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3fJMiUMATIC SPARRING PARTNER LATEST WRINKLE
Willie Ritchie sparring with the "dummy;
Willie Ritchie who is traihing
across the bayfrom San Fran
cisco for hiffi Thanksgiving day
championship - match with Ad
Wolgast, is the first fighter in
history, so far as is known, to use
a dummy for a sparring partner.
The apparatus shown in the
above picture, is heavily weighted
around the feet. From the waist
up it is rubber, covered with can
vals and inflated with air by means
of a bicyclfe pump. The heavy
weight attached to the feet per
mits the dummy to be knocked
down full length, but it imme
diately rights itself and is -ready
for another -wallop. A
One advantage abottfcthe dum
my ls.that it teaches a 'fighter to
hit clean. A glancing punch
slides joff, while a solid' blow, de
livered properly, knocks it full
length. The figure is the exact
height of an ordinary man.
Ritchie hasnamed it "Wolgast"
Of course he has not done away
with the regulation sparring part
ner the tough individual wh
takes a walloping every afternoon
in exchange for a few dollars a
week and the eats but the. dum
my does his share of the work.
Seattle. Two slight earth
quake shocks felt No damage.