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Monday, March 28, 2011

1916-03-28 Jack Dillon ND10 Battling Levinsky [Broadway Sporting Club, Brooklyn, NY, USA]

1916-03-29 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 14)
Jack Dillon Again Shows Levinsky How to Fight
Thrashes Hebrew Boxer in Hair-Raising Return Match at Broadway Sporting Club.


Jack Dillon and Battling Levinsky appeared at the Broadway Sporting Club last night in a complete change of repertory. It was Dillon's decision again, but Levinsky put up one of the gamest exhibitions seen in these parts for many a day.

In the sixth round Dillon battered Levinsky's nose and brought blood. In the seventh the Bear-Cat dropped Dan Morgan's meal ticket to his knees with a choppy right hook to the jaw. The courageous Hebrew boy was up in an instant, fighting back like a young fury.

More than once Levinsky was dazed by a choppy left hook, but he never stopped fighting for an instant. This was Levinsky's tenth fight since the 28th of last month, and he appeared a bit stale. Dumb Dan Morgan, his impresario, explained that Levinsky had hurt his right hand in the last fight with Savage.

To even up matters, Dillon seemed to make little use of his own justly celebrated right. He contented himself with battering Levinsky's head with the left.

The harder Dillon stung him the harder Levinsky fought back. Despite the injured hand, Levinsky started out to make a cyclonic finish. He was jabbing Dillon all over the ring, when the Giant Killer shot over another choppy right cross and Levinsky reeled.

The first few rounds were slow, and the crowd began to suspect a repetition of the "brother act," but Dillon cut loose in the fifth in a very unbrotherly fashion. Only a tough and courageous boy could have stuck up under that beating. Both men gave and took punches that would have upset a dozen Tom Cowlers.

It was no rehearsal act last night. If it had been Belasco would have been outdone.

Levinsky will rest his hand for a few hours, and probably arrange for another fight somewhere to-morrow. Dan Morgan believes that a fighter should keep busy to save training expenses. Needless to say, Daniel is a manager, not a fighter.

In the semi-final, Larry Williams, Levinsky's sparring partner, stopped Johnny Saxon, Weinert's sparring partner, in the second round. This may be held a technical decision over Weinert in favor of Levinsky.

In the first preliminary Young Murtha outpointed Willie Gardner in four rounds. Murtha did most of his work with a left to the body. In the second Young Fried, a nephew of the wild man of Borneo, fought a whirlwind draw with Frankie Bell. In the third bout Soldier Zepstein, U. S. A., won by a shade over Johnny Herman, of Ridgewood.

1916-03-29 The Daily States (New Orleans, LA) (page 13)
NEW YORK, March 29.--Taking the offense in the sixth round, Battling Levinsky carried the fight to Jack Dillon in the remaining frames of their ten-round bout at the Broadway Athletic Club and succeeded in outpointing the Indianapolis fighter. He scored repeatedly with left hand jabs to the head, landing occasionally to the body.

Dillon did most of the fighting in the early rounds, but at no time was either in danger of a knockout. Levinsky weighed 177½ and Dillon 169½.

1916-03-29 The Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, IN) (page 8)

(International News Leased Wire.)

New York, March 29.--Jack Dillon, the Indianapolis heavyweight, outboxed Battling Levinsky of New York in ten rounds.

Larry Williams, a Philadelphia heavyweight, knocked out Johnny Saxon of Newark, N. J., in the second round.

Soldier Zepstein shaded Johnny Herman in ten rounds.

1916-03-29 The Evening Telegram (New York, NY) (page 10)
"Jack" Dillon, the short but mighty boxer from Indianapolis, defeated "Battling" Levinsky, of Philadelphia, in ten rounds at the Broadway Sporting Club, in Brooklyn, last night. Levinsky fought his usual elusive fight, bringing into play his well established methods of defence, wherein his long left arm and speed carries him through against men of more rugged physique.

In the fourth round the Hoosier unbuckled one of his well known swings, which landed rather high on Levinsky's jaw. The latter swayed for a moment, and before Dillon could take any further advantage, the bell terminated the round. The Quaker came out in the fifth round, however, in good shape and proceeded to mingle with the "Man Killer." Dillon was fortunate in landing another hard swing on Levinsky's nose, drawing the claret. "Bat," however, then employed his left hand and jabbed the rushing Indianapolis boxer away from him.

