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fLapp batted about .275 in 1915 and
Should be just as good this year. He
"will be able to give Ray Schalk some
much needed assistance and can
teach the new pitchers a few tricks.
The stock of Johnny Griffiths,
climbing lightweight, has been given
a big boost by a bout he did not even
see. His stock boomed when Matt
Wells, the Englishman, shaded Char
A few weeks ago Griffiths fought a
bout with Wells that was called a
draw. If there was an edge Griffiths
had it That puts Griffiths up there,
JOHNfSy GRIFFITHS .
as White has beaten about all the top
notch men in his class.
Griffiths is to meet Freddy Welsh,
lightweight champion soon.
Johnny Kilbane, featherweight
champion, has fought across the
country from coast to coast in the
eight years he has been in the ring
and has just come upon a left hand
he says is the greatest in the game.
It belongs to Ritchie Mitchell, the
. "I thought when I beat Abe Attell.
for the featherweight title I had
beaten the best left hand in the busi
ness, but I found a better one when
I met Mitchell in Cincinnati the other
day," said the champion.
"Mitchell had his left in my face
all the time. There was not much
sting to it when he used it for jab
bing, but it was a tantalizing thing
and it's going to do Mitchell a lot of
good in his chase for -the lightweight
Attell had a number of different
ways of using his left and it was al
ways hard to tell what he was going
to do with it That left hand got him
the championship and allowed him
to keep it 12 years.
"Johnny Dundee has a good left.
He makes odd use of is by leaping
into the air and shooting it forward.
"Patsy Kline has a terrific wallop
in his left, and Joe Rivers is not so
bad, but none of them compares with
this Mitchell chap."
Mitchell, according to Kilbane,
makes it almost impossible for an op
ponent to try to "set" for a punch.
The Milwaukee scrapper keeps
shooting out the left in quick suc
cession, and although there is not
much power back of it sometimes, it
is good enough to keep an opponent
off his feet, and with it Ritchie is
able, most of the time, to beat his
antagonist to the punch.
There was something of a grudge
between Kilbane and Mitchell as a
result of a bout several months ago,
And Kilbane went into their recent
match determined to settle all doubt
of supremacy. He tried harder for a
knockout than in any other battle he
has boxed in a long time.
The featherweight champion's ef
forts to step in and land a haymaker
were repeatedly frustrated by Mit
chell's left, which shot out time and
again at just the right time to hold
off his opponent
"Mitchell has a bright future,"
said Kilbane. "At the rate he has
improved in the. past several months