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Monday, June 6, 2011

1900-06-04 George Dixon ND6 Tim Callahan [Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, PA, USA]

1900-06-05 The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA) (page 6)
Both at In and Out Work the Local Lad Had the Better of the Former Champion
In the Semi-Wind-Up Harry Berger and Tom Cleary Had It Out Hammer and Tongs
Tim Callahan outpointed George Dixon in the six-round bout at the Penn Art Club last night. It was a fast go from end to end, both boys fighting hard to secure the verdict. It was thought that they would box according to the modified Queensberry rules--breaking clean and no hitting in the breakaways--but they decided to have it out under a strict interpretation of the rules. From the very start Callahan demonstrated that he was more than Dixon's equal at any style of the game. It was supposed that in the mixes up Dixon would have the better of the exchanging because of his superior hitting ability, but this turned out all wrong for the reason that Callahan generally followed up a straight lead by rushing in, and keeping his head close to Dixon's body, kept up a merry tattoo of short rights on the former champion's body. These punches worried Dixon, who evidently did not look for that kind of milling. At outfighting there was nothing to it but Callahan. He landed one straight left after another on Dixon's face, but the requisite steam to effect a knock out or even a knock down was not there. Now and then, noticeably in the fourth round, Dixon did suggest the peerless champion of old, but it was only for a brief interval. He has not only lost his quickness, but his steam. Neither boy, outside of the inevitable "blowing" was much the worse for wear at the end of the bout. The rounds in detail.

FIRST ROUND.--After the usual fiddling Callahan landed lightly on neck with left and punched ribs with right. They clinched and both pounded body with lefts. Tim again landed lightly on neck, and George sent left to forehead. Tim sent left to mouth as the bell rang.

SECOND ROUND.--They clinched and pounded short ribs. Clinches were frequent, Callahan doing the better work. George sent left to neck and jaw. They were clinched at the bell.

THIRD ROUND.--Tim lead for head, but was short. George sent hard left to stomach and punched Tim's face with left and right in the clinch. Tim sent left to the body. George reached head with left, Tim replying with left on wind. George landed with left on jaw and swung, but missed. Tim landed lightly on neck.

FOURTH ROUND.--Tim landed lightly on jaw with left. Dixon sent left to chest. They both punched the body heavily in a clinch. Tim dug right on wind and George put left on jaw. Tim returned the same dose. George smashed hard left on wind and right to mouth.

Fifth--Tim landed left on wind, and George replied with right on wind. Tim put left to jaw, and George punched short ribs and sent light left to jaw, Tim replying with hard right on wind. George shook Tim with left on jaw, Tim replying with the same dose. They were fighting hard in clinch at the bell.

Sixth--George chased Tim around the ring swinging, but missed. George sent hard left to jaw. Tim landed right on neck and left to cheek, and they fought hard in the clinch. Tim jabbed left to jaw. George did the same. Tim sent left on jaw as the final bell rang.

The semi-wind-up was between Harry Berger and Tom Cleary. It was an old grudge they had to settle, and so far as punching went, they certainly had it out. The exchanges were about even up to the third round, when Berger put it all over Tom, and with a sequence of lefts and rights on the jaw Cleary looked a goner, but the bell came just in time. Cleary came up weak in the fourth, and was glad to clinch all through that round, but he could not get away from some hard jabs. The bell was Cleary's saviour again in the fifth, he was very rocky throughout the round. Tom tried hard to equal things in the last round, but it was too late. Berger was the winner.

There were three preliminaries, in which Sammy Smith outpointed Arthur Donahue. Joe Murphy and Fred Johnson fought such a miserable battle that the referee stopped the bout in the fourth round. Billy Madden put it all over Joe O'Hara for six rounds.

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