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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

1900-05-25 Joe Gans W-KO2 Dal Hawkins [Broadway Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NY, USA]

1900-05-26 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 10)

"Joe" Gans, of Baltimore, knocked out "Dal" Hawkins, of California, at the Broadway Athletic Club last night in the second round of fast fighting. The men were scheduled for twenty-five rounds at 133 pounds. Hawkins assumed the aggressive with both hands as soon as the contest began. He smashed Gans with a left hook to the chin just after they put up their hands and dropped him. It looked as if the bout was over, but Gans took the count of nine and got to his feet. Hawkins followed up his advantage as soon as his opponent arose, but Gans blocked his blows, and in a fierce mix up at the ropes the latter sent in a right swing to the jaw that floored Hawkins. Hawkins struggled to his feet at the count of nine, and the gong sounded.

In the second round Hawkins was still aggressive. His swings were short, however, while Gans seemed to land at will. Hawkins clinched to avoid punishment. On the break Gans landed on his rival's mouth and made the blood spurt. He then put both hands to the jaw, and repeated it again, and Hawkins seemed dazed. Gans then sent his right to the jaw, which put Hawkins out.

In the preliminary "Jim" Burke received the decision over George Jansen after twelve rounds of sparring.

1900-05-26 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 14)
Colored Pugilist Knocks Hawkins Out in Short Meter.

In one of the most sensational fights ever witnessed hereabouts Joe Gans, the Baltimore negro, knocked out Dal Hawkins of California at the Broadway Athletic Club last evening after a little more than two minutes of the second round had been consumed. Short as the bout was there was more fighting to it and greater excitement among the spectators than has been witnessed at the Broadway Club since its incorporation. The race track contingent was there in force to root for Hawkins, and root they did. For a brief space of time it looked as if Hawkins would win and his followers were jubilant, but the negro's superior science stood him in good stead, and with a well directed punch he sent the Californian to the land of dreams.

No sooner had the gong sounded for action than Hawkins, after a few feints, let fly his famous left hook to Gans' jaw. It was a little too high, but it sent Gans sprawling and Hawkins' followers were on their feet with a yell that almost lifted the roof. Gans took the count and when he arose blocked Hawkins' rushes cleverly. They mixed it up and just before the bell sounded Gans crossed his right flush to the jaw and Hawkins measured the length on the floor. He managed to regain his feet and was saved by the bell.

Hawkins was fairly fresh in the second, but realized that his only chance to win was to win quickly, and he started like a whirlwind. He swung his left hard to the wind, but Gans was cool and delivered his blows with precision. It was fast, clever and vicious fighting until Gans suddenly landed a left to the chin that dazed Hawkins and followed with s straight right that dropped Dal for good.

In the preliminary Jim Burke defeated George Jansen in twelve rounds at catch weights.

1900-05-26 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 8)
Sensational Fight at the Broadway A. C. Ends in the Second Round.

Though Dal Hawkins, the California lightweight, was put to sleep in the second round by Joe Gans of Baltimore at the Broadway A. C. last night, the fight was one of the most sensational ever seen in a local club. Hawkins, with the first blow landed in the battle, knocked Gans flat. Had this punch been an inch or so lower, it would have landed on Gans's chin and the battle would have ended then and there. But Gans, who was in superior condition, managed to recover quickly and by better generalship, gameness and hitting won the money. It was a slugging match instead of a careful scientific go, but that was because each man knew that an early knockout was essential after Gans had been floored. There was no time for pretty sparring after that, so the men went at it hammer and tongs, while 5,000 spectators were worked up to a remarkable pitch of excitement. Though Gans won, he had a narrow escape and those who offered as much as 2 to 1 on his chances had a temporary attack of heart disease until Hawkins was stopped.

The preliminary was a slasher. For twelve rounds Jim Burke, a local lightweight walloped George Jansen, the former Pastime A. C. champion, but the latter refused to be put out. Burke was eight pounds heavier. He got the decision.

Gans and Hawkins were matched to go twenty-five rounds at 133 pounds, weigh in at 3 o'clock. Gans's seconds were Al Herford, Harry Lyons and Sooner Temple. Hawkins was handled by Dan Creedon, Dave Sullivan and Jack Shimler. Gans was a 5 to 3 favorite with heavy betting. John White was the referee.

The bell had scarcely started the first round when Hawkins let fly his left hand so swiftly that Gans could not block the punch. The blow landed an inch above the point of the jaw and knocked Gans flat on his back. In an instant the crowd was in an uproar. Everybody stood up and yelled. Gans took a full count, and, when he regained his feet, he was staggering. Hawkins immediately cut loose for a knockout. He swung all kinds of smashes to the colored man's head, but Gans had rallied and literally fought himself into his usual steadiness. As they exchanged the punches the crowd was in a frenzy. A rapid right hander on the jaw finally knocked Hawkins down, the back of his head striking the floor. It looked as if he had been settled, but when the referee counted the ninth second Dal crawled up and rushed blindly. Then ensued another fierce mix-up in which both men were reeling from the force of the blows. When the bell sounded the cheering was deafening.

They were slower when they began the second round. Hawkins opened with carefully placed lefts which were blocked and then Gans rushed, driving the white man to the ropes. Getting out of this predicament, Hawkins mixed it in the middle of the ring with considerable effect. He jarred Gans with numerous left jolts on the neck but the colored man was letting out his power by degrees, especially as his opponent was fighting with a wide open guard. Soon Gans put a hard right on the ear. It staggered Hawkins, who received a quick left hook on the neck. Like a flash over came Gans's right, flush to the jaw, and Hawkins fell heavily, his head again striking the floor with a bang. This time the Californian was done for. Referee White counted him out and declared Gans the winner.

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