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Friday, March 11, 2011

1912-03-11 Monte Attell ND10 Patsy Brannigan [Lawrence laundry building, New Castle, PA, USA]

1912-03-12 New Castle News (New Castle, PA) (page 11)
Brannigan Gains Popular Decision Over Monte Attell in 10 Hard Rounds
Scientific Exhibition of Bantams Before New Castle Club Last Night Proves Greatest Ever Witnessed in New Castle--Patsy Carries the Fight to His Opponent All the Way and Lands Two Blows to Opponent's One.
Patsy Brannigan, Jimmy Dime's lightning-fast bantamweight boxer, earned the right to meet Champion Johnny Coulon last night, when he earned a popular decision over Monte Attell, the clever Pittsburg boxer, in their 10 round headliner before two thousand fight fans.

The sorrel-topped midget of the New Castle camp fought like a demon and while his opponent showed to advantage in the rare skill that has won scores of fights for him, there was little question but what, had a decision been given, that Patsy would have been awarded it.

Up until the sixth round, Brannigan did all the leading and Attell was content to remain on the defense. The first five rounds were Brannigan's. The sixth and seventh were about even. The eighth was Attell's--the only round that he showed any superiority over the New Castle fighter. The two last rounds were about even.

Brannigan hit Attell two to one throughout the mill. Attell's coolness and the capable manner in which he met the tiger-like rushes of his opponent, caused genuine admiration.

There were no knock-downs and the fight, from point of skill and scientific boxing, was the greatest that has ever been pulled off in New Castle. Both boys were on their toes all the time. Brannigan was the aggressor practically all through the fight and carried the milling right up to his opponent's face all the way.

Attell split Brannigan's upper lip in the early part of the fray and blood issuing from the wound caused the local boy considerable trouble. Attell's left eye was badly bunged up and the left side of his face was swollen from Brannigan's continued assault. Neither seemed tired when the final bell clanged and could have gone 10 more rounds with ease.

Shade for Patsy.

Attell jabbed Brannigan repeatedly and centered his efforts in an attempt to cut his opponent's lip to pieces. While Brannigan forced the fighting, Attell was always there to meet him and after Patsy would rush in and slam home a hard right or a vicious left, Attell would always retaliate with a short arm jab to the face.

In the tenth round, Patsy slipped and went to his knee following a rough bit of boxing. Attell stepped to one side and raised both hands high in the air--a signal that he would not attempt any unclean methods in his work. He waited until Patsy arose and got into position before he even took his hands down. This won Attell many admirers and he was applauded long and loud.

Summing the affair as a whole, it appeared that Brannigan's aggressive work, the fact that he got in at least twice as many punches as Attell, that his work was clean and fast, clearly offset the Pittsburger's great display of cleverness. Many experts who were at the ringside thought the bout was a good draw; very few credited Attell with having a shade.

Jones-Tyler Go.

The first bout of the evening was a six-round affair between Tommie Jones of New Castle and Kid Tyler of Pittsburg. Jones is the local boy whose work has attracted great attention. This was his eighth fight. Kid Tyler is the old Pittsburg boy who has been boxing for at least 20 years.

It was a slam-bang affair from the start to the finish. Jones had all the best of it. Tyler's ring experience and cleverness saved him, for Jones rushed the fighting in every round and had Tyler groggy twice. The local boy fought well, shows he has a good punch, but needs more experience.

The only knock-down occurred in the last round when Jones landed one over on Tyler's jaw. The Pittsburger went to the floor but did not take the count. Had he been less clever, he would certainly have lost out for Jones got rid of some awful swings, that, had they landed, would have meant a round trip to dreamland. Tyler got in several good punches and towards the end of the mill played for Jones' stomach, much to the dissatisfaction of said Jones.

Burns a Quitter.

In the semi-final, Martin Burns could not see his way clear to continue his bout with Hank Griffin, the ebony-hued critter handled by Dime, and was knocked out in the second. It was a very punk knockout, for Burns actually quit. The Milwaukee white "hope" went at it in the first round as if he meant to fight and handed Griffin several that rocked his head gently but Hank slid two or three over before the round had ended. Burns went to the floor twice. The second time he did not have sense enough to take the count and when he leaped to his feet, Griffin was on his like an avalanche. He battered the unfortunate Mister Burns to a groggy state and when he stumbled to his corner then, the "hope" figured it out that he would be a dead one if he continued.

Griffin stalled around in the second round and made Burns believe that he was tired. He learned against the ropes and tried to lend the impression that he was groggy. It worked and Burns went in like a whirlwind. One blow in the snout took the fight out of him and when Griffin stung him one in the mouth, he dropped to the floor like a big log. After Referee McMahon had counted "10" he bounced to his feet like a rubber ball and Griffin ambled out of the ring.

The crowd was the largest that has attended a boxing bout in this city in years. The Lawrence laundry building was packed to the doors. Big delegations were here from Pittsburg, Sharon and Youngstown. Ellwood City was also represented by a big crowd.

Tom McMahon refereed all the bouts and gave satisfaction. Tony Ross was slated to referee the main go, but David Gorback, Attell's manager, decided Tony was too big and that he would take up too much space in the ring.

