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stage the bout.
"This talk about forfeit, money
i being up and so forth sounds like
' i A stall to me.- Johnson, Flynn
dnd Jack Curley are in this game
for money, and the talk of the
bout gives them good advertis-
ing. Also there have "been mov-
v irig pictures made of the signing
f of die articles,"and the privilege
of showing these will bring in
good revenues for the principals.
"No one is more anxious than
I am to have the title pass into
the hands of a white man, but
After the exhibition that came off
in Reno last July 4 we must pro
ceed cautiously, and wait until
the-right man appears. He is. not
here yet. I will go so far as to
jr say that I do not believe there is
a white man in the game that
coujd defeat any one ofthe four
colored men at the present time.
"Johnson, Langford, Joe Jeani
riette and Sam McVey are the
four negroes I refer to. And let
me tell you that Langfofd is be
ing overlooked. I believe he is
the equal of Johnson.
U" f the so-called 'hopes' do not im-
n ' press me with their ability. Why,
I honestly believe that Tommy
liurns would stand more chance
than any of them, and that he
Could whip Flynn right now.
feurns evidently thinks the same,
for he has started acomeback'
campaign in New York. You can
see what chance I think these
oShers would have when I place
Burns above them, and you know
what Johnson did for Tommy.
"You know that they saythat
when I pick a winner you want
to bet the other way.' Corbett
smiled. So did the reporter, sad
ly, for he had backed a few of
"Sure, I know what they say,"
he continued, "but just stick a pin
in this prediction, and you'll be
with -me on a winner:
"Watch Al Palzer, the green
kid from. Iowa.
"There is a "boy, who will be
heard from. Not for some time,
maybe, but he is'a comer of the
type that can't bestopped. 'Just
at present he is'a rough diamond,
but under the handling of. Tom
'O'Rourke and with skillful
matchmaking he is bound to de
velop. When my engagements
are ended this summer J am gp
ing to wo"rk with the bpy and give?
him the benefit of my experience. '
"He has the finest fighting
spirit I ever saw He is game,
he can hjt, tjut doesn't know how
to handle himself. He lacks the
polish and cleverness of the top
notch fighter. He lacks initiative, .
and is always lopking to his '
handlers in the corner for iristruc- ,
"The best example of this was
in his fight with Al Kaufman.
He and Kaufman were whaling
away at each other fiercely, Pal
zer, howeyer, turning to
O'Rourke. for instructions every
few seconds. When he did this
he was unguatdedj of course, and
the other man could punch him at
will. 'For the body,' O'Rourke
would yell. And Palzer would
bore in with body blows. Again
he wpuld (urn to bis corner.
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