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Monday, September 5, 2011

1916-09-05 Memphis Pal Moore W-PTS12 Frankie Britt [Armory Athletic Association, Arena, Boston, MA, USA]

1916-09-06 The Boston Journal (Boston, MA) (page 8)
Some Real Class, Though on Short End in Bout With Moore.

By Jack Malaney.

Boston fans are now pretty sure that a real promising boxing prospect is in our midst, in the person of Frankie ('Young') Britt, that rugged little battler of New Bedford. The feature mill of the Triple A's double-windup show at the Arena last night brought the matter closer to the fans' attention, even though Britt did have to take the short end of the decision in his 12-round contest with Pal Moore, the classy bantam of Memphis.

So strong did the crowd get for Frankie of the Whaling City that even though it must have been realized that he had been outpointed and outpunched by a great margin, there was a strong pulling for a draw verdict because of the manner in which Britt finished up, and also stood up before the more experienced performer.

A Classy Perfomer

Bantamweights are not made much better today than this same Pal from the southern section of the country. A fine classy little rooster he is, with a complete knowledge of the boxing game and the necessary ability as a boxer and a mixer. That Britt was able to make even a fair showing against him alone proved that the local youth bears watching. That Frankie did more than fairly well speaks volumes.

At the start of the mill, in the first two or three rounds, it began to look as if Moore both knew too much and was too clever for Ray Cass' lad. He tried himself out both at boxing and mixing with Britt and evidently decided after showing Britt up a bit in these early rounds to stick to mixing. This fact failed to disconcert Britt, though.

Moore Sailed In

Moore sailed in at Britt continually with both mitts flying and scores of times did he land both on the face and body with resounding thuds. But no matter how many times he hit or how hard he landed, Britt never hesitated at coming back at him. In the later rounds Frankie started shooting a straight left out which did a lot of bothering.

When the 10th was reached, Britt was the fresher boy of the two, but he had been too far outpointed to go into the lead. But he gave Moore quite a scare in the three final rounds. At the conclusion of the mill, Britt was unmarked while Moore bore several marks of the encounter, including a badly damaged right eye.

Proved a Flivver

The other end of the double wind up proved a flivver, for Terry Brooks matched against Walter Butler was a poor arrangement. Terry can only perform in one manner, and his style of loop the loop punching never is good against the work of a battler who can punch straight. Both boys may have been trying hard enough, but their results were not at all satisfying to the crowd. Brooks was on the short end up to the tenth, but by his heavy walloping in the last three rounds pulled the verdict out of the fire and got a draw.

Both six-round preliminaries were hot little sessions. In the opener, Al Gerard passed out an awful pasting to Joe Magee, despite the fact that he had a bad hand which he got in the bout with Tony Vatlin last week. Referee Conley got in bad with the crowd on this verdict, but he was very correct. In the other bout, Tony Vatlin got a win over Kid Thomas of Lawrence, in six hot sessions.

1916-09-06 The Evening Times (Pawtucket, RI) (page 6)
BOSTON, Sept. 6.--Frankie (Young) Britt, the New Bedford featherweight, had his championship aspirations punctured by Memphis Pal Moore in a 12-round bout at the Armory A. A. last night. Punctured is about all that happened, but the Whale City fighter can mend the damage easily enough in time. Moore won the decision by Referee Larry Conley, a hair line verdict at the best. A draw would have satisfied the rank and file, but Conley drew the line tight and awarded the verdict to Moore on the strength of a rally made by the southerner in the last four frames.

Britt started out like a sure enough winner, winding stiff rights and lefts to the visitor's face and body that left their impression every time they landed. The boxing was fast with the final round just as speedy as the first, when Britt did his best work. Moore's rally made near the finish of the bout, was of the sensational kind, but his blows lacked the force of those that Britt shot home. However, points are the main features in boxing matches these days and it was the greater number of blows landed by Moore that eventually won him the verdict.

Terry Brooks and Walter Butler opened the double all-star programme in the first 12-round bout. Their match resulted in a lackadaisical sort of an encounter for the most until Brooks got his swings working near the finish of the contest. Butler appeared afraid to get anywhere near Brooks at the start and the way they missed each other brought jeers from a number of the fans.

For a match that pointed toward a real fight fest the battle was a sorry disappointment. Butler plainly showed that he had not recovered from his setback by Joe Welling. Toward the finish of his bout last night Butler was subjected to some harsh treatment, a number of Brooks' swings landing hard enough to have the Reachmont boxer on the verge of distress.

Their bout was anything but what was expected. Brooks, making an earlier start, might have secured better than the draw verdict he was given.

Al Girard of the North End won a six-round decision over Joe Magee of New Bedford, and Tony Vatlan of Brighton added Kid Thomas of Lawrence to his unbroken string of victories, defeating the Machine City bantamweight in a spirited six-round bout.

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