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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

1922-05-03 Young Stribling D-MD10 Battling Budd [City Auditorium, Macon, GA, USA]

1922-05-04 The Macon Daily Telegraph (Macon, GA) (page 8)
Atlanta Man Votes For Deadlock and Referee Calls Draw.
Evident Mistake in Verdict Made But Award Will Stand.
Jordon Shepard Licks Gordon Lad in Preliminary Bout.


Young Stribling and Battling Bud, the latter from Atlanta, were given a draw last night in their fourth meeting. The two battlers on previous occasions, won a decision each, the third being a draw.

Three other matches were on the program last night, given under the auspices of the Joe Neel post of the American Legion. Kid Waller and Young Harry Allen, in a scheduled four-round opener, were given a draw. Jordon Shepard, Macon boy, was awarded a decision over Battling Brooks, of Gordon, this fight being scheduled for four rounds but was stopped by the referee in the second frame. Young Silver, of Atlanta, received the decision over Eddie Cook, of Savannah, this being the second successive win for the Atlanta boxer before Macon audiences. Ed Everett acted as referee.

One of the largest crowds that a fistic card here has brought out, saw the proceedings at the auditorium. All available seating space was filled, and a semi-circle of onlookers was formed behind the chair occupants.

A fiasco developed as the aftermath to the main bout, which resolved the verdict into a draw. One of the judges decided for Stribling, the other voting for a draw. Immediately, the referee held up the hands of both contestants.

Here are the facts as related to the Telegraph's representative by Mike Witman, chairman of the Legion sports committee: Cliff Wheatley, of the Atlanta Constitution, and Davis Hicks, of this city, the last two named being judges, Mr. Wheatley voted for a draw, this statement being verified by Mr. Witman. Mr. Hicks voted for Stribling, declaring that he awarded the local battler the verdict in six rounds and voted for a draw in four of the rounds.

Fight by Rounds.

According to Mr. Witman and Mr. Wheatley, as there was one vote for Stribling and one vote for a draw, the bout should have been awarded to Stribling, it being necessary for the referee to vote for Budd in such case in order for the fight to be called a draw. However, Mr. Witman said that the referee voted for a draw, raising the hands of both fighters to announce this decision. Mr. Witman declared that under the circumstances, the fight must go down on the record as a draw.

With no attempt to form a decision, the information shown on the writer's tally follows:

First round: Stribling led with a left to the face. The ensuing infighting appeared even, Strib coming out with his usual boyish smile and receiving applause from the crowd, especially from the section occupied by the Lanier boys. Stribling's round.

Second round: Strib led with a left to face. The fighters exchanged kidney punches. Budd counted a short left and right to Strib's head behind the ear. Strib registered a tap to the face. Draw.

Wild Swing by Strib.

Third round: Strib uncorked a right uppercut which doubtless would have been good for a k.o.--had it landed--but it didn't. Strib appeared to have the edge slightly in the infighting. Draw.

Fourth round: Strib shot a left to the head, rushing Budd to the ropes. Budd countered with short rights and lefts to side of head. Strib landed two uppercuts on Budd's chin, neither blow having force to stagger the Atlantan. The major portion of this round was predominated by clinching, neither fighter having a noticeable advantage. Draw.

Fifth round: Strib had the edge in infighting, breaking away from the first clinch and rocking Budd's head with lefts and rights. Strib landed two uppercuts to the chin, following up in a wonderful manner and landing a left to Budd's face at the bell. Stribling's round.

Successive Rounds for Cadet.

Sixth, seventh and eighth appeared Strib's without argument, the local boy hitting Budd in the middle, in the kidneys, walloping him in the face with long and short-range blows and driving Budd into the ropes with vicious punches, the Atlanta battler retaliating--only with a smile.

Ninth round: Budd landed three facial blows, bringing his total to four. (Prior to this round, Budd's punches aimed at Strib's face had found their general location but the goal was blocked by a five-ounce glove. The nearest Budd had been able to come to Stribling's face was the back of his head, which wasn't so close. Only one time before the ninth did Budd meet Strib's complexion and the lick was of no consequence). Budd's round by a shade.

Tenth round: Furious infighting marked this round, Strib rushing Budd to the ropes with body punches. Budd countered with a right punch through Strib's defense which found its mark between Strib's peepers. Strib continued to rush the fight, landing repeatedly in Budd's kidneys and clearly cinching the round.

Total: Stribling five rounds, Budd, one; draw, four.

Both Boxers Willing.

The decision in the first bout met with unanimous approval, Waller taking the third round and Allen the first, the other two stanzas being called even. Both fighters showed a willingness to mix it at all times.

Jordan Shepard, Macon boy, clearly outclassed Battling Brooks, of Gordon, in the secind number on the program. A larger man in frame, muscle, and experience, he proved the superior from the start. Pounding Brooks unmercifully throughout the first round and continuing the pulverizing attack in the second, Shepard brought forth cries from the fans calling upon the referee to stop the mill, which was done in the middle of the second, Brooks appearing all in.

Fast and furious from start to finish, the Silver-Cook encounter won prolonged applause from the fans on several occasions. The Atlanta fighter started the thing with a rush, pushing two good left punches to Cook's face as a starter, Silver collecting the first round without debate. In the second, Silver continued with two taps to the face, several short slaps to the jaw, and seemed to have the edge at the infighting. Cook retaliated with two blows to Silver's solar plexus and followed with another wallop to Silver's face. Cook appeared stronger at the close of this round, which appeared his without question.

Jabs Silver Repeatedly.

In the third, Cook jabbed Silver repeatedly in the middle. Silver countered with a stiff uppercut to Cook's chin, staggering the Savannah boy. An exchange of face taps followed, Silver counting a good blow to the jaw. Silver was clearly carrying the fight to Cook throughout this round, both finishing strong.

The fourth round did not develop any blows to howl over, although Cook bled a bit at the close of the round. Cook's best work came out in the fifth stanza when he uncorked a vicious wallop opening Silver's scalp over the left lamp. The blood oozed, then trickled, and soon spurted from Silver's temple as Cook followed up his advantage with two more to the same location, this round clearly being Cook's. In the sixth, Silver appeared to have the edge in the infighting, jabbing Cook repeatedly to the face. Cook reopened the cut over Silver's eye, both fighters battling desperately for an advantage, numerous swings being missed by each battler. The round appeared Cook's by a good margin.

Decision Favors Silver.

Silver opened the seventh with a left to Cook's head, quickly followed by another. Cook rushed Silver to the ropes with short body blows and a right to the jaw. Silver retaliated--with a smile as he waded out from the ropes as the bell rang.

A left uppercut to Cook's jaw started the eighth and final stanza, which was continued by the Atlanta boxer with a right and left to the face, Silver pushing the fight and Cook was clearly on the defensive. In quick succession, Cook shot a right and left to Silver's swarthy cheek, carrying the fight to Silver. Body blows were exchanged and then Silver missed a haymaking right swing to Cook's cranium, the latter ducking to dodge the glove.

The crowd appeared evenly divided as to the winner but the decision favored Young Silver.

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