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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL'
There isn't much doubt now that
Mike Gibbons is the best -middleweight
in this country when he
wants to be. Itjhe sets out to fight
a real battle he haVyet to meet a
man who can furnish him sufficient
opposition to cause worry among the
followers of the St Paul phantom.
Mike's "one-round knockout vic
tory over Young Ahern in St Paul
last night was as good a bit .of fight
ing as he has ever done in his life.
The Englishman never had the ghost
of a show with the northerner and
went down before a right hook in 1
minute and 30 seconds. Ahearn had
landed one light blow. He was com
pletely bewildered by Gibbons' speed.
This decisive victory should serve
to eradicate the memory of the poor
fight Mike made against Packey Mc
Farland in New York. Mike's alibi
for that fight is that he was forced
to make too low a weight to allow
him to be strong.
Gibbons now has a chance to go to
Australia and meet Les Darcy, the
pride of the Antipodes, who has
cleaned Eddie McGoorty handily..
Darcy is not allowed to come to this
country during the war by order of
the Australian government He is
the only man between Gibbons and
undisputed right to the middleweight
Even more sudden was the victory
Charlie White scored over Joe Aze
vedo in Boston. The Portuguese bat
tler gtood before the Chicago light
weight one minute and 15 seconds,
then- succumbing to the power of
White's deadly left hook. He went
into the ring apparently afraid of the
Chicagoan, and had good reason to
White opened with a light right and
drew a tap in return. Then he feint
ed and drove home his left Azevedo
staggered and White quickly whip
ped over his left again. Down went
his opponent The referee counted
nine, but Azevedo's brother leaped
into the ring and stopped the battle.
Joe was knocked out
White was immediately matched to-'
fight Matt Wells in Boston, Feb. 1.
Recently in the Hub Wells gained a
shade over the Chicagoan.
Packey McFarland says he is (J
through with the fight game and in
the future will devote his time to
promoting. He will start in the new
line with a six-day bicycle race at
the Coliseum, Feb. 2, and if success
ful in that venture may handle some
ring bouts. Then Packey will find
how a promoter feels when a boxer
asks for all the money at the gate.
The national com'n has decided
that the Cubs and Browns, combina
tions of Federal and organized te'ams,
must ask waivers before disposing of
players to minor leagues. In dispos
ing of Federal league men the two
clubs must give the teams to which
the athletes belonged before jump
ing first chance at their services.
It is not presumed this ruling wil!
have any effect on the players al
ready disposed of. Tinker, however,
should have little difficulty securing
waivers on any man he desires to
send to the bushes, as several men
on his payroll have outlived their
usefulness in the big show.
.Jimmy Callahan is a bidder for one
Cub outfielder, desiring to add him
to the Pirates. Wilbur Good or Cy
Williams are being sought by Cal,
and he can either if he is willing to
pay real cash. Williams would be a
good man for Pittsburgh, and should
irrmrnvp rtnrinsr t.hp. cnminer season.
Western and Central league man- (t
agers are trailing Tinker in an effort
to land some of his surplus. Joe
looks with favor on the requests of
the little fellows, figuring favors
done them now will redound to his
benefit later, when he wishes to se
cure young material for his team.
Final papers in the transfer of the
Cubs to Charley Weeghman are be-