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A PRIZEFIGHT STORY IN WHICH THE ACTUAL
FIGHTING END OF IT DOESN'T GET IN
BY HAL COCHRAN
After one newspaper came out
with the whole White-Welsh prize
fight story and then. all the rest fol
lowed suit about verbattleum, with
the real fight dope round for round,
I can't see my way clear to act as a
There is another side to a prize
fight, however, and I'm going to give
In spite of the fact that the ring
game is called my many "brutal,"
there is a very human side to it.
And this human side stood out very
plainly Monday night.
In the first place, the ring, for a
prizefight, is located in the middle of
a large, what might be called, arena.
It is not, at least in the big battles, on
the stage. It's right out in the center
of the place where the battle is
fought And above the ring there is
a very bright string of lights. When
the battle is on all lights in the house'
are out except the ring lights, When
a round is finished the ring lights
flash out and the house lights flash
Folks, at a prizefight, act nothing
like they do at a theater. You don't
find them sitting comfortably back
and taking life quietly. Nothing like
that at all! Averyone is craning his
neck to the limit and the crowd in
general look like a bunch of New
York sightseeing automobile rubber
necks. During the progress of a round
everything is' pretty quiet except
when some good wallops are slipped
over. Then a short strong cheer
comes. When intermission is on- the
house is a hum with the spectators
discussing the round just finished.
All told, the interior of an auditor
ium for a prizefight is just one large
bubble of enthusiasm and nervous
ness that absolutely refuses to break
until the last whistle is blown. Then
everybody, especially in a state like
Wisconsin, where the law says no de-
cision can be given, leaves the scene
of battle deciding for himself who"
But the human side of-the game:
It is customary to hand the crowd
several preliminary battles before thei
real big fight. And in these prelim
inaries one would judge that the
young scrappers felt that they had
to fight hard to make a hit. Usually,!
from the time the bell rings for the
start until it rings for the finish, the
youngsters are hard at it Wallops
to the face and body come in rapid
And then you can tell just how
human a crowd of folks, who love the
"brutal" game of fighting are. For
instance, Monday night, the first bat
tle was between a youngster about
five feet tall and a boy about a head
over him. Before the first round was
well on its way it was plain to be
seen that the sympathy of the crowd,
was with the smaller boxer. The
same thing ruled throughout the con
tests that evening. In one instance
the boys were pretty well matched as
to build. But when one slipped sev
eral good face jolts over the crowd
began pulling for the other fellow.
When the big battle, between Char
ley White and Freldie Welsh, came, I
found myself leaning a little toward.
Welsh for a minute. And why? Be
cause when White entered the ring'
he was given one grand oviation. But
when Welsh stepped out, nothing
much was doing. Of course, he got a
little applause, but nothing to com
pare with how White was greeted.
And a good many in the crowd
about me felt the same way I 'did.
Welsh had White and the sentiment
of the crowd to battle against. And
we felt sort of wanting to pull for the
But when things got to going stiff
and steady, more human nature
broke out and White had the back-'