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Friday, April 18, 2014

1901-02-13 Joe Gans W-DQ5 Wilmington Jack Daly [Eureka Athletic Club, Music Hall, Baltimore, MD, USA]

1901-02-14 Baltimore American (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
Smashed Almost Into Unconsciousness, the Wilmington Man Persisted in Breaking the Rules by Fighting in Clinches, Holding and Wrestling, and Was Disqualified, So that Joe Won His First Battle Since His Defeat by Terry McGovern--Dusky Boxer Proved as Great a General as Ever, and that He Has Lost None of His Powers Either as a Defensive Fighter or a Hard Hitter.
Joe Gans was given the decision over Jack Daly in the fifth round of a singularly fierce contest at the Music Hall last night. After two minutes and five seconds of the fifth round Referee Charley White sent the men to their corners and announced that Gans had won because Daly had been disqualified for holding, hitting in clinches and wrestling, all of which were violations of the rules, for which offenses Daly had been warned both by the referee and the police officials. In holding and in every way violating the rules of the combat Daly simply practiced a subterfuge to save himself from sure defeat.

As their previous performance had led people to believe, Gans and Daly made one of the very best fights ever seen in this city. It was Gans' first appearance since he was knocked out by McGovern. The colored lad had prepared faithfully for what he considered the beginning of another series of battles, to lead to another contest for top honors. Jack Daly, although he has been on the turf many moons, was also in excellent condition. The men were out to fight pure and simple--a fact that gave the contest its great value from the standpoint of a vicious struggle between veteran ringmasters who spar not for the beauty of the movements, but to do as much damage as possible to their opponents. They were aggressive, and wasted no time in fiddling or waiting for openings. Daly is notorious as a rough fighter, while Gans has an excellent reputation for living up to the rules.

Referee Warn Them.

Before the men started Referee Charley White, who had come from New York to run the mill, called them into the center of the ring and explained clearly that the bout was to be with clean breaks, no hitting in clinches, wrestling or holding. This was considered something of a handicap for Daly, who is credited with being best at infighting. Daly agreed, but from the start of the contest he continued to hold, fight in clinches and wrestle. Gans was willing enough to break at the word of the referee, but when Daly continued to chop on his kidneys, Gans sent in a few short arm-hooks that had terrible force and made Daly wish he had tried some gentler method. All through Referee White had a struggle trying to break the men. He forced his way between the struggling pugilists several times, and once warned Gans. He repeatedly warned Daly, but it did little good. Gans had the better of the battle all through. His quick, tigerlike movements seemed to defy Daly's well-known quickness of eye, and the dusky lad whipped his fists over Daly's defenses and landed blows on the face and body that would have completely knocked out a boxer of less strength than Daly. Gans was himself again, and his blocking was splendid. Daly made furious rushes, but Joe warded off the blows with neatness. The men were quickness personified. Daly's leg movement was fine, but even at sidestepping Gans outpointed him. Both were aggressive, and Daly stood up to his gruelling as all who knew him thought he would. He kept boring into Gans, and sometimes made the colored lad break ground, but it was not for long, as Gans was as eager to smash as was Daly.

Daly Refuses to Break.

From the start Daly rushed into clinches, and then almost refused to stop holding, and all the time he was trying to chop up Joe's kidneys in the way Wolcott defeated Fisher in this city. At long-arm fighting Daly was not in it with Gans. The colored man's hitting powers were tremendous, and the blows that he rained on Daly's eye, jaw, mouth and body continued to convince Daly that he might hold and wrestle to save an entire defeat. Although constantly warned, Daly continued these tactics until in the fifth round Referee White gave it up and sent the men to their corners, declaring Daly disqualified and Gans the winner. That Daly continued to hold to save himself was proven when, after the fight, he told Mr. White that the decision was a just one. At the time Daly was very groggy. He had withstood an inordinate amount of punishment, but he was growing weak, and his legs were going back on him. There is no reasonable doubt but that Gans would have knocked him out, as the colored man was his superior at the game in every respect--at blocking, hard hitting, judgment of distance, foot work, the use of his legs and his equal in aggressiveness.

Value of Good Police.

There was absent from the contest any symptom that would give the slightest suspicion of a fake, and it was refreshing to go through a battle in which no wise Willie sent out his voice in the land to flatter his own powers of observation by declaring the set-to a fake.

