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Volume 1 No 1 - 11 June 2007

John L Sullivan's Barnstorming Tour

A GROUP of sporting1 men sat around a table in a Broadway cafe talking of fighters who are now classed as has-beens and of those who now loom high on the pugilistic horizon. One of the group was Frank Moran, who was at one time John L. Sullivan's manager. Some one remarked that John L. was still up and doing, for, although he is old and fat, he is said to have knocked out a heavy weight in a Western city a few weeks ago.

The mention of the ex-champion's name brought forth many reminiscences of the fighter, and it was Moran who told the best ones. "Soon after Sullivan whipped Paddy Ryan," said Moran, "Al Smith conceived the idea of having him make a tour of this country. That was in 1883, when the big fellow was in tiptop shape

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Broughton's fight with Slack can by no standard be called great, but it has its peculiar importance
in showing us how a certain degree of skill hampered by over-confidence and lack of training
may be at the mercy of courage, strength, and enterprise. Broughton's knowledge of boxing,
compared with the science of Jem Belcher and Tom Spring, must have been negligible; but years
of practice must have taught him something. As far as we can gather, Slack knew less than a
small boy in his first term at school. He was a butcher by trade, and one day at Hounslow Races
he had " words " with the champion, who laid about him with a horse-whip. Thereupon Slack
challenged Broughton, and the fight took place at the Amphitheatre on April l0th, 1750.

How Jim Coffey Got his start In the Boxing Game
Irish Giant Began Boxing Career Four Years ago Tonight

The fourth anniversary of Coffey's ring debut is almost coincident with his twenty fifth birthday,
for the January of 1891 was nearing its close when Coffey first opened his eyes upon the world
at Roscommon, Ireland. He was christened James Joseph, and grew up Into a big broth of a lad
working on his fathers farm, attending school occasionally and wrestling with the neighbor boys.

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Volume 1- No 3 - 28 July , 2007
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The Days of Finish Fights By Joe Choynski
Story section Free press Winnipeg Saturday January 8,1927

Finish Fight With Corbett
Chapter 5

After Corbett and I had fought four rounds at Fairfax the Sheriff ( who thought the contest was over) arrived and stopped the scrap. The contest had been fairly even, with, little harm, done to either. A week later, by agreement we resumed fighting on a grain barge owned by Tom Williams, Corbett's wealthy backer, in the Straits of Carquinez; for twenty seven, rounds we fought with more ring craft than nine-tenths of present-day fighters possess. My seconds were
Jack Dempsey (the original Nonpariel ) and Eddie Graney .In Corbett's corner were Walter Watson and Billy Delaney.
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19 June 1910
That Solar Plexus Blow
Robert Fitzsimmons v James J Corbett
17 March 1897.

Articles for a fight for the championship of the world between the title holder James J. Corbett. and the middleweight champion, Robert Fitzsimmons, were signed a few days before Christmas, 1896. The promoter of this battle, which was fought in Carson City, Nev., was Dan Stuart, of Texas, who had demonstrated his ability in affairs of this sort. Stuart was known the country over
as a square man, who always was anxious to make good his word, and with him at the head of affairs the followers of pugilism rested in full confidence that the contest would be in every way above suspicion

Oakland Tribune 28 Dec 1912
Moran No Longer On List Of White Hopes
Gunboat Smith Wallops Pittsburg Boy In One Sided Battle; No Knockout

Scratch Frank Moran's entry in the white hope stakes and substitute Jim Buckley's able seaman, "Gunboat" Smith. Over at Dreamland rink across the bay last night the Gunboat gave Moran one of the most artistic trimmings landed a boxer in this section in many a long day. The scrap went the full twenty rounds but there was never a round that could be called Moran's. Right from the tap of the gong Smith started to give the red topped Pittsburg lad a boxing lesson, and he kept up the good work until Moran was wobbling about the ring when the final bell rang.

