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is based on ihe showing of the two
men in recent New York battles, Rit
chie having cleaned Leach Cross, and
Murphy being easy for McParland.
Tonight Murphy will be a different
man from the one who met McFar
land, however, and he .will be tang
ling with a person somewhat near
his own weight. Tommy is trained
fine. Ritchie should get the decision,
but he will have to fight for it.
Bud Anderson knocked out Frank
Barrieu in the tenth round at Los
Angeles last night. The Oregon boy
will now be matched with Leac
Cross for a twenty-round fight.
Outfielder Jimmy Walsh has been
sold by the Athletics to the Yankees.
Walsh is a fair hitter, fleet baserun
ner and good fielder. Played regular
ly, his batting should improve.
Matty McCue and Tommy Bresna
han will mix for ten rounds in Racine
tonight. Both are rough and ready.
CHAMPION FIST-PIGHTER WHO IS A REAL MAN!
When Johnny Kilbane reported to
Jimmy Dunn at the latter's camp he
never had worn boxing gloves, but
he had seen a few sparring matches
and imagined he would like to be
come a boxer. After one day in
camp, during which he had acted as
punching bag for Dunn, he knew he
wanted to become a boxer.
The first night in camp Kilbane
wanted to know whether Dunn used
tobacco, and Dunn replied in the
negative. The next day punn saw
Johnny emptying his pockets of the
tobacco he had carried to camp.
At this time Kilbane was 15. From
the start he showed speed and abil
ity. Dunn became attached to the
little fellow and took him to Akron,
0., lor his fight with Brock; then
to New Castle, Fa., where Dunn made
his headquarters with Jimmy Dime,
the fight manager.
Before he had been compelled to
leave school Johnny had a love affair
with a schoolmate. The boy and girl
were together so much that she was
looked upon as his sweetheart and he
as her beau.
In the window of a New Castle
jewelry store Johnny saw a bracelet
which he determined to buy as a
birthday present. He needed $4.60
and went to Dunn with his trouble.
Dunn arranged a bout between Kil
bane and "Kid" Campbell, for which
$25 was offered. Dunn insisted the
loser's end' should be $5 to insure
Johnny achieving his heart's desire.
Kilbane won that fight, his maiden
effort, and with it $20. He bought
the bracelet all right, and today it is
one of the girl's proudest possessions,
although as the wife of the feather
weight champion and the mother of
his two baby girls she has articles of
personal adornment worth many
times the value of that first bracelet.
The winter of 1907-8 Tommy Kil
bane, also of Cleveland, but not re
lated to Johnny, gained prominence
as a boxer and friends of the boys
demanded a match.
Dunn figured that Johnny was not
ready to meet Tommy. When he
made this decision Dunn and Kilbane
were out of funds. A purse of $600
offered would have tempted almost
anyone, under the circumstances,
but, rather than take a chance of
ruining his pupil's career, Dunn re
fused the match.
Dunn walked from thp west side
to the newspaper qffice downtown,
where the promoters met, because he
didn't have carfare. The next day he
pawned a diamond ring for living ex
penses for himself and Johnny.
Dunn matched Kilbane with a few
lesser lights, carrying him along eas
ily and watching him develop rapidly
until he figured him good'enough to
meet Tommy. Johnny won his fight
and with it enough money to redeem
Dunn took Kilbane along easily,
permitting him to meet men not too
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