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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

1910-04-12 Frank Klaus W-PTS12 Jimmy Gardner [Armory Athletic Association, Boston, MA, USA]

1910-04-13 The Boston Journal (Boston, MA) (page 10)
Knockout in Third Round, Disallowed, He Later Gets Decision.
Frank Klaus of Pittsburg won from Jimmy Gardner in twelve rounds at the Armory A. A. last night before one of the largest gatherings of boxing sports ever seen in the clubhouse. No sane man could question the justness of the award, as Klaus scored a commanding lead in the early rounds and, while Gardner showed flashes of his old-time skill in certain rounds, it was apparent that the Lowell boxer was not in the best of shape, and he was indeed fortunate that a knockout was not charged against him in the third round.

Klaus started in to win the decidedly uninteresting bout in the first round, which was his. In the second round the Pittsburg boxer scored a big lead and Gardner seemed to be weakening. In the third period the situation was farcical. Klaus was going after Gardner and suddenly whipped a terrific right to the stomach and Jimmy went down in a heap. At the count of nine Gardner started to rise, but was not clearly on his feet at the count of ten and Referee Flaherty pointed to Klaus as the winner.

Permit Fight to Continue.

Evidently someone was tipped off to give the members a run for their money, as the round continued and the contest went the twelve round limit.

Gardner gained some courage in the fifth round and also in the sixth, but Klaus did the forcing. Gardner, who claimed the knockout blow in the third round was foul, also claimed other fouls, but they were not allowed. Klaus also claimed a foul, but the referee couldn't see it.

Gardner, urged on by a small army of friends, came back at Klaus during the last four rounds and there was loud howling from his supporters, but the Pittsburg boxer was never in danger of being outpointed. It was his willingness that made the contest resemble a real boxing bout.

Frank Madole of Pittsburg dully deserved the decision in his eight round bout against Kid Goodman. The West End Hebrew used the hell of his glove continually throughout the bout, in direct violation of the rules, and the large assemblage was pleased when the decision went against Goodman. Madole allowed Goodman to miss numerous leads and scored cleanly, while Abe was floundering about the ring. Goodman has gone back and Madole gave evidence of being a comer with a little more confidence.

Young Dyson Best Donohue.

Young Dyson of Providence defeated Eddie Donohue of the navy in five rounds. Donohue substituted for Alf Lynch of Canada, who claimed he was sick. Donohue was game enough, but was not in shape to go against the hard hitting Dyson. While Eddie was on his feet when his seconds threw a towel into the ring in the fifth round, he was a badly beaten man and was gradually showing physical weakness.

The program for next week will be as follows. Sandy Ferguson v Porky Flynn, twelve rounds; Joe O'Brien of Cambridge v Max Landy, six rounds; Young McDonough of Manchester, N. H. v Kid Manning of Pawtucket, six rounds and Kid Pantz of the North End v Tommy Furey of Attleboro.

1910-04-13 The Evening Times (Pawtucket, RI) (page 2)
Klaus Wins From Gardner On Points
Jimmy Tries to Quit in Third Round of Boston Bout--His Showing a Disappointment.

(By Staff Correspondent of the Times.)

BOSTON, April 12.--Frank Klaus, the slugging middleweight from Pittsburg, took the heart out of Jimmy Gardner of Lowell in the first three rounds of their bout at the Armory A. A. last night and easily won the decision on points at the end of the 12th session. Gardner twice tried to quit, and in the third round, after a left to the stomach had sent the Lowell man to the floor he stayed down for the full count, but Referee Maffit Flaherty, evidently with a view of giving the fans a decent run for their money, called the men to the centre of the ring, and they resumed boxing. After that Gardner showed flashes of his old-time form, but always went to cover when Klaus came back at him.

The largest house of the year attended the bout, and were much disappointed at Gardner's condition. Barring three or four rounds he boxed in timid fashion and showed unmistakable traces of a yellow streak early in the bout. He was out of shape and his clever footwork and jabbing, which have been big factors in many of his battles, were missing.

Had not Klaus been so anxious to put Jimmy away when he had him groggy he might have won on a knockout, but when in danger Gardner would adopt a shell-like defense by covering his face and body with his arms and let Klaus whale away until the Pittsburg "Bearcat" was tired.

From the fifth round to the 11th, Gardner seemed to pluck up courage and displayed a dazzling variety of straight lefts and rights that landed upon Klaus' face with some steam, but they were unable to stop the relentless rush of the Pittsburg boxer, who kept boring in for more, and swinging until he had made Gardner slow up.