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thanks . there are over 100 editions done so far so will take a few posts to do them all

The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 1- No 5 - 11[SUP]th[/SUP] August , 2007
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The following has been adapted from a series of 6 extensive articles published in 1919.
and Written, with illustrations, by Jack Monroe. 5 of the completed articles are currently
available on the web site and extracts are presented here .

A history of Boxing
Has there ever been a championship fight between heavyweights In the American
prize ring that didn't bear the label "The Ring Battle of the Century ?" If there has it's
one me. And I've followed the game from both the boxer's and the spectator's
standpoint for many years. The trite phrase has accompanied each ring conflict from
the first battle for the title between Jake ( Jacob ) Hyer and Tom Beasley in 1816 down
to the scheduled mill in Toledo on the Fourth of July as seemingly an important a Part of
the mechanism of big fisticuffs as a main spring is to a watch. Oddly, enough, though,
every championship encounter waged within the past century has contained some
feature which seems to justify such a title. Ever stop to think of it.?
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HOPE" (1878-1946)

WHEN STEVE BRODIE dived from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886, his name reached into a wretched ***** cabin in Galveston, Texas, and so stirred a ragged ***** boy of twelve
that he made up his mind to go to New York and meet Brodie in person. This flash of fancy, little as the black boy could have guessed it, was to lead him to the world's heavyweight championship, the most highly prized athletic honor since Onomastos won the belt at the thirteenth Olympic Games in 880 B.C.

The boy, John Arthur Johnson, L'il Arth'uh, as he was known to his companions, tried to stow away on a ship bound for New York, but was caught and put off. Finally, after several
weeks he succeeded, but soon after the ship left, he was put off at Key West, where he
found work as a sponge fisher in the shark-infested waters, and had a narrow escape from
being eaten alive.

New York Times - 26 December 1908
*****'s Punishment of Champion Burns Causes Authorities to End Bout.

Jack Johnson, the big ***** from Galveston, Texas is the world's champion, heavyweight pugilist. He won the title to-day in the big arena at Ruschutters Bay from Tommy Burns,
the French-Canadian, who had held it since James J. Jeffries relinquished it, and after a chase of Burns that had led half way round the world.
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The Syracuse Herald - 11 December 1918
Jim Corbett's column

Thirty years ago next February Jack McAuliffe battled with Billy Meyers in a contest that had a 'life or death aspect for, McAuliffe.

The Bridgeport Telegram 18 December 1927
Fight Is Stopped In Seventh Round After Referee had Warned Spaniard
Delaney Had Made No Protest When referee Stopped Bout , Crowd Of 35,000 Astonished

Yankee Stadium - New York - Starting a come-back in his debut as a full fledged heavyweight. Jack Delaney scored a hollow victory tonight over Paulino Uzcudun, the Spanish woodchopper, on a foul In the seventh round of a 15-round match. Coming on top of the disputed Dempsey-Sharkey battle and ending, by coincidence in the same round but with a different result, the finish aroused almost as much uproar and controversy.

First Impression, October, 1922


AT the time of writing this chapter, Joe Beckett is the Heavy-weight Champion of England, and has been ever since the contest described below when, on February 27th, 1919, he first met Bombardier Wells. He is not a very good champion. His skill is not of the first order, and he has neither the height nor weight to supply his deficiencies. Carpentier disposed of him in a round, because Carpentier is incomparably the better boxer. Wells is also a better boxer so far as skill one might almost say " mere "skill goes, but as someone said of him once, " He's too bally refined," which is a better description of the Bombardier than most loose generalisations. He is too bally (and I might dare also to add "blinking ") refined, both in his style of boxing and in his appearance
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Tommy Ryan 1911 articles In 1911 Tommy Ryan wrote a series of articles for the Syracuse Herald entitled
"Nineteen Years In The Ring", the story of the life and battles Of Tommy Ryan, retired middleweight champion of the world as written by himself.

It is I believe the custom to start a story of a persons life history with the facts of his birth. I shall doubtless surprise some of my readers by statements which I shall make in this as well as the other articles.