Between the rounds Deputy Marshal Farnan talked to Daly, evidently warning him against roughing it. The reason that boxing shows can take place in this city and are prohibited in many other places is because of the intelligent police supervision of such men as Deputy Marshal Farnan and Captain Cadwallader. By prohibiting hitting in clinches, roughing it and holding, the police here have succeeded in cutting out much that is bad about pugilism, so that it is tolerated here under proper control and regulations. The men fought from the tap of the gong, and being veterans and in good condition they gave such a genuine battle as is pleasing to the oldest ring enthusiast and that first inoculates the novice with that germ which makes him, in time, a veteran. During the battle Daly tried his famous chop blows, but Gans blocked every one of them and would always counter with terrific long-arm jabs. After the contest Gans said that the stomach blow that he gave Daly in the second round and the right-hand wallop on the jaw in the fifth made Daly so groggy that he knew he was facing a knockout, and wilfully violated the rules to save himself.

The Fight by Rounds.

The following account of the battle by rounds gives an excellent idea of how the blows were delivered.

First Round--Daly leads left and ineffectually swings right and clinched. Daly aims left and right, but Gans side-steps out of harm's way. They clinch and fight hard for each other's kidneys. Daly sends left to Gans' nose. There is fierce infighting, and Referee White had great difficulty in breaking them. Gans gets best of infighting and smashes Daly hard, long rights and lefts.

Second Round--The sparring opens easier. Gans lands left on face and has best of a short exchange. Gans lands hard right on body and stomach as they come to clinch. Daly leads and Gans blocks. Round closes with a clever exchange. No advantage.

Third Round.--Daly leads left and they make a clean break. Gans blocks left and right and they fight viciously with short jabs. Daly crosses left to jaw and Gans counters on wind. Daly slips forward and just misses getting a right uppercut that would have put him to sleep. They make rapid exchanges of long arm blows. Out of a mix Jack scores on nose, but Joe soon makes good with a wallop on body. At the end of round Gans shows the master and that he can handle Daly.

Fourth Round--Daly leads straight lefts; Gans blocks. Gans misses left straight; leads and lands hard right swing on face. Clinches follow. Daly follows Joe to ropes and lands right on body. Both punch hard in a clinch. Daly slaps right hard over Joe's kidneys as they clinch. Daly strong, but Gans shows to the good.

Fifth Round--Both come strong, and at once clinch. They clinch again, and White has trouble separating them. Daly whips left to kidneys. They collide and fight while hanging on ropes. Gans lands smashing right to jaw. They repeatedly clinch, and White fails to break them apart. White sends Daly to corner, and gives fight to Gans for Daly's holding and clinching. Gans wins.

Daly's seconds were Kid Howard, Billy Whistler and Scotty McIntire. Gans' seconds were Al Herford, Herman Miller and Harry Lyons.

The Two Preliminaries.

The first preliminary was between Joe Howard and George Leonard, colored lads. Howard won by outclassing his opponent. Herman Miller and Tom Wallace are running a serial-fight contest. Last night was their fifth attempt to smash each other into submission. After eight rounds Miller was given the decision. Miller is certainly a better boxer than Wallace at the present time, but Wallace keeps away from Miller's fists enough to keep alive. After the bout Wallace challenged Miller for a 20-round bout, and offered to bet $100 and put up a forfeit of $25. Miller now has affairs on with Wallace and "The Texas June Bug." Miller protests against the appellation "Highlandtown Duck," explaining that he is no longer a resident of Highlandtown, and that he is not a duck, but declaring his great desire to again jump on the "June Bug," just the same.

It was announced last night that the next contest would be between Tim Callahan, of Philadelphia, and Harry Lyons, February 28, at Germania Maennerchor Hall.

1901-02-14 Baltimore Morning Herald (Baltimore, MD) (page 4)
Wilmington Man Repeatedly Violated the Rules, Holding in the Clinches, and the Fight Was Given to the Baltimore Boy in the Fifth Round
The Gans-Daly bout, scheduled for 20 rounds last night at the Music Hall, came to an untimely end in the fifth round, when Daly was disqualified for holding in the clinches after being repeatedly warned.

Up to that time the battle had been all Gans' way. At no time did the Wilmington lad have even a look-in, and when he resorted to foul tactics in the fifth he was virtually out of it. Another round would have finished him. The men were to fight under straight Queensberry rules, and were so instructed by the referee, Charley White, but Daly began to violate the rules from the start and the referee's patience was sorely tried all through the bout. Finally, in the fifth, the violation became so fragrant that there was nothing left for the referee but to order the men to their corners and give the battle to Gans.

