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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

1910-06-14 Billy Papke W-TKO2 Al Goodale [Grand Avenue Athletic Club, Hippodrome, Kansas City, MO, USA]

1910-06-15 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) (page 9)
The Umpire
The miserable showing made by "Al" Goodiell in his bout with "Billy" Papke before the Grand Avenue Athletic Club at the Hippodrome last night is one of the "angles" which is killing the boxing game. While the spectators who went to the Hippodrome last night didn't expect to see Papke knocked out by a man with so little reputation as Goodiell possessed, they at least expected to see a man who would put up a creditable showing and give Papke an opportunity to display his goods. Some even went so far as to speculate on the Chicago fighter landing a lucky punch and adding to his reputation and future earning capacity, but there was no chance. The main ingredient of a fighter--sand--did not appear to be in Goodiell's makeup.

For the Grand Avenue Athletic Club and Papke it can be said that every effort was made to bring a worthy opponent to Kansas City to meet the "Illinois Thunderbolt." Promoter Welch tried to induce all the available middleweights, except Ketchel and Langford, to come here. Themen he communicated with could not or would not come and Goodiell was recommended as a worthy man who would make a good card.

1910-06-15 The Kansas City Times (Kansas City, MO) (page 6)
Both of the Preliminaries Were Good and Resulted in Draws Between "Mike" Elliott and "Andy" Jewell and 'Young Bob' and 'Kid" Allison.
"Al" Goodiell, the biggest quince that ever appeared here in a prize ring, was disqualified for quitting in the second round of a scheduled 10-round bout with "Bill" Papke at the Hippodrome last night. Goodiell was billed as the Chicago Hurricane. Perhaps he is in his line--but his line isn't fighting. Albert shook hands like a regular fighter; had tape on his hands, wore trunks and fighting shoes and knew how to pose for a picture. He had an awful hunch to quit in the first round, when Papke hooked one close to his jaw, but after lying on his back--when he found a soft spot--until the referee counted 9, he got up and hung onto Papke as though the "Illinois Thunderbolt" was a long lost brother. His seconds applied smelling salts at the end of the round and Albert wobbled out for the second session. The round hadn't been on thirty seconds before Goodiell fell to his knees and crawled to his corner. It was an exhibition of quitting that would make "Mexican Pete" Everett look like a dub, and Pete held the diamond studded belt for quitting. Referee Shea promptly disqualified the "gentle breeze" and his seconds threw a sponge into the ring to make the decision official.

The redeeming features of last night's show were the preliminaries. "Mike" Elliott, of the Kansas City Athletic Club and Andy Jewell of Kansas City, Kas., fought six hard rounds for the curtain raiser. Elliott had a big lead in the first three rounds and it appeared as though Andy's friends would be compelled to tell their friends that Andrew took the count. The effort to put Jewell out told on Elliott and the Kansas fighter made up a lot of lost ground when the K. C. A. C. youth tired and slowed down.

"Young Bob" Fitzsimmons of Fort Riley, Kas., has an excellent record as a soldier and as his term of enlistment is about up he decided to take up the fighting game. He went ten rounds to a draw with "Kid" Allison of this city. It was a corking good bout and while neither men showed any great amount of skill they more than made up for this defect in willingness. "Bob" had Allison very tired after five rounds but lacked the punch and the judgment to put him out. They kept the crowd applauding throughout the bout but both men were "all in" at the finish.

The preliminaries had the spectators worked up for some real fighting between Papke and Goodiel, but the miserable showing of the Chicago man made this bout a farce. Papke was in fine shape and what little work he did do gave the crowd an idea of what they might have seen if "Billy" had been matched with a fighter.

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