If you were to mention the name T.A.Dorgan with regard to boxing I think few people would have any clue as to who he was. However , the mention of the name TAD would elicit a very different response. As a collector of old newspaper articles and cartoons I have long admired his work but not till very recently knew much about the man behind some of the best fight reports, and artwork, produced over some twenty or more years.

This lovely tribute to TAD was published on 23rd June 1929
Dry or Hilarious Wit, Near the End.

No man ever loved life more tumultuous, zestful, jovial life. No man ever had a harder fight to
live at all. And "Tad" is dead. His "dime-a-dozen ticker." as he called his ailing heart, has
ticked out., But T. A. Dorgan, the cartoonist whose sense of humor raised him into a class by
himself in the affections of young and old everywhere, wouldn't want any "tear squeezing" now. He hated "sob" stories about him when he was alive, and his astounding courage, his uproarious vitality in the face of extraordinary odds, tempted many a writer to play up the jinxes that Tad conquered.

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Volume 1- No 9 - 15 September 2007
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Nevada State Journal - 27 September 1942

Old time fight fans in Nevada, those who remember Tex Rickard and his early promotional
ventures, probably consider the Jeffries- Johnson fight in Reno, on the Fourth of July in 1910,as
the outstanding event in the state's Pugilistic Golden Age. From a financial point of view, the
attending galaxy of "names'" at the ringside and the news significance of the upset that Johnson's
victory brought about, the fight far exceeded in importance the loss of Jim Corbett's title to Bob
Fitzsimmons at Carson City on St. Patrick's Day in 1897. But that was before Tex Rickard and
the $100,000 purse he offered for the Jeffries-Johnson fight.

Reno Evening Gazette - 3 September 1906
The Fighters Touch Scales At weight
Ten Thousand Spectators

ARENA, Goldfield, September 3.
That part of Goldfield which slept last evening awoke early this morning to the brightest and
most perfect September day that can be imagined.. At 9 o'clock nearly every resident of the
mining town was on the main streets to greet the throng of visitors that had arrived on the trains
during the night. That busy artery of traffic; was soon congested, and at 9 o'clock, when the
bands began to play, the various holiday sports started up and the crowd was fairly awake, the
scene was one to thrill the most sluggish blood of strangers and "Old Timers" alike

First Impression, October, 1922
Edited version

Frank Slavin, as we have seen, was one of those boxers of the transition period who overlapped.
He had fought both with bare knuckles and with gloves. Both he and Peter Jackson were
Australians, and both claimed the championship of that country. The contest at the National
Sporting Club was said to be for the World's Championship, but that is a phrase which on no
occasion means very much. All that matters for our present purpose is that the match was an
important one between two fine and evenly matched men.
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The Kokomo Tribune - 19 September 1933
Levinsky Wins Decision In Clash With Sharkey

Chicago, Sept. 18 King Levinsky won the decision over Jack Sharkey, former worlds heavyweight champion, in a savage ten round battle tonight. It was the first bout Sharkey has
fought since he was knocked out , losing the title to Primo Carnera, three months ago.
Fight by rounds

Wisconsin State Journal 13 June 1930
William Muldoon Disagrees, Believes Sharkey's Blow Fair
Tunney Calls It a Foul; Newspaper Men Almost Unanimous That Punch Was Low

William Muldoon, dean of the New York state athletic commission and co-donor of the Tunney -
Muldoon heavyweight championship trophy, disagreed today with the almost unanimous
opinion that Max Schmeling was fouled by Jack Sharkey in their titular bout at Yankee stadium
Thursday night.

The Syracuse Herald - 3rd May 1911
Inside The Ring With Great Fighters
By Charley White

Frank Erne was a strong, sturdy fellow and he always believed in having plenty of food, whether he was in or out of training. He was particularly fond of heavy, rich foods, and he seldom sat down to eat a meal but what he partook of some light wine.
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Dempsey-v-Jack Sharkey 1927
The Bridgeport Telegram - 22 July 1927
Knockout Comes as Sudden Climax to Most Dramatic Battle Ever Staged.