The fight while it lasted was fast and furious enough to satisfy the most exacting critic. Jack Daly has the reputation of being a rough and aggressive fighter, and he fully lived up to it last night. He started out like a whirlwind, and attempted to carry the war into Africa from the word go. But he found in Gans a tough customer and soon realized that the colored lad could do a little rough fighting himself. After the first two rounds the steam was taken out of Mr. Daly, and instead of being the aggressor he had all he could do to stand Gans off.

The Baltimore champion showed up in fine form. He had all his marvelous skill in leading and blocking, and besides a fierceness and aggressiveness that have not generally been credited to him. Whenever he landed a blow it told, and he landed too often to suit Daly.

The first round opened with fast fighting. Daly began rushing tactics at once, but all his leads were cleverly blocked and in the end he was met with a succession of left hooks which staggered him. The men fought furiously throughout this round, and the referee had his hands full separating them in the clinches.

The second round was a repetition of the first for speed, and ended with Gans ripping a stiff right in Daly's wind.

In the third Daly began to back away from those sharp left hooks, and it began to be clearly apparent that the Wilmington man was outclassed.

The fourth round opened with aggressive tactics on Gans' part. He went right after his man, and at the close staggered him with a hard right on the jaw.

When the bell sounded for the fifth the men came together, and there was a season of fierce infighting in which Gans showed up like a past master. Daly was done for and kept holding in the clinches. The referee cautioned him and tore the men apart, but the Wilmington fighter paid no heed. He was holding on like a drowning man to a straw, and there was nothing to do but to disqualify him. The decision was an eminently just one, and Daly admitted after the fight that the referee was right.

Gans was seconded by Al Herford, Harry Lyons and Herman Miller. In Daly's corner were Kid Howard, Billy Whistler and "Scotty" McIntyre. Charlie White, of New York, refereed.

This was the fourth meeting of the men. In one bout Gans was given the decision, while the other two were draws. Tomorrow night Gans will go to Hartford and meet Jack Downey.

As a curtain raiser to the evening's entertainment Joe Howard and Geo. Leonard, two colored lads, boxed five rounds, Howard getting the decision.

Preliminary to the star bout Herman Miller and Tom Wallace met for eight rounds. The bout was a pretty one and pleased the spectators. Wallace started off well, but at the end Miller wore him down and was given the decision.

Wallace afterward made a public announcement that he would meet Miller and stop him in 20 rounds for a side bet of $100. Miller promptly called this bluff and deposited with the sporting editor of the Herald $25 as a forfeit to bind a match. This money will be up three days for Wallace to cover if he means business.

1901-02-14 The Sun (Baltimore, MD) (page 6)
Referee White Stops Daly For Hitting In Clinches.
Many Believed He Would Have Been Knocked Out A Few Seconds Later On--The Preliminary.

There were nearly 1,000 persons in Music Hall last night to see Joseph Gans and Wilmington Jack Daly box a 25-round match. It lasted less than five rounds, Daly being disqualified by Referee Charles White, who had come from New York to officiate.

There was no dissent when the referee sent Daly to his corner and awarded the battle to Gans. The referee gave as the reasons for his decision Daly's continuous holding and hitting in clinches, despite numerous warnings.

The fifth round lasted 2 minutes and 5 seconds, and it was the general feeling that had the round gone the full 3 minutes' limit Gans would have stopped Daly, despite the latter's tactics. Daly did not object when the referee sent him to his corner, but two minutes later he objected to the decision which awarded the fight to Gans. Then Daly said Gans had been doing as much foul work as he had done. On the other hand, Gans said he had taken much of the fight out of Daly in the second round, by a punch upon the abdomen and early in the fifth round a stiff left on the jaw had put Daly at the mercy of the enemy. Daly knew this, said Gans, and showed good judgment in getting disqualified, instead of waiting for an inevitable knockout.

Baltimorean's Good Shape.

Gans was in good shape, but Daly did not appear to be trained for a contest that was to last over three rounds. At 3 P. M. the men weighed. Daly tipped the scale at 135 pounds, but Gans did not raise the beam. As soon as the weighing was over Daly remarked that he had only weighed 134½ pounds an hour before when he emerged from a Turkish bath. Then Daly was handed a pint bottle of something that looked like strong beef tea, which he drank. He dressed and started off with his trainers for a hotel, where it was said he slept until 9 P. M. Gans dressed leisurely and went out for a short walk.

