing in the sixth, catching Attell twice, hard blows, on the mouth. Attell scored only with light jabs.

Attell's straight lefts, which he shot out frequently in the seventh, had no terrors for Sullivan. The latter kept boring in all the time, landing on the kidneys and body. Attell tried his hand at body work in the eighth. He put the left twice into the wind, causing Sullivan to clinch. Attell was very scientific and Sullivan could not locate him.

Sullivan cut out the pace in the ninth. He rushed Attell to a corner and sent home straight rights and hooks. Toward the close Attell was the aggressor and both men finished the round fresh and strong. Sullivan forced matters in the tenth, but Attell found him with straight ones on the nose and mouth. Attell kept meeting all of Sullivan's leads with straight smashes and made Sullivan wince at the gong with a hard right on the chin.

The fighting was fast and vicious in the eleventh. Attell countered freely, and for the first time during the scrap they mixed it up. Attell had the better of the mixing and wound up the round with four successful jabs on the Kid's nose. Attell sent Sullivan's head back in the twelfth with a left jab and pounded Sullivan's wind. Sullivan missed two rights for the jaw, and the crowd laughed at his inability to land on Attell.

They roughed it in the thirteenth. Sullivan reached Attell's wind and landed a hard right on the nose. Attell tried some fancy footwork, but Sullivan stopped him with rights and lefts to the stomach. Attell then retaliated with jabs and hooks and counters on the jaw. In the fourteenth Sullivan did a lot of forcing. He put a left on the jaw, and in attempting to get away from a right, Attell stumbled. Attell arose quickly and evened scores by jabbing and hooking Sullivan on the face and nose.

Attell began the final round with a hard left to the nose. The pair then exchanged lefts and rights, Attell avoiding a number of well-aimed blows. Sullivan scored on the jaw and kidneys, but Attell stopped him with a hard left to the wind. They were mixing it up at the bell, Attell getting home with the left on the face.

1905-11-24 The Washington Times (Washington, DC) (page 13)
Kid Earned Draw by His Aggressiveness.
Got Out of Way of Right Swings by Hair's Breadth--Left Jab Worried Washingtonian.
Kid Sullivan got a draw in fifteen rounds with Abe Attell before the Eureka Club in Baltimore last night, and it was a good decision.

Seldom has a better fight been seen in this neck of the wood. There was something doing every little minute, and there were constant happenings to make the spectators crane their necks. The crowd, by the way, filled the hall to overflowing, and there was not an inch of space unsold.

Attell stipulated before the fight, according to Al Herford, that it should be a draw if both were on their feet when the end came, but Herford made no mention of this until the fight was about half over. Why such a wonderfully clever man as Attell should have made that stipulation for a bout with a man like Sullivan was not apparent, for it was thought he could outpoint his opponent all the way through.

Draw Well Earned.

As a matter of fact, Attell did outpoint Sullivan, but taking the fight as a fight, and not as a side issue to a pink tea, the Washington boy well earned a draw. Attell has a peculiarly effective left jab. It goes to the face so swiftly that it is almost impossible to block it. The incessant stabs in the face from this left would worry a wooden Indian and fill Attell's rivals with a sort of nervous caution while in the ring. They may know the jab is not particularly dangerous, but it is annoying, and makes the other fellow apprehensive whenever he starts to do something on his own account.

The effect of the jab showed plainly on Sullivan last night. He is a hardy, nervy fighter, always willing to take punishment to inflict it in return, but he was tapped on the face so often and persistently that he was plainly puzzled, and didn't know exactly how to proceed. It was comparatively seldom Sullivan could stop the blow, although on several occasions he met Attell at his own game and gave left punches in return. The trouble with these punches was that they landed in most instances upon the upper part of the chest, where they had little effect, or on the neck, when Attell was going away. Only once did Kid get his man coming in.

Wonderful Dodging.

Sullivan knew he was going to be outboxed, for he was against the shiftiest man now before the public, while he himself is not particularly fast or clever. Therefore, he carried the fight to Attell and was constantly trying for a knockout. The Kid swung right after right at Abe's head which the foxy Frisco boy dodged by a hair's breadth. So often did Kid hit at the place where Abe's jaw should have been only to find it filled with superheated tobacco smoke, that he was kept up in the air about half the time and knew not what to do. How Attell escaped some of these blows is still a mystery, but it was done by some sort of an almost imperceptible movement which calculated exactly how far Sullivan's swing would travel.