YANKEE STADIUM. New York. July 21 . The rip tearing Jack Dempsey of old came back tonight to smash his way to a spectacular knockout victory over Jack Sharkey the young Boston heavyweight, and gained the height to ft return title match with Gene Tunney.

Salinas Jack Burns
Tribune Page of Sports - 13 Jan 1910
Jack Burns Earns Decision Over Tim O'Neil
JACK BURNS, the Salinas heavyweight and conqueror of "Gunboat" Smith, punched, pushed, fought and chased himself to victory over Tim O'Neil last night in the. Ten round main event scrap of the Oakland Wheelmen show. To say the contest was highly interesting from the standpoint of boxing would be wrong. It was really too one-sided to become very interesting from that angle for Burns had the better of every round, with the possible exception of the first one.

Jefferson City Post Tribune 16 February 1929
Here is the first chapter of the story of Young Stribling's life, written exclusively for the
Post-Tribune and NBA Service, Milton K. Wallace of Macon, Ga., a life-long friend of the Striblings. This series on Stribling's colorful life brings out interesting chapters never before revealed. Daily chapters will follow in this newspaper until the completion of the series

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The Warren Tribune - 27 July 1928
Tunney Easily Retains His Crown
Pummels Heeney To Win By Technical Knockout In 11[SUP]th[/SUP] Round Of Championship Bout

Gene Tunney is secure in his niche today among the great fighters of history. A rebuilt Tunney, a Tunney with a punch, sledged his way to victory last night over Tom Heeney, as stout hearted a
boxer as ever waged a hopeless fight. Referee Eddie Forbes stopped the bout after two minutes and 52 seconds of the eleventh round. Heeney was limp against the ropes and Tunney was measuring him up for a knockout. It would have been the first time in his career that the count of ten had been tolled over the challenger.

Nevada State Journal - 18 December 1952
New Champion Batters Loser
Over Full 15 Round Route
ST. LOUIS, Mo, Dec. 17.

Archie Moore, 36-year-old of San Diego, Calif, gave Joey Maxim a thorough battering tonight and wrested the world light heavyweight championship from him on a unanimous 15-round decision before 12,610 in the arena here.- Moore, who had been the scourge of the 175-
pound division for nearly a decade without getting a title shot, made the most of his opportunity tonight in a fight that set a new Missouri gate record of $89,487.


IN one respect the most remarkable fight in the whole history of the Prize-Ring was an
unimportant affair, so far as title or money goes, between Jack Lane, commonly known as "Hammer," and Yankee Sullivan, an East-End Londoner born of Irish parents who had emigrated to America. Lane in training weighed 10 stone 10 Ib. He was twenty-six years of age, and
hitherto his most considerable battles had been with Owen Swift, whom he beat; and a black man
who had taken the celebrated name of Molyneux, and who had beaten him.

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The Anaconda Standard 15 April 1914
Dillon Easy Winner In Levinsky Tangle
Jack Dillon stung in the fifth round by the hardest punch Battling Levinsky could muster, tore into the New Yorker in their fight at the Holland arena last night and from then on piled up a big lead which he topped off with having Levinsky weary and wobbly in the final round. Dillon outboxed, outfought and outgeneraled Levinsky, who was game but not aggressive enough to mix with Jack.

Tribune Sports 23 Nov 1907
by Eddie Smith

Owen Moran Proves Too Clever For Frankie Neil
With just a slight tinge of suspicion, those who follow the boxing game the closest entered the Dreamland Pavilion last night to witness the Owen Moran- Frankie Neil contest. This suspicion was brought on by the peculiar change in the betting which changed from 10 to 7 with Neil the
favorite to 10 to 8 with Moran on the long end.

The Indianapolis Star 23 Feb 1911
Dillon Takes Rank As Leading Middleweight
Indiana Boy Too Fast For Gardner
Shows His Class by Boxing Clever
Easterner to Standstill Before Big Crowd.

Jack Dillon demonstrated before a crowd that packed the Virginia Avenue Auditorium to the
guards last night that he is as good as any middleweight in the game today. Whatever qualms
of fear we admirers may have had when Dillon was matched with Gardner were set at rest when the youngster more than held his own with Jimmy Gardner, the clever Eastern middleweight who
gave Frank Klaus a severe beating not long ago.