Gans appeared confident of winning. He was much interested in his trip to Hartford, Conn. He said he would start for Hartford this morning with his manager, Al Herford, and would there tomorrow night box Jack Downey. There was nothing to prevent his leaving on an early train today, as he escaped any sort of hurt last night.

When Gans and Daly entered the ring last night Referee White called them to the center and explained the conditions of the fight. The guaranteed purse was $1,000. The winner was to get $750 and the loser $250. The men were to box 25 rounds; the boxing was to be under Marquis of Queensbury rules, but with clean breaks and no hitting in clinches.

Daly had "Kid" Howard, "Billy" Whistler and "English" Scotty in his corner. Gans had Al Herford, Herman Miller and Harry Lyons. Ernault Gebhart was official timer.

The battle by rounds was as follows:

Daly's Fierce Start.

Round 1. Daly started in fiercely and forced Gans to a clinch. It was the one clinch in the fight in which no hitting was done. They broke at command of the referee, but Daly was back at Gans like a flash, and a quick, fierce mix at short-arm work ensued. During part of this neither man had but one free arm.

The referee butted in and sent the men to their corners. he cautioned them about such work and again repeated the main conditions of the fight--that neither was to hit in clinches. They both verbally assented to the ruling, but had not faced each other for 10 seconds before a second mix ensued and rules were thrown to the winds and the referee was kept busy breaking the clinches.

Gans showed in this close work that his boxing away from home, where he has had to protect himself when hitting with a free arm was permitted, had made him clever at this work. Daly was aggressive, but he did no hurt.

Gans' Straight Blows.

Round 2. Gans tried left straight blows for Daly's jaw. Daly took several of these, but now and then succeeded in doing what few boxers had done--reach Gans' body good and hard. Gans shifted his tactics and Daly did the leading. This was Daly's error. Gans blocked him neatly, and, though Daly succeeded in landing three blows on the face and head, Gans, who had awaited his chance, shot his right into Daly's abdomen and the blow did much damage.

Round 3--Daly did not profit by his sad experience, but again started to lead for Gans' face. He landed lightly twice and thought he had a mark he could reach. He aimed a half swing for Gans' jaw. It was what Gans was waiting for; Gans moved about two inches, Daly missed. Gans was prepared to cross Daly, but when Daly missed he slipped to the floor. Gans had to change his blow from a straight counter to an uppercut. He did it, but not in time or the battle would have been over then and there.

Daly laughed, but Gans, while Daly was getting to his feet, struck one glove against the other and looked a picture of a man who had let a good thing slip by. Just before the end of the round Gans got in a good hard one on Daly's body.

Tried Finish Too Soon.

Round 4--Daly again started to lead, and after a second futile attempt Gans got a left on Daly's jaw that turned the Wilmingtonian's head toward home. Then Gans started in to finish matters, but Daly was right there and got in a couple of facers. They were not strong enough to do much damage, and Gans of all men knew it.

He went at Daly fast and strong, but the gong prevented his ending the matter, as he looked determined to.

But This Ended It.

Round 5--Gans started in to finish the work left undone in the fourth round. Daly went to a clinch and did some wrestling. Every time Gans led Daly went to a clinch and jabbed and hit whenever he could get a free hand. The referee showed much patience. Several times White forcibly broke the men apart. There was not much fight left in Daly, and his method of losing was one that an old ring general like he would naturally resort to.

Gans and Daly have fought four times. Gans had one decision before last night's. The other two were draws.

The Curtain-Raisers.

The first preliminary was between Jos. Howard and George Leonard, colored, featherweights. It was billed for five rounds, but Manager Herford stopped it in the middle of the fifth round, after Howard had knocked Leonard down, and he awarded the set-to to Howard. Neither was much hurt.

The second preliminary was between the old-time rivals, Herman Miller and Thos. Wallace. They had met three times previously. Twice there was no decision and once the decision was given to Miller.

In last night's 8-round set-to Miller had the battle well in hand from start to finish and at the end of the bout was awarded the decision.

Wallace then challenged Miller for a 20-round fight, and Miller posted $25 to find the match for a side bet of $100.

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