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to the pavillion, and alsp that he
would be able to fight a much bet
ter fight on the morro,v if he
should be able to eat a great
square meal that evening and do
the same thing the following
morning. McCarey ''came across"
and Jose Rivers, or Joe Rivers, as
he is now known to pugilistic
fame, got his first chance in .the
The next day he entered the
ring in a borrowed pair of trunks,
an old pair of worn-out tennis
shqes, and a full stomach. He
tore into Weber and in the third
round knocked him out.
Recently at the same place a
"different scene was enacted.
Three years had elapsed since the
McCarey and a number of fight
promoters and fight fans were
standing in little groups in the
same cigar store, when there
came. the honk-honk of a horn,
and, with a.rush and roar of ex
haust and grinding brakes, a $5,
000 autQmohile swung up in front
of the little cigar stand.
Out stepped a well-dressed
young man carrying a cane. Dia
monds worth $2,000 sparkled
from his fingers and cravat.
He toosed a light dust coat in
to the rear seat of the automobile
and flicking a particle of dust
fr,om his highly polished tan
shoes stepped forth briskly into
the cigar store.
There was an immediate cessa
tion of all conversation. Mc
Carey stepped up eagerly and
shook hands with 'the newcomer.
The latter was a Mexican boy
with bright eyes and a healthy
skin. His shoulders were broad
and powerful and he carried him
self as a man of affairs.
"Hello Uncle Tom," said the
boy, '"will you take a ride with
me. I am going down to the AI
cade Station nd you had better
come along for a ride and see me
"Sure, Joe, I will come alongj"
said McCarey,-as he hustled out.
This was the same little Mexi
can boy, Jose Rivers, better
known as Joe Rivers, who had
borrowed a-few pesos three years
ago for car fare and who on Juty
4 will fight Ad Wolgast for the
world's lightweight champion
ship. The. smallest amount that he
can secure for the two hours',
work in the afternoon is $7,500.
Rivers is a wonderful little
boxer and many good judges of
boxing claim that he will take the
title from Wolgast when they
clash. He can hit a terrific blow,
can take punishment, and has an
in,timate knowledge of the finer
points of the ring game which is
only gained through experience.
$40;000 in a Year.
Forty thousand dollars for one
year's work. That is what J.
Rivers has received for the last
twelve months' work. Since he
fought Danny Webster, January
14, 1911, up to and including his
victory over Jack White, Rivers
has fought exactly eleven con
tests, and comes out of the mix
up with a nice balance of $40,000.
T,hree years ago Rivers was a
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