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Volume 1- No 14 - 20th October 2007
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Dubuque Telegraph Herald - 16 November 1901
Jeffries Is the Victor
Ruhlin Gives Up In The fifth Round And Retires
San Francisco Nov 16
In one of the most unsatisfactory prize fights ever witnessed in this country James J. Jeffries proved to be the victor last night over Gus Ruhlin, the "Akron Giant" in the fifth round of what was to have been a twenty round struggle.

The Daily Advocate , Newark, Ohio 9 December 1892
Prize Fight Between Joe Goddard and Peter Maher
The Australian and the Irishman Have a Terrific Battle, but It Only Lasted
Three Rounds and Peter Maher Was Knocked Out.

There was never a fight in this country that created less betting than that last night at the
Coney Island Athletic club between Joe Goddard, the unbeaten and alleged champion of the Barrier, (the Barrier is a name for a locality in Australia), and Peter Maher, the so-called Irish champion.

Idaho Daily Statesman 10 June 1897
Big Fight Declared a Draw
Police Stop Fight Between Maher and Sharkey In The Seventh Round
Decision of The Referee Given In Accordance With The Agreement Made

Peter Maher and Tom Sharkey fought Tonight at the Palace Athletic club for a $15,000 purse .At the end of the seventh round, the police interfered and the contest resulted in a most unsatisfactory manner

Fort Wayne Journal 19 August 1917
by Robert Edgren
McCoy" -was a stage burglar, but that didn't make any difference to Norman Selby He
liked the name and he didn't - want to fight under his own. Since that day Kid McCoy has
had a life of adventure such as no other boxer can boast He has been a world champion.
He has fought In Africa, England, France and America. He has traveled on brake beams and in private cars. He has sold diamonds, automobiles and horses. And to-day, in khaki, he is awaiting the chance -for the "great adventure" Beside which all others are mere petty incidents of-life.

The Dubuque Herald 5 June 1900
Siler On The Pugilists
The Famous Chicago Referee Talks Of The Ryan - McCoy Fight
He Strongly Favors The Loser
Fully ten thousand persons Saw Tommy Ryan and "Kid" McCoy go through six rounds of
fighting at top speed at Tattersall's Tuesday night. Interest in the contest had been at fever
heat for days before the night set for the meeting. Each had admirers, and arguments as to their
respective merits were us numerous as flies around a molasses barrel in hot weather.

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The Waterloo Times Tribune - 29 November 1912
Ad Wolgast Steps Down, Ritchie Up Lightweight Champion Pug Of The World Is Dead
Long Live The Champ

Willie Ritchie, of San Francisco, became the lightweight champion, of the world by defeating Ad
Wolgast this afternoon, at the Daly City open air arena, referee Jim Griffin awarding him the
decision in the sixteenth round. Wolgast had fouled him twice.

Oakland Tribune - 11th October 1917
Ritchie Tries To Cover Defeat By Weight Protests Farrell Proves Himself
Better In Fast battle
Ritchie Gets In Bad By Misrepresenting Own Weight ;Farrell Over Weight

Willie Ritchie never stopped so many blows and never missed so many of his own swings in any fight in his career as he did last night when Marty Farrell of New York made good the predictions that he would prove too clever a man for the former lightweight champion

Burlington Daily Times 27 Feb 1957
Fights I Can't Forget
Cross's head Hit Canvas So Hard He Woke Up And Flattened Bedell
By Nat Fleischer

It lacked the glamour of a real championship match. It didn't Roll up a record attendance or gate receipts. But when Leach Cross and Joe Bedell started their bout, it quickly became a ring

The Salt lake Tribune - 2nd January 1926
Shade Scores Easy Victory
Californian Wins Ten Round Go Over Todd in Decisive Fashion.

