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Sunday, May 15, 2011

1912-05-15 Packey McFarland ND6 Young Erne [National Athletic Club, Philadelphia, PA, USA]

1912-05-16 The Evening Times (Pawtucket, RI) (page 2)
PHILADELPHIA, May 14.--Packey McFarland, Chicago, and Young Erne, Philadelphia, fought six rounds before the National A. C. last night, and the Chicago boy made Erne look like a novice.

From the beginning of the fight until the sixth round the spectators continually shouted, "Take 'em off." It looked as though McFarland was not doing his best, and so it proved, for at the beginning of the closing round Packey jabbed and uppercut Erne so persistently that he almost had him out at the close of the fight.

In the first three rounds Erne did not lay a glove on McFarland.

In the fourth Erne hooked a hard right to the jaw, but McFarland simply smiled and sent Erne's head back with a straight left.

In the fifth round Packey went after his man, but he did not put any force into his blows, nearly all of them being with the open hand.

When he started in with the sixth he made Erne's head rock from side to side and bob up and down until the Philadelphia man did not know which way to duck.

1912-05-16 The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) (page 10)
Chicago Lad Toys With Young Erne in Bout That Is Real Funny
Local Lad Is Outclassed From the Start Not Even Mussing Packey's Hair in Six Rounds
The little pink tea party given last evening at the National A. C. by Mr. Packey McFarland, of Chicago, and Young Erne, of this city, which was attended by several thousands of their admirers, the honors were so easily copped by Packey that a large section of the crowd started to get their wraps before the last course had been served. And in making an early departure the unfortunates missed the only bit of realism of the entertainment. At no time was there any danger of the police interfering because of ungentlemanly or brutal conduct on the part of the contestants, but when the final bell sounded Erne was decidedly frapped. Had the bout continued a minute or so longer he might have needed assistance to descend from the ring.

When the curtain went up, the referee in introducing the entertainers announced that they had both complied with the requirements and weighed in at 3 P. M. at 138 pounds. Then the festivities started, and many a good laugh was enjoyed by those who had paid well for the privilege. To start things and just to feel out the humor of his opponent, McFarland playfully tapped Erne on the face with his left. Whereupon Erne covered up, and Packey again striking his glove to the face turned his man around and planted a punch on the back of Yi Yi's head.

It was rather unexpected, pleasantly and it amused the crowd, but when the visitor from Chicago continued his playful tactics and then stood in front of his petrified opponent laughing and refusing to hit him there was a real shout.

It was not until the third round that Erne essayed to make a break for freedom. He launched a right swing with terrific force. Packey ducked and the force of the blow carried Erne off his pins and landed him on his knees. In the next round Erne missed right and left swings and nearly went over the ropes.

There were some among the onlookers who were in favor of Mr. McGuigan taking them off the stage, but the bout continued. At the start of the fifth Erne cut a flash and did a little boring in. His nose was badly handled by McFarland in the melee.

Everyone expected something to break loose in the sixth and they were not disappointed. After the first minute of quiet, Erne started to do things. He rushed in and landed a good punch on Packey's snoot that brought the claret. Then the real thing began. McFarland cut loose and hammered Erne all over the ring, landing rights to body and lefts to head. Three times he put left swings to the head and followed it up with a right swing to the body that opened up Erne's safety valve and he lost all his steam. He was driven to the ropes and pasted good and hard as the bell rang.

1912-05-16 Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ) (page 14)
PHILADELPHIA, May 16.--Packey McFarland again demonstrated his superiority over Young Erne of this city, by outpointing the local youth in a six-round bout at the National A. C. last night.

The scrap was hardly up to what might have been expected of this pair of heavy lightweights. At no time during the entire six rounds did Erne appear to have a chance with the shifty "Stockyards Champion," and he covered in every round to save himself.

McFarland was never forced to extend himself, but kept Erne on the defensive by the almost constant use of a straight left jab. Packey also seemed a trifle merciful toward the local entry, and several times used light slaps when opportunities for heavier wallops presented themselves.

Both men were in excellent condition at the start. They made the required weight of 138 pounds at 3 o'clock and started the bout in careful style.

Toward the end of the fourth round Erne tried to overcome the lead held by his opponent, but his attempts to rush McFarland were useless. The Middle Westerner sent him back each time with jabs, and could have done more serious damage had he so desired.

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