Attell's footwork was the feature next to his dodging of swings. Sullivan tried time after time to get him in a corner, but he was elusive as a ball of mercury, and skipped nimbly out of danger in most cases, but there were times when Sullivan landed rights and lefts in a corner and took the smile off Abe's face. Not only would Attell escape, but he would wheel around and be right back with that left jab before Sullivan could set himself, and the bleeding nose of the Washington boy would receive more massage.

Kid Finished Strong.

In the last three or four rounds Sullivan went for the body more and obtained good results. His heavy thumps made Attell wary, and if the Kid had not been so anxious for a knockout early in the game, he might have done some execution with kidney wallops. Attell never tried for the wind at all, and practically used his right for no purpose except defense.

The ninth and eleventh rounds were decidedly Sullivan's, while his aggressiveness and body blows in the last four sessions atoned for Attell's stabs, so that the final result was about even.

In the semi-windup Kid Egan, of Washington, met Burt Lewis, who, Herford announced, was an Englishman. Lewis was stiff-armed and had little punch, but he was better than expected and gave Egan a hard row to travel. The Washingtonian relied too much on a straight left punch which was not marked by any particular science of delivery, and while the Englishman got it in the neck at times, the draw decision was just.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

1916-11-06 Pete Herman W-PTS20 Johnny Eggers [Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, LA, USA]

1916-11-07 The Daily States (New Orleans, LA) (page 11)
New York Bantam, Strictly Left Hand Boxer, Makes Game Showing, But Is Outclassed In Scrap At Louisiana Auditorium.


Pete Herman qualified for the semi-final round of the bantam elimination tournament to be staged at the Louisiana Auditorium Monday night. He defeated Knockout Eggers of New York in 20 rounds. Herman's victory was decisive, Eggers admitting defeat as Referee Burke awarded the mill to his opponent.

Herman outclassed Eggers and was rarely ever in trouble. Except for a brief period which extended from the ninth to the fourteenth round, when Pete rested or loafed, the result hardly ever in doubt. Herman piled up a big lead on Eggers, but missed a number of opportunities to put the "kayo" wallop over.

From the outset it was evident Eggers lacked not only speed and science, but class to cope with the local Italian. Pete repeatedly bounced blows off Eggers' head and face during the early part of the mill and ringsiders predicted a knockout by the tenth round. Eggers' stamina, however, or it may be that Herman lacked the punch, allowed the scrap to go the limit.

Eggers Strictly One-Hand Fighter.

Except for a slashing left-hand punch to the body--almost the same type of wallop that Frankie Burns employed on Pete in a scrap at the West Side A. C., the New Yorker had nothing to offer in the Queensberry line but his ability to take a lacing. He got it. Of that there wasn't the slightest doubt.

Herman's showing was ragged in spots. At times he fought as though he requires more ring work. His idea of resting or loafing was freely commented on. Pete seldom slows down during a scrap, and for a little while Eggers not only carried the fight to him, but really disposed of his man in A-1 shape.

If Eggers could use his right hand to the same advantage as his left, chances are Kid Williams' crowd would be regarded in danger. He is strictly a one-hand fighter, however. But, even so, his body punches were sufficiently heavy enough to force Herman to turn color at times and continually draw his body away from every clinch.

Herman outgenerals Eggers In Early Rounds.

Herman outgeneraled Eggers. Pete repeatedly put the Easterner on the ropes where he shot heavy right crosses, hooks and swings to the jaw. The starboard blows bothered Eggers more than any other wallop Herman showed.

The fourth and sixth rounds were perhaps the best of the fight. Herman showed to better advantage in these periods than in the others. A series of rights and lefts to the jaw in the fourth ripened Eggers for a ten-second count, the New Yorker having no defense whatever. In the sixth Eggers' nose was badly swollen and his eye nearly closed. Herman fought his opponent all over the ring, retreating at times to draw Eggers into a trap, where probably the hardest blows of the scrap were struck.

Herman apparently tried to finish the scrap in the seventh, but Pete lacked the punching power. His arms seemed to become unusually heavy, and by the time the ninth was reached he started slowing down. For a little while Eggers took the offensive and Herman began sprinting. Pete covered a lot of ground. His fighting surprised the spectators. Herman had seldom shown an inclination to duck the issue, but there was no denying that he tore off considerable of the Don Scott stuff.