Levinsky decided that he would abandon his defensive methods in the final round and set about to mix it with Dillon, and the result was a series of fierce exchanges, in which both men landed some hard blows. The decision belonged to Dillon. Levinsky weighed 177½ pounds and Dillon 169½.

In the semi-final bout "Larry" Williams stopped "Johnny" Saxon in two rounds of a ten round engagement.

1916-03-29 The Grand Rapids Press (Grand Rapids, MI) (page 16)
Dillon and Levinsky Draw.

New York, March 29.--Battling Levinsky and Jack Dillon fought ten fast rounds to a draw here Tuesday night. Levinsky weighed 177½ pounds, Dillon 169½.

1916-03-29 The New York Times (New York, NY) (page 12)
Has Slight Margin on Points Over Quaker City Boxer.

Jack Dillon, the Indianapolis light heavyweight, slightly outpointed Battling Levinsky, the big, blonde heavyweight of Philadelphia, in the feature ten-round bout last night at the Broadway Sporting Club of Brooklyn. The contest was witnessed by a good-sized crowd of enthusiastic boxing fans.

Dillon won the contest by his aggressiveness and his ability to get inside of his opponent's tantalizing jabs with effective blows to the face and body. The Indianapolis boxer pursued this method of attack throughout the early rounds, and in practically every session he had the clever Philadelphia heavyweight on the defensive.

Near the conclusion of the bout, however, Levinsky, evidently realizing that he was being outpointed, made a lively rally, and during the last two rounds carried the fight to his opponent. However, although he clearly outpointed the Hoosier boxer in the two closing chapters, he could not offset Dillon's early advantage.

Dillon assumed the aggressive at the beginning of the bout. In the fourth and fifth rounds he forced his taller opponent about the ring with alternate blows to the face and stomach. In the seventh session Dillon sent Levinsky to the ropes in the former's corner with a left to the face, and followed this up with a right to the jaw which sent the Philadelphia boxer to his knee for a moment. The latter was up in an instant, and Dillon, trying desperately to end the contest, became wild, and the majority of his blows fell harmlessly.

In the final bout, scheduled for ten rounds, Larry Williams of Philadelphia knocked out Johnny Saxon, a Newark heavyweight, in the second round with a succession of right-hand blows to the jaw.

1916-03-29 The Rockford Morning Star (Rockford, IL) (page 1)

(By Associated Press.)

NEW YORK, March 28.--Battling Levinsky of New York outpointed Jack Dillon of Indianapolis in a ten round bout in Brooklyn tonight. Levinsky weighed 177½ pounds and Dillon 169½.

1916-03-29 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 10)
Indianan Smashes and Rushes and Battler Not Only Jabs, but Fights.
Jack Dillon, the Hoosier assassin, and Battling Levinsky fought a thrilling ten round draw in the final bout at the Broadway Sporting Club, Brooklyn, last night.

Dillon did the forcing throughout and landed the more damaging blows. On the other hand, Levinsky was the cleverer and perhaps outpointed his man in a technical sense.

Indianapolis Jack was a bit blown at the end, but was never in danger. Levinsky was knocked to his knees by a right hook to the jaw in the seventh round. There were several other occasions during the closing periods when the Battler was in grave danger and when he saved himself by holding.

Throughout the first half of the battle Levinsky piled up a dainty lead.

Levinsky used his left for jabbing Dillon back from vigorous rushes and his right to the body with good effect at close quarters. Dillon was particularly wild--wild even for him--and the Battler had little difficulty in pulling away from, getting inside of or blocking the haymakers. In the fifth, however, Dillon's sweeping right caught Levinsky flush on the nose, drawing first blood for the assassin.

In the sixth Dillon rocked Levinsky with hard lefts and rights to the jaw, but the Battler fought back furiously and hammered Dillon hard on the body. Through the seventh, after he was dropped, Levinsky was forced to hold and stall. In the ninth Dillon again staggered the Battler with a right haymaker.

The tenth was one continual volley, with both men slugging might and main for a knockout. Levinsky surprised the talent by wading right in and exchanging wallops. At one time it looked as if he had Jack on the run, but Dillon closed strong with a shower of lefts and rights, many of which found their mark.

