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Sunday, May 22, 2011

1906-05-21 Sailor Burke W-KO3 Joe Grim [Remsen Athletic Club, Brooklyn, NY, USA]

1906-05-22 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, NY) (page 9)
"Human Punching Bag" Put to Sleep by Burke.

Eight bouts were put on at the Remsen A. C. last night, and each go was good. The first mill was between Terry Edwards and Young McCarty and the best they could do was to draw. Danny Hickey and Charles Goldman fought three fast rounds, with Goldman in the lead. The third set-to was the best of the preliminaries, which brought together Dick Grimes and Jimmy Hunt. The latter at the tap of the gong got right at his man and before the end of the first round a hemorrhage started from Grimes' nose. Todo Moran had it on Jack Ashton. Freddie Dittels was outfought by Young Carter. Tim O'Brien forced all the fighting to Young Camphor.

Young Otto, of this city, who was billed to meet Frank Haney, of Philadelphia, in the semi-final, did not don the gloves because of a sprained ankle. Billy Cobb, also of Philadelphia, was substituted. He started off at a rush with head down and directing all his blows at the stomach and ribs, and the referee was kept busy breaking them, for Cobb knew that he could only get his man in the clinches. The crowd hissed Cobb and bade the referee to take them off, as Haney was not getting fair play. The first and second round Cobb outfought himself and in the third he was at the mercy of Haney, although Frank could not put his man away.

Sailor Burke, one of the toughest propositions in the welterweight class, and Joe Grim, the "human punching bag," whom such men as Jack Johnson and Bob Fitzsimmons failed to knock out, furnished the four-round star bout of the evening. Grim addressed the crowd, saying he was 23 years old, has fought 275 battles and has never been knocked out. He gave his customary challenge to any man in the world. The first round was very tame, for each was trying the other out. In the second, however, they began hard. In the middle of this round the sailor smiled at his seconds and remarked to Grim that he would knock him out in that round. Grim replied, "You will, like fun." Just then Burke sent one over to the jaw and Joe went to the floor, but he was up quickly and before the sailor could hit him again the bell sounded. Grim, however, staggered to his corner. The audience then asked him to make another speech. In reply he said he would when the four rounds were over. The gong sounded. After being floored seven times, Grim vainly tried to get to his feet. He was out. The crowd began to jump on the stage and but for timely interference by the police several mishaps might have occurred.

1906-05-22 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 8)
Joe Grim hitherto "iron-jawed," whom Fitzsimmons, Jack Johnson and hundreds of other fighters could not knock out, at last met his Waterloo at the Remsen A. C. in Brooklyn last night, when Sailor Burke, of Brooklyn, found a soft spot on the Italian's jaw and landed a sleep-producer in the third round of their bout.

Grim did not try to fight back, but took punishment with his usual grin. Burke put every ounce of his strength into each of his blows and fought with great deliberation, timing each wallop and measuring the distance before he let the punch go. A hook to the jaw was Grim's undoing.

While the Italian was writhing on the floor after the flow was landed Capt. Shaw, of the Adams Street Station, jumped into the ring and arrested both principals. They were held in $500 bail to appear in court to-day. At the station-house Grim blithely congratulated his conqueror, and said that he was the best man he ever met.

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