Pete started fighting again towards the end of the twelfth round. He ceased sprinting and abandoned the shell-like defense, also the Frankie Russell gag, fighting the last 30 seconds of each round. From the fourteenth to the twentieth Herman finished with a rush, and clinched the decision.

The contest was tame in a number of respects. Had Herman been at his best, or cut loose the speed he has shown against Kid Williams, Frankie Burns and other boys, chances are the bout would not have gone the limit.

The semi-final was rather tame, Kid Kelly beating Kid Cattano with ease. Cattano had height and reach on Kelly, but simply didn't know how to fight. The preliminary was won by Benny Loup from Young Jack Britton.

1916-11-07 The New Orleans Item (New Orleans, LA) (page 11)
(By Will Hamilton)

Pete Herman must have trained for "Knockout" Eggers in a shooting gallery.

His marksmanship Monday night was marvelous. His average shaved the 1000 mark.

It was so good that Eggers quit trying to cover up. When he covered his face, Pete found his target in the mid-section; when Eggers tried to protect his body, Pete kept his head bobbing up and down and back and forth from well-timed punches. If the tip end of Eggers' nose protruded from the barricade, Pete hit it, or if an inch of the forehead was exposed Pete scored with the same remarkable accuracy.

There was nowhere above the belt that Pete didn't hit "Knockout" Eggers, and in the twenty rounds he barely missed once.

But He Can't Stop Eggers

This is not to say that Eggers wasn't there with a fight. He was. He kept right along with Herman most of the way, but from gong to gong in about 13 rounds out of the 20 he was running a bad second.

From the second round to the ninth Eggers made Herman fight his best to keep a good lead. For that space it was a rattling good go--just the kind of a bout everybody looked for. But no pair of battlers, not even well-conditioned bantams, often keep up such a pace for 20 rounds. So the bout slowed up. Herman let Eggers carry it from the ninth to the fifteenth and then he came again. Having a big lead he didn't take any unnecessary chances toward the last, was wary at all times of the K. O. boy's chloroform left, and kept himself just busy enough to see that Eggers, who is a strong finisher, didn't get so gay toward the last as to get a draw with him. He had seen early in the fight that there was no chance to stop the New Yorker. He hit him until he got arm-weary with little effect. Eggers sometimes dropped his guard and let Pete shoot as he pleased, which was shooting some, for the time has passed when this Petro boy had no wallop.

Petro, the Invincible

We would like to see the bantam who could have beaten Petro last night. It simply could not have been done, we think, even though a Frankie Burns or a Kid Williams had been his opponent.

Pete seemed stronger and a better fighter in the first eight rounds than he ever was in his life. His timing and measuring of blows was a revelation and his blocking as pretty a piece of defensive work as you would want to see. He hit with both hands and used an uppercut so effectively that twice in the third round he made Eggers grab for support. In the fourth Pete stalled a little while, evidently to see what Eggers had in stock. And Eggers showed something, too--a left hand that cut the air with a swish, and landed with the force of a mule-kick. But it's a semi-swing, and many times Pete was prepared for it. This was in contrast to his own hitting, which was always straight and quick.

Eggers' Smile Comes Off

For the first four rounds Eggers wore a broad smile, confident-like. Pete looked mean, and he didn't like that smile. So in the fifth and sixth he set in to knock it off. And he did.

His hitting in the sixth round was something to look at. As the saying goes, he hit his opponent with everything but the water-bucket. A round or two he kept this up, and then contented himself with a shade lead until the ninth, when Eggers began to show more stuff. Pete didn't seem to mind it, though, and let Eggers whale away until the twelfth round, when he caught a couple of those lefts in the side and that woke him up. The mixing in the thirteenth and fourteenth was good again, and it was hard to tell who had the better of it. Then Pete came again, and set the pace all the way to the finish.

"Champion in 1917"

There being little or no chance to get Johnny Ertle down here, Herman will now be matched with Frankie Burns or Champion Williams. Pete prefers to take on Williams without having to go up against Burns, but he is determined that he will not dodge Frankie, who will be on the scene in a little while.

"Champion in 1917" is Herman's slogan now, and if he watches his step and doesn't stump his toe any more the ambition should be realized. It should be realized just as soon as he can get Kid Williams into a ring. Pete gave this young champion the fight of his life last February and finished with a leg on the title. He should be even better the next time they meet.

O, Yes, Dick Is There

The Monday mills at the Auditorium were all pretty good and witnessed by a couple of thousand fans.

