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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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BOXING SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BASEBALL
title with a high hedge, according to
a story from Baltimore. Kilbane had
been matched to fight George Chaney
in the Maryland city March 17., b'ut
now it appears that Johnny wants to
withdraw from the fight Baltimore
ans say he has declared he will not
keep the engagement
Chaney is a rough and tumble
fighter, with a fast growing record
ot victories, and would have a fine
chance against the champion.
Measurements of the new North
Side park, compared with those of
the old West Side establishment,
show that Vic Saier and his mates
who liked the short right field fence
of the old Cubs will still have an easy
mark to shoot at.
The North Side park measures
four feet more from the plate to the
right field foul line than on the West
Side, but right center field, where
many of Saier's boosts were pulled
down, is much shorter. This will also
help Zimmerman, who knocks some
mighty wallops in the direction of
.right center.
The left field foul line is longer on
the North Side, but left center is not
so deep as the West Side. This will
also be a help to Zimmerman and
Jimmy Archer should profit some
what by the abbreviation.
It is also estimated that 5,000 more
people can be seated on the North
Side than the old park, and the addi
tion of a second deck to the grand
stand will materially increase this.
Ban Johnson says a major league
team will be placed in Kansas City .
within the next couple of years. It is
taken as an intimation that St Louis
may lose one of its more or less major
league aggregations. Ban says that
Kansas City was one of the banner
cities of the Federal league, even
though the Kaws were in trouble over
their franchise because the team lost
a wad of money.
Johnson also says there is no black
list, but that Hal Chase and George
Matchmakers will meet today at
the Morrison hotel in what they
claim is a real effort to match Jess
Willard and Frank Moran in a heavy
weight boxing bout, to be pulled off
in New York and to run ten rounds.
There has been so much talk of
this bout that the public looks on
i these preliminaries skeptically and
will not be convinced until the men
enter the ririg.
Tex Rickard and his associates have
put the whole matter absolutely up
to Willard. They have offered a
purse of $53,500, of which the cham
pion would get a flat guarantee of
$41,000. If Willard and his manager,
Tom Jones, do not jump at this bait
there will be no doubt of their unwil
lingness to defend the title.
Forty-one thousand dollars for ten
rounds of work is the best purse ever
offered a fighter. It is twice as much
as was ever offered the real gladi
ators of the ring, men who won their
titles when the competition was stiff
and defended them frequently.
Bob Fitzsimmons, Jim Corbett,
John L. Sullivan, and even Jeffries,
who came when purses were growing
larger, never were offered anything
like this amount. Jeffries' purse of
$30,000 for the Reno match with
Johnson, a finish affair, was consid
ered a remarkable purse in those
days.
And it was a remarkable purse.
There has been enough of backing
and filling with regard to a battle
by Willard. He has held the title safe
long enough and should defend it.
He cannot sidestep now on the plea
that the offers are small.
Getting champions to defend their
titles these days in real stand-up
fights against worthy opponents is a
difficult task, and Kid Williams, the
featherweight, seems to be about the
only one willing to take a risk.
Johnny Kilbane, feather champion,
is the latest fellow to surround his
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