Dave Shade of California scored a decisive victory over Roland Todd, English middleweight, In a ten-round match, the feature attraction on the New Year's card at Madison Square Garden
tonight. Shade did everything but knock out his English opponent. He floored him for a count of two In the third round, but the Englishman remained vertical during the remainder of the fight despite- Shade's tremendous punching power


Britton, Old As Champs Go, Still Leader
Like Wine, Welter Title Holder Gets Better as He Gets Older.
He Trains Hard But He Doesn't Make a Grind of Holding Honors.

Jack Britton, welterweight champion, is one of' the most remarkable, of All titleholders. He is a better fighter at 37 than he was ten years ago. Dan Morgan, his manager, ever since Jack began to work up to the championship, writes me a few interesting lines about the welter king.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel - 5 April 1919

Jack Britton has "busted right through" old ring tradition by knocking out Ted Kid Lewis In nine rounds. According to said ring tradition Britton ought to be among the half forgotten ex-champions by this time, and here he Is again, wearing the crown in the welterweight class, and winning it back by knocking out the man who took It from him on June 26, 1917, nearly two years ago.

McFarland and Welsh Fight Draw
Both Men In Fine Form And They Strove Valiantly
Los Angeles July 5, 1908

In as fast a bout as ever witnessed in tills city, Packy McFarland, of Chicago, and Freddie Welsh, .of England, went twenty five rounds to draw.

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Volume 1- No 16 - 16 November 2007
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The Lima News 23 May 1926

Pete Latzo-a miner; by day, and a pugilistic celebrity' by night!
There's the unique double role played by the newly crowned king of the welterweights - the boy who conquered the great Mickey Walker. For the last six years, this 23 year-old product
of the coal mining region has worked the two way shift.

The Titusville Herald 17 July 1928

Wins Decision Over Pete Latzo by Margin of One Round.
Miner Rushes Champ Through Battle, But Winner Is Too Clever For Him.

WILKES-BARRE, July 16.-While rain hovered in the sky and seats and the ring alike sogged under an early downfall, pudgy Pete Latzo. pride of this anthracite mining center, battled with all the viciousness and pride of a kid fighting in his own back yard but in vain-tonight for Tommy Loughran's light heavyweight championship.

The Bridgeport Telegram - 13 December 1927

Loughran's Rush in Final
Rounds Wears Slattery Down
Buffalo Youngster Chooses to Swap Punches with Philadelphia
Rival after Loughran Wears Him down with
Body Blows-Crowd Is Dissatisfied with Decision
By Edward J Neil

The light heavyweight championship of the world, a diadem disputed for months between the representatives of the New York State Athletic commission and the National Boxing association rested tonight on the curly-headed thatch of Tommy Loughran. Sturdy heavy fisted youngster from Philadelphia.

Nevada State Journal 9 August 1925

Shade Wins Decision Over Schoell In Fast 10 Rounds
San Francisco Aug 8
Dave Shade, Concord, Cal., outstanding challenger for the welterweight title, took a 10-
round decision tonight over Frankie Schoell, Buffalo, N. Y. The bout was held in the ball park
here. The decision was never in doubt. Schoell's only chance seemed to be to put over a knockout. Throughout the battle Shade was on the aggressive. He rushed Schoell from rope to
rope, swinging terrific rights and lefts, many of which landed solidly. Several times Schoell was
in distress.

Soldier Bartfield

The Bridgeport Telegram 21 June 1921

Lou Bogash welterweight champion of New England and one of the leading contenders for
Jack Britton's crown, won on a technical knockout from Soldier Bartfield in the third -
round of their scheduled fifteen round bout at the Arena last night. -. Bartfield claimed to have
injured his left arm in the second round of the bout but continued to fight with the arm
dangling; useless by his side until the boxing commissioners ordered Referee Terry Lee to
stop the bout.

Benny Leonard
Leonard is cleaning up big bankroll - 1919 news report

Benny Leonard world's lightweight champion, is cleaning up a bank roll a hound dog
couldn't jump over with a springboard and a running start.