Klaus' judge of distance was so bad that several times he missed and spun clear around as a result of the force he put into his blows. He was beating up Gardner in approved fashion when the bout came to an end, however, and when Flaherty waved his hand toward Klaus' corner there was not a murmur of disapproval in the house.

In the first three rounds Gardner was evidently trying his best to find some excuse to lay down. He let Klaus do all the work, and the rugged Pittsburger kept advancing continually.

The Lowell enthusiasts stared open-mouthed at Gardner's exhibition in the second round, however, for after Klaus had sent several ripping left swings to the head and body Gardner appeared very wobbly or scared, and put both hands over his face. Klaus was too anxious to stop him and Gardner clinched until the bell rang.

In the third round Gardner showed evident desire to quit. The men had been boxing but a few seconds when Jimmy went down on one knee, claiming that he had been fouled. Neither the referee nor spectators could see any evidence of unfair work upon Klaus' part, however, and Gardner arose, only to drop once more. This time Klaus hit him a trifle low and was warned. The Pittsburger kept rushing, and in Gardner's own corner sent the Lowell boxer to the floor. Gardner received the full count of 10, and Klaus with a look of disgust, started for his corner. Reaching there he turned around and gazed contemptuously at Gardner who had arisen. Flaherty then motioned for the men to continue, however, while the dazed spectators, unable to comprehend the situation, did not utter a sound.

Klaus kept hammering away at Gardner in the fourth, but during the next round Gardner seemed to have secured more confidence, as he stood up and boxed, bringing both hands to Klaus' face and drawing the claret from his nose. The Pittsburg slugger kept wading in for more, however, and was always dangerous.

In the sixth round Gardner boxed in a way that threw the Lowell fans into spasms of delight. He hit Klaus often upon the face and body and the latter, apparently enraged, threw discretion to the winds and dashed at Gardner with practically no defense, devoting all his efforts in attempts to land a sleep producer.

The Smoky City boxer hammered Gardner hard in the seventh round, and in the eighth kept up a rushing attack that drove the feeble smile from Gardner's face and made him break ground repeatedly. At the bell Gardner hit Klaus low, and when he appeared to weaken Jimmy tore in and tried to follow up his advantage. Klaus met him half way and the men were so busy mixing that they did not hear the bell and their seconds had to tear them apart.

The referee cautioned both men about hitting low before the ninth started. Gardner flashed in the ninth and 10th, and at times sent Klaus back, but the rallies were only temporary and Klaus bored in until his right and left hand smashes had reached the mark and caused Gardner to fall back on the defensive.

In the 11th round Klaus almost drove Gardner through the ropes with a right and left to the jaw, and followed it up with such terrific slugging in the 12th that Gardner was content to clinch and duck until the bell rang.

Young Dyson won from Eddie Donahue, the United States navy featherweight champion, in the fifth round of the eight-round semi-final. The Providence boxer wasted a lot of time in posing and working kidney punches, but when he did land on Donahue's face his blows had a marked effect upon the sailor scrapper, and in the fifth his seconds threw in the sponge to save him from an impending knockout.

Frank Madole of Pittsburg beat Kid Goodman of Boston on points in the eight-round preliminary. Goodman kept trying to swap with Madole at close quarters, but the youngster used a left-hand jab and by playing the ropes repeatedly worked himself out of the corners into which Goodman tried to drive him. When the Kid did land on Madole's body the youngster seemed to feel the effect of the punches. His clean cut jabbing and clever use of a right uppercut, however, entitled him to the verdict.

1910-04-13 The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) (page 11)
Pittsburg Boy Easily Outpoints Lowell Boxer

Special to The Inquirer.

BOSTON, Mass., April 12.--Frank Klaus, of Pittsburg, won handily from Jimmy Gardner, of Lowell, in twelve rounds tonight before one of the biggest crowds that ever saw a bout in this city. Gardner was technically knocked out in the third round, but after the referee had counted ten while he was kneeling on the floor and had signaled to Klaus that he had won told the boys to continue after directions to that effect from the managing director of the club. The latter did so to save the bout from being a farce and to give the spectators their money's worth. Klaus was the aggressor all through. Gardner claimed in the early part of the third round that he was hit low and limped around the ring for a little while. But the referee would not allow it. It was a poor fight, for while Gardner showed great ability at defense and at blocking he did not do any offensive work at all really. There were a few brilliant flashes by Gardner. But they were very seldom. He acted as if he was doped or drunk or else out of condition, and yet when he did fight was all over Klaus. But the Pittsburg boy had all the better of the milling 90 per cent. of the time.

Frank Madole, Klaus' sparring partner, won easily over Kid Goodman and Young Dyson beat Bobby Tickle.

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