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Sunday, June 12, 2011

1918-06-11 Jack Britton W-PTS12 Bryan Downey [Armory Athletic Association, Boston, MA, USA]

1918-06-12 The Boston Daily Globe (Boston, MA) (page 6)
Could Have Stopped Him in Armory A. A. Bout
Shows a Hard Punch Despite Fall That Dazed Him
Jack Britton of Chicago found Bryan Downey of Columbus easy game for him in their bout at the Armory A. A. last night and was given the decision in 12 rounds.

That Britton could have stopped Downey was the opinion of the fans. For the first three sessions the latter showed up well. He started to force the boxing, but in the fourth Britton got busy and from that time on made Downey look like a third-rater.

In the 10th, Britton had Downey in a bad way, but when it looked as if he could knock him out, he lessened the force in his punches.

Downey was in such a shape at times that the spectators yelled to the referee to stop the bout.

In the second round Britton, in making a lunge at Downey, slipped out of the ring and struck his head on the floor. He was dazed for an instant, but returned to the ring in a few seconds.

The preliminary between Mike Snyder and Jack Fallon was a great bout. Both little fellows fought fast and hard, Fallon scoring a knockdown in the sixth. At the end of six rounds it was called a draw. Joe Rivers of Gloucester defeated Panama Joe Gans in eight rounds, and Mike Castle stopped Young Sharkey of New Bedford in four.

Johnny Dundee and Young Britt will box in the feature bout at the club next Tuesday night. Shaver O'Brien and Sam Bell will meet in the semi-final; Billy Roberts and Jack Mansfield in one preliminary and Young Veira and Young Bruno in the other.

1918-06-12 The Evening Times (Pawtucket, RI) (page 10)
BOSTON, June 12.--Jack Britton, the master, overwhelmingly defeated Bryan Downey in a 12-round bout at the Armory A. A. last night. Downey looked and fought like an apprentice against the skill and superior ring craft of the former welterweight champion. The Columbus boxer had superb courage, otherwise he never would have lasted through. He fought one of the gamest up-hill battles ever seen in a local ring.

Panama Joe Gans substituted for Victor Dahl against Joe Rivers and lost the decision to the Gloucester man in an eight-round fight.

Mike Snyder and Johnny Fallon fought a fast six rounds to a draw and Mike Castle proved too fast for Young Sharkey and was given the verdict in the fourth round.

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