Nevada State Journal - 27 July 1922
Ringside, Jersey City July 27

Benny Leonard, world lightweight boxing champion, successfully defended his title Against Lew Tendler of Philadelphia in a 12-round no decision contest tonight, earning, in the opinion
of a majority of sports writers at the ringside, a narrow shade in a great struggle.
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The Titusville Herald 17 July 1928

Wins Decision Over Pete Latzo by Margin of One Round.
Miner Rushes Champ Through Battle, But Winner Is Too Clever For Him.

WILKES-BARRE, July 16.-While rain hovered in the sky and seats and the ring alike sagged under an early downfall, pudgy Pete Latzo, pride of this anthracite mining center, battled with all the viciousness and pride of a kid fighting in his own back yard but in vain-tonight for Tommy Loughran's light heavyweight championship. Game as his stand was, furious as his gallant attack, the brown skinned youth was forced to bow for the second time this season to the mastery of the Philadelphian.

The Bridgeport Telegram 13 December 1927
Loughran's Rush in Final
Rounds Wears Slattery Down
Buffalo Youngster Chooses to Swap Punches with Philadelphia
Rival after Loughran Wears Him down with Body Blows-Crowd Is Dissatisfied with Decision
By Edward J Neil

Madison Square Garden , New York, Dec. 12. The light heavyweight championship of the world, a diadem disputed for months between the representatives of the New York State Athletic commission and the National Boxing association rested tonight on the curly headed thatch of Tommy Loughran. Sturdy heavy fisted youngster from Philadelphia.

The Billings Gazette 8 October 1927
Irishman Loses His crown Over Decision Route
Philadelphian Lifts Light Heavyweight Crown From Veteran in 15-Round Fight.

New York, Oct. 7.
Tommy Loughran of Philadelphia Friday night lifted the light heavyweight championship from Mike McTigue, getting the Judges decision at the end of 15 rounds. The contest was marked by frequent claims of fouls in the early rounds, but there also was much heavy punching.

The Salt Lake Tribune 6 February 1929
Loughran Gains Decision Over Emanuel Jewish Barrister Bows for Second time

Tommy Loughran, the Philadelphia light-heavyweight champion, won a ten-round
decision from Armand Emanuel of San Francisco before more than 10,000 fans who packed the Olympic auditorium here tonight. Loughran, the master boxer, scared Emanuel with a fancy assortment of lefts and rights to win a decisive victory and earn the right to meet Paolino Uzcudun or possibly a shot at the winner of the Sharkey Stribling bout.

The Billings Gazette 19 July 1929
Champ Easily Outpoints Jersey Jimmy
15 Rounds In Defense Of His Crown

YANKEY S T A D I U M , New York, J u l y 18.-(AP) -
Tommy Loughran dispelled all doubt about his ability to dominate the light heavyweight division Thursday night by administering a sound thrashing to his youthful New Jersey challenger, Jimmy Braddock, In 15 rounds that for the most part were dull and one-sided.

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Volume 1- No 18 Part 1- 6 December 2007
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Tex Rickard - one of the true legends of sport
Waterloo Evening Courier 9th January 1929
He Was My Pal Said Many Men In Varied Walks
Tex Rickard Born Jan , 1870, Early Encountered Stirring Success

Following is the first chapter of "The Life of Tex Rickard," written by George Kirksey of the United Press sports staff, who was with the late promoter at Miami Beach up to the time of his death. Additional chapters, probably 10 in number, will follow daily. The story is based upon facts obtained by Kirksey up to the time or Rickard's illness, and on information gathered from many parts of the country from men and women who knew Rickard from boyhood, including his 81- year old mother in Seattle, who contributed largely to the first chapter.