1916-03-29 The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, NY) (page 20)
Hoosier Bearcat Drops the Hebrew to Mat in the Seventh Round.
New York, March 29.--Battling Levinsky is one of the best groomed knights of the hempen ring.

He always crawls through the ropes with his fighting trunks spotlessly and immaculately white, his hair neatly combed and a general look of cleanliness and wholesomeness about him.

And he generally leaves the ring in the same state. The battler is so splendid a defensive fighter that it takes a hard bout to even muss up his hair.

When Levinsky clambered out of the ring at the Broadway S. C. last night at the end of his ten-round bout with Jack Dillon, Levinsky's white fighting trunks were of a crimson hue. His left ear was puffed and swollen and his features as well as his curly blonde locks pretty badly mussed up.

There was a reason. The Battler just had been through one of the hardest bouts of his career, Jack Dillon, the Indianapolis Bearcat, handing him a terrific hammering. It was Levinsky's superb ring generalship that prevented the "man killer" from winning by a knockout. Levinsky took enough punishment for a whole army of average heavyweights, but no matter how badly he was hurt he never lost his head and defensively managed to do just the right thing at the right time.

It has been a long time since the fight fans have seen Levinsky knocked off his pins.

But that's what happened to the Fighting Sheriff of Stamford last night.

In the seventh round Dillon lashed a left to the head and quick as a flash nailed Levinsky with a following right--Jack's deadly one-two punch. Levinsky's knees crinkled up and he started sagging to the floor. Instead of stepping back, however, Dillon stood over him. Levinsky grabbed the Bear Cat's legs and clambered quickly to his feet.

During the remainder of the round Dillon tried desperately to finish his man, but Levinsky's wonderful ring generalship prevented the "Man Killer" from accomplishing his object.

During the first four rounds it looked as if the mill was going to be an even one, but in the fifth the Bear Cat cut loose with a savage attack, and from then on to the end he gave out cruel punishment.

In the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds Jack handed the "Battler" a terrific lacing, and a rally by Levinsky in the tenth again awoke the "Man Killer" to fighting fury, and once more he almost beat the "Battler" to the boards by the savageness of his assault.

Last night's mill with Dillon was the eleventh ring battle Levinsky has engaged in this month. Apparently his other ten battles only were sparring bouts to shape him up for the struggle with the "Man Killer" last evening.

Levinsky had eight pounds the best of the weight, according to Johnny Dunn, who in his velvety baritone warbled the weights as Dillon 169½, Levinsky 177½. Both men weighed in in ring togs.

1916-03-29 Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA) (page 13)
Hoosier Bear Cat Had all the Better of the Milling With Clever Boy
Is Sent Down in the Seventh But Manages to Stall Through Round
New York, March 29.--Jack Dillon outfought Battling Levinsky at the Broadway Sporting Club last night in ten rounds. Levinsky was never nearer to a knockout than he was in the sixth and seventh rounds of the fight.

In the seventh Levinsky was floored with a wicked right-hander that brought him to his knees with a bang. The curley headed warrior bobbed up like a cork in a pool and fought back viciously.

Dillon gave Levinsky a terrific drubbing in the sixth round. Rights and lefts had the perpetual motion machine rocking dangerously near a knockdown. Dillon seemed to tire after the seventh, and Levinsky began to outscore him. Jack made up for lost time in the tenth, however. At the finish he had Levinsky wobbling again from hard rights and lefts to the head.

Levinsky has seldom been punished in a New York ring as he was in the sixth. Dillon started him going with a left to the head and the Hoosier followed this up with a furious attack with both hands. A right to the jaw sent Levinsky flying to the ropes, the latter saving him from going to the floor. Dillon was as relentless in the seventh, besides the knockdown he scored heavily with either hand throughout.

As Levinsky got up off the floor after being sent to his knees, Dillon sent him sailing back across the ring with a hard left to the jaw, for once he seemed powerless to block the onrushing bearcat. Dillon won round of applause in the last part of the tenth round by stepping back to allow Levinsky to regain his footing after he had slipped. Levinsky exhibited a badly swollen right hand after the bout, claiming that he had injured it in the third round.

Barney Williams stopped Young Saxon in two rounds in the semi-windup.

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