The Kelly-Catano bout was not a bad one by any means. "Old Man" Kelly, as his seconds called him, was there with a big T. and won because Catano didn't know how to employ his natural advantages and keep him off with his long range. It was a lively ten-rounder. Denny Loup beat Young Jack Britton in the curtain-raiser of four rounds.

Buddy Griffin refereed the prelims, and of course Dick Burke held forth in the main go, just as Herman said he would. Nor could Eggers possibly register a complaint against Dick's work. The big arbiter kept hands off and let the boys fight it out as they pleased--which is usually the best way when two such willing and energetic workers as Herman and Eggers are in the ring.

1916-11-07 The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA) (page 9)
Pete Herman's speed and cleverness mastered "Knockout" Eggers' smashing left hand in most of the rounds of their twenty-round fight at the Louisiana Auditorium Monday night and Referee Dick Burke justly awarded Herman the decision.

Eggers, depending solely on his "sleep-producing" wallop, at no time attempted to keep on even terms with Herman in the matter of points. With bulldog tenacity he stuck to his self-appointed task of knocking Herman out, and kept his wicked left smashing at Herman during every minute of that long, hard, twenty-round battle. But his efforts were in vain.

Herman earned clear advantages in fourteen of the twenty rounds. Four were even and two--the second and fourteenth--were credited to Eggers.

After giving Eggers an even break in the first, and taking things so easy in the second that Eggers won the round, Herman opened up in the third, and from then on until the finish the result never was in doubt--throwing out the possibility of a knockout.

Packing a wallop many lightweights would like to own, Eggers was dangerous during every second of the fight, and Herman knew it. The clever local bantamweight fought carefully until he had solved Eggers' head-feinting offense, and until he had learned to block the terrific left. He then had the situation well in hand and was never headed.

At times Eggers, realizing Herman outclassed him in boxing, allowed his opponent to rain blows to his head and body. On many occasions Herman backed his stronger antagonist on the ropes and showered a fusillade of punches which bewildered Eggers. Eggers stood up well enough under a straight left jab, but when Herman changed the pace and came in with a varied attack, the visiting bantamweight could do nothing but grin and take them.


Though a winner, Herman was compelled to assimilate some of the hardest punches he has run into since meeting Kid Williams. At least a dozen times during the fight Eggers rocked him with a terrific left hook to the jaw, and every time Eggers got his left hook through Herman's elbows, the local battler was shaken from head to foot.

But none of the punches dazed Herman, and though the body blows undoubtedly stung, he weathered the gale, and the nineteenth and twentieth rounds found him fighting faster and harder than Eggers, despite the fact that Eggers appeared the fresher of the two.

Eggers' right eye was cut in the seventh round, but his handlers drew it up neatly, and it gave him no trouble. Herman's mouth and nose began bleeding after the tenth round, and at the finish his face showed considerable wear and tear, while his body bore evidence of the heavy blows which Eggers kept driving in.

While Eggers' punches were much harder than Herman's, a tab on the blows which landed cleanly showed the New Orleans boxer landed about four to one during the whole fight. This gave him unquestioned right to the decision.

Herman took his second wind in the fourteenth round, and his loafing in this session allowed Eggers to win the honors. But in the fifteenth Herman opened up harder than ever, and showed that he had not weakened by giving Eggers the worst lacing of any preceding round.

Ability to take Herman's punches without suffering much damage kept Eggers in the running throughout, and his ever-threatening left hand made the fight an interesting one in every round.


In the last two rounds it was "do or die" with Eggers, but he found it hard to penetrate Herman's clever defense of arms and gloves, and was made the target of Herman's lightning-like left hooks, jabs and right uppercuts and swings.

The semi-final was a corking good bout from start to finish. Kid Kelly, though completely outclassed in the first half, came so strong in the last five rounds of the ten-round tilt that he was awarded the decision over Nich Catana. Nicholas operated a nice left jab, but he was on the short end of matters when the going got rough, and it was Kelly's toe-to-toe work which decided the fight.

Bennie Loup boxed rings around Young Jack Britton in the four-round opener. In private life Britton is a messenger boy, and he fights like one. Most of his blows are telegraphed. He sent several hundred messages of this sort to his opponent, but Ben was not on hand when they arrived. Young Jack is of no relation to the original Jack Britton. Young Jack's real name sounds something like "spaghetti."

Joe Thomas and Joe Rivers were introduced from the ringside. They meet in a twenty-round bout next Tuesday night.

Buddy Griffin was the referee of the preliminaries.