"He was my pal." It was said of Tex Rickard by many men in varied walks of life; by cowboys and millionaires, prize fighters and society men. But it remained for his 81-year-old mother, when she learned of his death, to plumb the depth of the sincerity of his extraordinary character by saying: "George was my pal." The man who rode a trail to fortune from the ranches of the far west to the heights of showmanship and unparalleled success as a promoter .was christened George Lewis Rickard. His nickname of Tex, by which the world came to know him, was
given him during his early manhood. His mother never liked it. "He was always George Lewis to me," she said.
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Tex Rickard - one of the true legends of sport


Chapter 6
Rickard Always Ready To Take A chance

"I always took a chance" Tex Rickard said one time in discussing his career. This was true not only in his boxing promotion but of all his business ventures as well. It was known by almost everyone along Broadway that Tex was a "sucker" for get rich quick schemes, inventions and wild gambles. After the Johnson - Jeffries fight Rickard was severely criticized for promoting a
heavyweight championship between a whit man and a *****. Race riots broke out in many large cities and many lives lost. It is understood that Rickard took this to heart and vowed never again to promote a mixed bout for the heavyweight championship and he never broke his vow.
The Boxing Biographies Newsletter
Volume 1- No 19 - 15 December 2007
Contents summary

Reno Evening Gazette 27 September1927
Max Baer Pushes Toward Title Contest

When the plans for the next important heavyweight battle are made, it is going to be difficult to overlook Max Baer, the handsome entrant from Livermore, Cal. In the Chicago stadium, same ring where he flattened Ernie Schaaf of Boston, less than a month ago, Baer last night definitely eliminated Tuffy Griffiths, game youngster from Sioux City, la, from consideration as a championship contender by a technical knockout triumph in the seventh round. Had Baer cared to, he might even have accomplished the elimination as early as the fourth round.

Oakland Tribune 28 December 1929

Risko Loses To Griffiths In Hard Battle
Tuffy Makes great Showing
To Take Decision After Ten Rounds Of Rough Ring Work

Tuffy Griffiths, the leaden-fisted thumper from Sioux City, Iowa, moved up to the contender class in the heavyweight division by hammering out a point decision over durable Johnny Risko in a hectic ten round battle at Madison Square Garden Friday evening. The fight was the roughest, toughest; give-and-take affair the hoi polloi of the fight racket had seen in many a moon around the city, and at the close both men were roundly cheered. Griffiths fought a heady fight. He had to. Risko piled in time after time when a hard right to the jaw jarred him from head
to toe and made the shock-haired youngster from Iowa call on his reserve .stamina to of set the furious countercharges.

The Charlestown Daily Mail 28 June 1928

Johnny Risko Spoils Hopes of George Godfrey For Boxing Fame, Fast
Finish Made By Cleveland Pug
One of The Few Financial Successes Of Summer's Outdoor Ring Season

Once more that pudgy Clevelander, spoiler of heavyweight favorites, doughy Johnny Risko, has battered out of the limelight a man generally picked to defeat him. This time the victim was George Godfrey, successor to Harry Wills as the current "Black Menace" and the man generally avoided by all heavyweights who seek advancement in their profession. To Risko was awarded the victory after 10 rounds of vicious, bruising mauling last night in the ball park of the Brooklyn
Nationals, Ebbets field.

George Godfrey (Williams)

Also called "The Black Shadow of Mobile" and "The Black Shadow of Leiperville."
1st November 1943
George Godfrey, Host at Local Club Was Once Uncrowned Heavyweight Champ

During the golden era of boxing when Jack Dempsey ruled as king of the heavyweights, Harry Wills, great ***** boxer, was the only man the Manassa Mauler refused to fight for the title. Wills, on the other hand, was meeting and beating all who dared enter the same ring with him
all, that is, with one exception. George Godfrey, ***** and Belgium heavyweight c h a m p , known to sportswriters from coast to coast as the "uncrowned champion of the world," was the exception.

The Billings Gazette 29 Feb 1928
Paolino Forces Fighting From Start of Bout
Terrific Blows of Godfrey Turns Tide in His Favor Despite Uzcudun's Efforts.

George Godfrey, ***** colossus of the ring, clubbed his way to a decision over Paolino Uzcudun, knotty-muscled son of the Basque country, Tuesday night, after 10 furious rounds that had 40.000 persons on edge throughout the battle. But the burly black had no walk away. With 44lb advantage in weight, he had his hands full from the start.
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