Only one boxer was introduced, Henry Myers of Sharon. He is a white hope and is open to meet all heavyweights in this section.

1912-03-12 Youngstown Vindicator (Youngstown, OH) (page 20)
Large Crowd Sees Classy Bantams Fuss at New Castle Last Night.
Hank Griffin Puts Slumber Tap on Martin Burns--Jones Outpoints Kid Tyler.

(Staff Special.)

New Castle, March 11.--Jimmy Dime staged a boxing show in New Castle, Monday night that was a credit to the backward town and to the fistic profession as well. It was the best fistiana program witnessed here in many a day and the largest crowd that has collected since the place was proclaimed dry was there.

Two Good Lads.

Slashing Patsy Brannigan and "Iceburg" Monte Attell were the principals in the main bout and they are two of the best boys in the bantam division today. They went at it in a scientific manner in the first round, mapped out a furious pace, and kept it up throughout the entire 10 sessions.

In justice to both boys, the bout must be called a draw. It was nothing else and no fair minded referee could have given any other decision. Patsy slashed and banged and Monte jabbed and jabbed. What a jabbing machine that little brother of the famous Abe is! He put his left in the Irishman's face three dozen times and this bothered Patsy more than all of the other combined efforts of the sleek midget Hebrew.

Had the bout been staged in New York, some of those high priced dopesters would probably have summed it up something like this:

First round, even; second, Attell; third, Brannigan; fourth Brannigan; ninth, Attell; tenth, Attell. This would give four rounds to each boy, two of the 10 being a toss up.

Patsy Shines.

Each battler got in one good round. The fifth was where the "sorrel-top" shone. He planted a stinging left to the face and followed it with a solid right to the wind, without a return. Nor was this all, for Patsy ended the round with another right and left to the face without waiting for his chance.

The ninth was the Hebrew's best. His merciful jabbing seemed to have Patsy considerably worried in this round and the sight of a little claret seemed to possess Attell with renewed fury for he handled Patsy pretty roughly and got in one effective punch, a good right to the face.

The boys fought hard in the tenth and the bell found them both willing and going like champions. Patsy fights just as hard when he is a little tired as when fresh and this is what makes him such a popular Irishman with the bunch. He was the more tired of the two but he had set a furious pace and had it been a bout of 15 or 20 rounds perhaps the son of Erin would have mapped out a different course.

Could Not Stop Attell.

Attell was just like a well oiled machine throughout the bout. With an exactness that was exasperating to Brannigan he kept coming all the time and although many a good blow interrupted him, Patsy was never able to stop him from coming on. Time after time, when Patsy would swing at him, the gun-like left of the little Jew would be planted on Patsy's face.

The sime wind-up was another triumph for the black skinned man, Hank Griffin, of Utica. His opponent was a Martin Burns, of Milwaukee, a heralded "white-soap." Burns is a big fellow and would take a good picture and he knows a little too, but it is so little that he had no business facing a veteran like Griffin who possesses a punch that would make a Panama mule jealous. Grif got in one of these piston drives to Burns' jaw in the first round and Burns went down. He got up again and lasted out the round, only to run into the same kind of an unfortunate slam in the second round that kept him down. Burns was made to order for Griffin; because he had no guard.

Jones Had a Picnic.

Tommy Jones, a strong and rugged youth of New Castle, had a picnic with the ancient Kid Tyler, of Pittsburg in the first bout. Tyler is a cute old fox and brought enough ring tricks into play to enable him to stay the six rounds. Tyler has fought probably as many battles as the scarred Fitzsimmons and it is pretty nearly time for some pal to advise Tyler to look for a job. Young Jones looked pretty good but he was wild and over-anxious and then too, he showed that he possessed a big heart.

A large crowd of Youngstown fans saw the bouts, probably the largest delegation that has been from the metropolis for several years. Tom McMahon, who meets Tim O'Neil in a Youngstown ring next Friday night, refereed all the bouts. Tony Ross was to have worked in the main go but Attell's manager thought Tony too big to be going between little men. He said he wanted to catch a glimpse of his boy every once in a while.

1912-03-12 Cleveland Plain Dealer (Cleveland, OH) (page 10)
Monte Attell and Brannigan Give Clever Exhibition.


NEWCASTLE, Pa., March 11.--Monte Attell of Pittsburg and Patsy Brannigan went ten rounds to a draw tonight before 1,200 spectators at the Newcastle Athletic club. Both men were aggressive throughout and it was a give and take affair at all times.

Attell drew blood from Brannigan's nose in the eighth, but that was the only apparent damage either showed, both assimilating lots of punishment.

The only knock-out occurred when Hank Griffin of Utica, N. Y., a colored heavyweight, put Martin Burns of Milwaukee out in the second of what was scheduled to be an eight-round go.

Tommy Jones, a local boy, and Kid Tyler of Pittsburg went six rounds as a preliminary.

Tom McMahon refereed.

1912-03-12 The Evening Times (Pawtucket, RI) (page 2)
Monte Attell Wins Bout.

NEWCASTLE, Penn., March 12.--Monte Attell and Patsey Brannigan see-sawed through seven sessions of their 10-round bout here last night, without either able to gain an advantage. After that session Attell bored in and smashed his way to victory.

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