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Thursday, April 21, 2011

1911-04-21 Jack Britton W-PTS15 Jake Barada [Business Men's Athletic and Gymnasium Association, Auditorium, St. Joseph, MO, USA]

1911-04-22 St. Joseph News-Press (St. Joseph, MO) (page 10)
Eddie Howard of St. Louis Dropped Antone Rubie of Omaha With Hook to Jaw In Third Round--Two Good Preliminaries.
Before about 2,500 members of the Business Men's Athletic and Gymnasium Association and others, at the Auditorium last night, Jake Barada of South St. Joseph lost his first bout, to Jack Britton of Chicago, in fifteen rounds. The Stockyards lad was no match for clever Jack, who kept away from his well-meant punches easily and stepped in and out, delivering rights and lefts in one of the prettiest exhibitions of boxing that has ever been seen in a local ring. At the close of the fifteenth round, with Britton showering rights and lefts at will and the local boy gamely fighting back, Referee Will McGinnis raised the gloved mitt of the Chicagoan in token of victory and the big crowd was satisfied with a fair and well-given decision.

Eddie Howard of this city treated the fans to some real stuff in his bout with Antone Rubie of Omaha, dropping the wrestler-boxer in the third round for the full count with a powerful right hook to the jaw. Rubie was no match for Howard, who ducked his clumsy swings easily and never failed to land terrific swings to the wind and jaw every time the pair came together. Howard left the ring breathing only from his own exertions. Rubie did not land one clean blow in the three rounds.

In two good preliminaries, Pal Murdock of Kansas City won a decision over Bud Kelly in six rounds and Mickey Joyce of Pittsburg got a draw with Kid Gordonniere of Elwood in a bout that went the same distance.

Britton a Great Boxer.

Without a doubt Jack Britton is a great boxer. His cleverness and ring generalship were a revelation to the bugs who gathered to watch last night's stag, and everyone is satisfied that he has everything necessary to enable him to hold a place near the top of the lightweight ladder.

Barada put up the gamest article of the kind that has been seen here in many a day and he deserves credit for the showing he made. Barada did not put up his best game, at that. In fact he boxed in poorer form than for some time past and probably this was occasioned on account of a sprained right hand which he received in training.

Be that as it may, Barada was up against the real thing in Britton and the Chicago boy was never in great danger of running against the sleepy stuff. Barada tried throughout the fifteen rounds to slip over the kick that would win for him but that chance never came for Britton made him miss blow after blow by his clever hoof work.

The officials of the club announced last night that in the near future Mickey Sheridan and Tommy Moore would be matched for a main event bout at the Auditorium.

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