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Saturday, April 9, 2011

1912-04-09 Kid Williams W-PTS15 Johnny Daly [Eureka Athletic Club, Albaugh Theater, Baltimore, MD, USA]

1912-04-10 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 13)
Local Boy Wins All The Way From Johnny Daly.
But Ring Generalship And Gameness Save Him From A Knockout--Riley Trims Rebhan.

Kid Williams won his way to the hearts of the local fight fans last night at Albaugh's Theatre, when he beat Johnny Daly, one of the cleverest bantams of the country, to a whisper in 15 rounds of fast milling before the Eureka Club. That the bout went the distance was due to the clever ring generalship and gameness of Daly. The New York boy was game to the core and took even more punishment than Philly McGovern suffered at the hands of George Chaney recently.

All of the people who are qualified to judge the ability of a boxer agreed at the ringside after the bout that Williams demonstrated his right to meet Johnny Coulon for the championship of the world. Daly did not have a decided advantage in one of the rounds. In the eighth he shaded Williams, perhaps, but even the most broad minded of the regulars were willing to admit that honors were about at a standstill.

The second round was even but in thirteen periods Williams displayed a big lead. His one fault was his inability to locate the point of his opponent's jaw. Not once did he touch it during the battle. The Kid landed enough blows on Daly's body to make an ordinary man quit but Daly was no ordinary boy. Then, too, Williams cut and bruised his face, nose and mouth, but all of his blows in that direction were too high to land the sleep.

Williams Starts Early.

Few persons thought Daly would be able to stand the body punishment he was receiving as early as the fourth round for in the opening session Williams started his work on his rival's ribs and the force of the blows sounded like someone beating a drum.

Caution was thrown to the winds by the local lad. He did not pay much attention to a defense, but forced the battle so rapidly that Daly had little chance to map out a systematic line of attack. Williams always was eager to swap punches and in the fourth session opened Daly's eye. In that round Daly was in bad shape and started holding on. From that time until the tenth period Daly took a terrific lacing and in the tenth the New Yorker looked very groggy.

In the fourteenth round Daly was in marked distress again and made tracks for his corner, where he remained. Williams could not get at him real well, so he called to the Gothamite.

"Come on out in the middle of the ring and fight."

But Daly did not want to come out. He stalled in his own corner, fighting back as gamely as he could, but he did not care to accept the invitation to swap punches at that stage of the battle.

Williams tried hard for a knockout in the last round. He had been the aggressor from the start and in the last session he tried just as hard to land a knockout as he did in the first. He was not willing to rest on his laurels for he had the fight won in a walk. It was his desire to finish his man but the experienced and game Daly warded off all his efforts and vicious swings.

Kid Norfolk and Frank Hunter, both colored, fought a three-round draw.

Kid Butch and Jack Glick battled four rounds to a standstill.

Battling Webb and Young Williams, a brother of the Kid, milled for six rounds. Webb had the better of the second, third and fourth periods, while Williams showed to advantage in the opener, the fifth and sixth rounds. It was a good draw despite the fact that Williams made a whirlwind finish.

Benny Riley beat Johnny Rebhan in six good rounds of fast milling. Rebhan had the reach and height, but the weight favored Riley. Benny's punches also had the necessary steam. The blows of the veteran told on the youngster and Rebhan surely could not have lasted more than a round or two more.

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