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Sunday, September 11, 2011

1917-09-12 Benny Leonard ND6 Jimmy Paul; Johnny Dundee ND6 Jack Russell [Fairmont Athletic Club, Bronx, NY, USA]

1917-09-13 New-York Tribune (New York, NY) (page 13)
Leonard and Dundee Box for Army Fund

Benny Leonard and Johnny Dundee "played" with their opponents in the boxing show at the Fairmont Athletic Club last night, in aid of the Army Athletic Fund. These lightweights featured the principal bouts of a big card of exhibitions which pleased the crowd.

Leonard proved a phantom to Jimmy Paul in six rounds. The champion jabbed his opponent at will, and in the third round crossed over a hard right, sending Paul down for a count of five. The bout between Dundee and Joe Russell, who substituted for Joe Egan, proved even more interesting.

1917-09-13 The Evening World (New York, NY) (page 12)
Fairmont A. C.'s Show Adds Hundreds to Fund For Soldiers' Sport Outfit
Benny Leonard and Johnny Dundee Furnish Plenty of Real Action in Bouts.
Never before have such rattling contests been seen at a show in which the principals volunteered their services as took place last night at the Fairmont A. C., where Billy Gibson and Tom McArdle staged their big Army Athletic Fund fistic entertainment. The club was crowded. As the fans filed out many of them expressed their surprise at having seen such earnest fights for bouts in which most of the boxers contributed their services free.

The regular Fairmont Saturday night prices prevailed. The gross receipts were $1,019.50, but only $677.71 was turned over to the Army Athletic Fund with which to buy sport supplies for the New York soldiers, as the State tax, amounting to $75.79, and other expenses had to be deducted.

Champion Benny Leonard and his great lightweight rival, Johnny Dundee, the speedy Italian, were the magnets. Leonard had the gloves on with Jimmy Paul. The battle was just as hard fought as any the new titleholder has been in lately. He had his knockout punch on exhibition, as he floored the promising Harlemite in both the first and third rounds, but Paul managed to weather the storm.

In the sixth and final round of the contest Paul was staggered again, but he was on his feet at the final bell. Many thought that Leonard could have put Paul away had he not relented because of his admiration for Paul's gameness. At any rate it showed that Benny was trying to score a knockout when he floored Paul twice.

As soon as Leonard finished boxing he dressed hurriedly as he had to catch a train for Pittsburgh, where he boxed Phil Bloom to-morrow night. Billy Gibson, his manager, was anxious to get Benny into a taxi so they would not miss their train, but Benny told him that he had to go home first.

"Did you forget to take everything with you?" said Gibson.

"No," replied Benny, "but I want to kiss my mother goodby."

The bout in which Dundee figured was the best of the evening. He faced Jack Russo, a crack Italian boxer from New Orleans, who arrived here this week. It was nip and tuck every second of the six rounds in which they exchanged punches. At the end Dundee had a slight shade on his aggressive opponent.

Sammy Diamond and Young Zulu Kid, two fast bantams, fought a fast draw.

The only knockout of the night was that which Paul Edwards, the east side lightweight, scored over Cliff Morris, a colored fighter, who outweighed him ten pounds. The finish came in the second round.

Barney Williams, champion of the army and navy, was to have fought Edwards, but telephoned that he had hurt his arm in training.

Joe Bonds, the big heavyweight who boxes Jim Coffey to-night, was on hand to meet Tex McCarty, but the latter sent word that he was too ill to box. As there was no available heavyweight in the club, the notification from McCarty coming too late to permit Matchmaker McArdle rounding up a substitute, Bonds was compelled to spend the evening watching the bouts from a box.

The first bout brought together Sandy Taylor, colored, and Young Sheldon, the later winning easily after four rounds of fast fighting. Frankie Jerome and Young Sandy, two 105-pound lads, went at it hammer and tongs, with the former winning.

1917-09-13 The New York Times (New York, NY)
Champion Toys with Jimmy Paul--Dundee Beats Russell.

Benny Leonard, world's lightweight champion, last night gave Jimmy Paul, the Harlem lightweight, a thorough boxing lesson and, incidentally, a sound thrashing in their six-round exhibition which featured the program staged at the Fairmont A. C. in aid of the World's Army Athletic Fund. Leonard, making his superiority over his rival manifest to the large crowd from the start, seemingly eased up in his work when opportunities presented themselves for him to finish his rival, or the bout would have ended in a knockout victory for the champion long before the sixth round.

Another six-round exhibition brought together Johnny Dundee, the Italian lightweight, and Jack Russell of New Orleans. Both boxers worked hard and furnished an interesting setto, with Dundee outclassing and outgeneralling his opponent.

1917-09-13 The Sun (New York, NY) (page 13)
"World's" Army Athletic Fund Gains $687.

The boxing entertainment at the Fairmont A. C. last night for the benefit of the Evening World Army Athletic Fund was a gratifying success. The amount turned over to the fund was $687.

The boxing was spirited and the fact of two such noted lightweights as Benny Leonard, the lightweight champion, and Johnny Dundee appearing in bouts on their merits drew a large crowd.

Leonard met Jimmy Paul, a clever New York lightweight, who, while outpointed by the champion, gave a good account of himself. Dundee had as an opponent Jack Rosso, and this bout was full of pepper. The Italian won handily.

In the other six round bouts Frankie Jerome beat Jimmy Sandy, Sandy Taylor beat Young Shelton and Young Zulu Kid and Sammy Diamond boxed a draw.

The receipts will be devoted to the purchase of boxing gloves and other athletic apparatus for the American soldiers in France and in American camps.

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