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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL SORTS BOXING
FULTON BEATS WEINERT AND
IS "TITLE POSSIBILITY"
By Mark Shields
Press agents, promoters, managers
and some sport -writers will now oil
up the trusty typewriters and ham
mer the long-suffering public into a
state where it will stand for a ten
round "championship" fight between
JessvWillard, heavyweight title hold
er, and Fred Fulton, the Rochester
Most anything can be done to the
public when the publicity stuff is
correctly handled. Witness the
"fight" between Fulton and Charley
Weinert in New York last night,
which made Fulton the "logical con
tender" in the heavyweight division
and the "only available opponent"
for the champion.
By using the quotation marks we
are only beating the press agents to
a few much overworked phrases.
Fulton became a big man in the
heavy line ecause he did away with
Weinert, a fellow 40 pounds lighter,
and who has never done anything
wonderful. He is not to be named
as a trial horse, because he hasn't
fought any of the leaders of the
The fight (Mex.) was a glorious
bloomer. It lasted almost two rounds,
when Weinert was knocked out on
his feet. Harry Pollock made a great
stall, claiming his man was capable
of going on with the affair, but a
continuance would have been mas
sacre. Fulton hit his opponent in
face and body and had the fight won
before it was half a minute gone.
Immediate talk of a fight between
Willard and Fulton can be expected.
Jess is said to want $50,000 for his
share of the gate receipts and he can1
probably get it One expert has al
ready shown that Jess is asking
nothing unreasonable, for the prices
can be graded from $10 up.
And the public will pay the freight,
of course. It always does, no mat
ter how punk the entertainment.
Some of the boys have already
done their bit by declaring that Ful- ,
ton's future hung on last night's $)
fight If he whipped Weinert, noth
ing else would be necessary to make
him a championship possibility and
a noble opponent for willard.
All of which is the veriest bunk.
There are numberless teamsters
right here in town who could rough
and tumble Mr. Weinert until he
would consider Fulton a bosom
friend. The fight as a stepping stone
to a championship was a huge -joke.
As a preliminary to a battle be
tween Abe Attell and Johnny Coulon
it would have been hardly passable.
But this is the way things are done
in the boxing game as it is at pres
ent handled. This Fulton-Weinert
fiasco is not the only one that has
happened recently. Remember the
joke battle Fred Welsh made against
Ritchie Mitchell recently. And then
consider that Harry Pollok handles
both Weinert and the lightweight
Other fights that have developed
into burlesques are fresh in memory,
and some of them were made possi
ble by the unfounded publicity they
received from the newspapers. Run
back a few months to the much
heralded Bitter Root Kid, and re
member what he did when he got
into a ring. He was so highly touted
that some people, actually were ready
to bet on him. All bunk.
The fight game has a fine chancy ,
to live as at present conducted. It is 4JF1
not to be wondered that New York is
ready to repeal its boxing law, that
Minnesota is considering the same
action, and that Illinois' chances of
getting a boxing bill are nil that is,
if the legislators are not chloro