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Saturday, April 30, 2011

1915-04-30 Ted (Kid) Lewis W-PTS10 Johnny Lustig [Canadien Athletic Club, Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, Canada]

1915-05-01 The Gazette (Montreal, QC) (page 14)
Overshadowed Him in Eight of the Scheduled Ten Rounds at Sohmer Park
New Yorker Refused to Fight Unless He Was Given a Greater Percentage Than Agreed on
In a bout that overshadowed any ever held in Montreal, Kid Lewis, the English lightweight, scored a decisive victory over Max Lustig, of New York, in ten rounds. The meeting between these boys was the scheduled feature of the weekly entertainment of the Canadien Athletic Club at Sohmer Park and proved an attraction for one of their best gatherings of the season. The bill furnished three ten-round bouts and a four-round preliminary, making without exception the strongest that has been staged since the revival of the sport in Montreal. Two of the bouts went through the knockout route, while the other two were won on points. The feature event carried with it a story of one of the fighter's arrest for trying to hold up the promoters for a larger percentage of the receipts than he had agreed to fight for.

On his arrival in Montreal Lustig demanded twenty-five per cent. of the receipts after having agreed to meet Lewis for twenty per cent. He was told that he would not be given the advance, and he later on refused to fight at all unless he was given $500. Manager Kennedy, of the club, asked him to return the money he had received for transportation and on Lustig's refusal to return it he was locked up on a warrant charging him with taking money under false pretences. Lustig, on an assurance that he would meet Lewis, was released on bail and afterwards fought the fight of his career.


Never at any stages of the fight was there any doubt as to what the outcome would be. Lewis outpointed his opponent in eight of the ten rounds, while he held his own in the other two. He overwhelmed Lustig in points, landing rights and lefts to the jaw and body, and shifting fought him at times almost altogether to the body, administering severe punishment to the American fighter. On several occasions Lewis had Lustig groggy and has the credit of being the first to ever knock him down. In the second round Lustig showed at his best advantage, doing the greater part of the leading and carried the fight to Lewis in the early stages. Lewis rallied in the closing minute and evened matters up. Again in the fourth Lustig rallied and forced the fighting in the first minute and a half of the session, after which Lewis drove him to the ropes and had him on the defensive when the gong sounded.

In the opening round Lewis opened the fighting with terrific punches to the face and body and had Lustig bewildered through his clever defensive work. In the next there was no advantage, while in the third Lewis again had the better of it. In the fourth Lustig came back strong, and held his own. In the early stages of the fifth Lewis landed frequently, and again had Lustig guessing. In the sixth Lewis landed a left that staggered Lustig, and in following up his advantage sent him to the floor with a right cross. From then on Lustig, although he was to be admired for his gameness, was never any match for his more clever opponent. The bout was replete with clever leading and countering, while both showed good foot work.

In the semi-windup, Battling Jim Johnson, a colored fighter from New York, scored over Arthur Pelkey, the Canadian, in the seventh, through the knockout route. Up until the knockout blow, which many claimed was struck low, Pelkey had held his own. Johnson showed little science, but his hard hitting ability put his man away. Johnson is credited with a draw with Jack Johnson, while he has also knocked out Joe Jeanette, who he meets here next Friday night in a ten-round bout.

In the better of the two preliminaries Bill Brown, a colored heavyweight fighter, of New York, won from Gaston Pottlez, knocking him out in the tenth round. Brown had the better of the fighting at all stages of the bout, he showing science against Pottlez's rushing tactics. Pottlez depended on his right swings to win for him, while Brown is a good two-handed fighter. In the other preliminary Kid Burns shaded Kid Barish in a four-round bout. Burns shows improvement in each of his bouts.

1915-05-01 The Montreal Daily Mail (Montreal, QC) (page 11)
Battling Jim Johnson scored knock-out over Pelky in 7th round.
Battling Jim Johnson Knocked Out Pelkey in the Seventh Round
Lewis and Lustig Furnished One of the Best Bouts Seen Here
Kid Lewis, the shifty English lightweight, decisively outpointed Johnny Lustig, of New York, in a rattling ten round battle, while Battling Jim Johnson, the husky colored heavyweight, scored a knock-out over Arthur Pelky in the seventh round of a scheduled ten round contest. Such were the results of the two feature bouts on the boxing programme at Sohmer Park last night.

The two bouts were fast and interesting but that between Lewis and Lustig was undoubtedly the best of the evening. In fact, it was the best contest that has been staged in this city for many a day. The two lightweights went at it hammer and tongs from the ring of the first bell until the end of the tenth round. They slugged away in great style, their speed and cleverness delighting the crowd. Lustig is well known to the local fans as one of the cleverest lightweights in the game, but he was clearly outpointed by Lewis. The English lightweight had it on his opponent in eight of the ten rounds, the two remaining rounds being about even. Lewis' speed was even too great for the clever New Yorker. His left shot out like a flash of lightning and it played a regular tattoo on Lustig's jaw. Round after round he kept playing his left on Lustig's face, while in the infighting, his right was used with good effect. The result was that towards the end Lustig was pretty shaky. In fact, in the eighth round it looked very much as though Lewis would put his man away for the count but Lustig's clever ring generalship saved him.

Lustig Put up a Kick.

The two boys fought every minute of the bout. Lewis outpointed Lustig in the opening round, while the second was even. Again in the third Lewis captured the honors. In this round Lustig insisted that Lewis remove his guard over his teeth. Lewis finally consented. In the fourth round Lustig made several rallies, and earned an even break, but from then on it was all in favor of the English lightweight. He forced the fighting, and landed telling lefts on Lustig's jaw time and again, and in the eighth had the New Yorker in a weakened condition. However, try as he did, he could not put Lustig away, the latter's clever footwork saving him at the critical moments.

Johnson Scored Knock-Out.

The Johnson-Pelkey bout came to a rather sudden ending in the seventh round, when the negro sent Pelkey down for the count with a left to the solar plexis. Pelkey had had the best of the argument up to the seventh round, doing most of the leading and landing several telling blows. However, following a clinch, Johnson landed a stiff left uppercut to the solar-plexis, and Pelkey went down for the count. Pelkey and his seconds claimed that the blow was a foul, but a physician, who was called in to examine Pelkey, stated that the blow hit him above the belt.

Bill Brown, another colored scrapper, also won his bout by the knock-out route, putting Pottlez away in the tenth round. Brown gave Pottlez a bad beating during the first nine rounds, and then sent his man to the floor for the count with a right uppercut. In the other preliminary, Kid Burns shaded Kid Barish in a four round bout.

The Canadien Athletic Club announced that there would be no fight next Friday night on account of the Canadian Amateur Championships, but that on Monday, May 10th, Battling Jim Johnson and Joe Jeanette would furnish the feature ten round bout at Sohmer Park.

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