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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS-BASEBALL
Because Ted Lewis is a Briton
some sporting writers have declined
to recognize his real worth and have
ascribed his long string of victories
over American lightweights to the
fact that Lewis was in reality a wel
ter and was getting the advantage of
poundage in nearly all his battles.
That same criticism could have
been made with even more force
against Packey McFarland and some
Yankees, but in McParland's case, at
least, it was withheld as long as pos
sible, the usual thing being to give
McFarland great credit as a match
Lewis' engagement last night with
Willie Ritchie in New York should
silence some of his critics. He called
himself a welter, but weighed only
139 pounds, while Ritchie was
four pounds heavier.
Nevertheless, Lewis gave the ex
lightweight champion one excellent
trimming, and only remarkable clev
erness and ability to take punishment
tenabled Ritchie to last through the
ten rounds. At one point he was
(dangerously near a knockout as the
result of a Tolley of right and left
Lewis is a fighter and not a staller.
(He works often and gives punish
jment in his battles.
With the fight season just reaching
its height, Gary, the nearest place
tto Chicago where boxing bouts have
(been allowed, is to be closed to the
mitt slingers. The show scheduled
.there for tonight has been canceled,
tatter considerable backing and filling
by various authorities. The state's
attorney with headquarters in Gary
3s said to be responsible for the ban.
The Gary battles have been real
entertainments, with plenty of good
clean fighting, and none of the con
testants have been injured to any ex
tent The Mike Gibbons-Young Ahearn
bout scheduled for SL Paul is on
again and win be decided Jan. 18,
according to present plans of the
promoters. Both battlers have ac
cepted this date.
Jack Britton and Johnny Griffiths
fought a vicious 12-round draw at
Akron each man receiving consider
able punishment Griffiths made a
desperate rally in the last two rounds.
Gilbert Gallant, by a smart rally,
won a decision in 15 rounds from
Stanley Yoakum at Denver.
Down in New Orleans today they
are arguing about the Willard-Fulton
fight Tommy Burns, the promoter,
is said to be shy of giving the heavy
weight champion $32,500, win or
lose, though we had all been assured
that articles were drawn and un
breakable. Burns also wants Fulton
to fight some other man in an elim
ination contest before the title bout
That, considering the meagerness of
Fulton's record, is reasonable.
Buckeye Paints basketball team
deefated Northwestern at Toledo, O.,
33 to 20.
Though Charley Weeghman is not
yet finally aligned with the National
league, he is already working on
plans to spring on the magnates of
the old major. He wants the um
pires taken south, as they were with
Federal league teams. Weeghman
argues that the umpires need spring
training as much as do the players,
and the month's workout in the
south sharpens their eyes.
The system was carried out with
good results by the Federal league,
one or two umpires being sent to the
various camps and working with the
players in their practice games.
Billy Sullivan, veteran White Sox
catcher, has been signed by Detroit
Sully will probably act as coach for
the young pitchers.
Apparently Ban Johnson is not
having much luck arguing Cleveland
bankers into allowing Charley Som
ers to retain the Indians. The bank
ers are understood to have finally de
manded that Somers dispose of his.,