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“Dempsey Will Win by Knockout in Five Rounds or Less, ”De Forest Predicts ►♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ \ \ ►♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ *********** *********** *********** Dempsey, Ex-Tramp. Machine-Made Gent: Ex-Champion Ready for Come-Back 1 EX-CHAMP IN FINE SHAPE, EXPERT TRAINER ASSERTS Declares Former Title Holder Will Gel Decision If > Bout Goes Limit —Terms Him Full-Fledged Mechanic —Sharkey an “Apprentice.” \ l i * in JIMMY DEFOREST. r ~-mrr iraiiifr of Ja.'k Pctnpsr'.v amt famou* oonditionpr of boxers. Ni:\V YORK. July 20—1 pick jack Dempsey to defeat d iU ' K Sharkey in the Yankee thul ium Thursday night. I think Dempsey will win hy a knock out In five rounds or less, but I believe ihat even if the fight should go the limit of 15 rounds Dempsey will AAin Ih Th d we S you have lt-Dempsey is my *llhave n watched the former champion * rarefullv in his training. He has pared himself down to fighting turn he has stripped his decks for action. 1 believe he is in cond t on to go the entire route. 15 rounds, and show enough to win the decision, it he finds 1 it necessary to go that far. 1 cei taml> I look for him to heat Sharkey before the limit, however. ‘ In the last feAV days there has been \ much made of the fact that Dempsey, in his workouts, "spurted for 10 sec ends" and then eased up. Also there was a wild yarn about an ‘injured fcft arm . Bov. I only wish my left ns “iniured" as Dempsey’s. Xow get it in your mind right, that .Tack Dempsey can tra^ el 10 seconds at top speed—a whole i t more Dempsey has changed of late in the treatment of his sparring paib pers. He no longer tries to knock >m dead." He is older now and e has more .control. He realizes the folly of "fighting himself out in one and impetuous. Deifipsey is using his head more these days. That Thing About Herman. One thing is passing— about this Tilly ("Kid") Herman attain All thL talk about Dempsey not being at le to knock him out is the hunk, puie and simple. Why. I saw Dempse> > hit Herman a crack in the stomach so hard the other day that it made 1 Herman’s nose bleed. Others saw' it. : too. Frank Blunt saw it. And -• Frank, bv the way, has received a draught from Luis Firpo *<> ***■ Dempsey. Gus Wilson pulled the hell and Herman was just able to stagger to his corner. Dempsey’s legs look good again. They are the only things I have been a bit leary about. And while we are on the subject of legs let’s get this thing straight about the "bandaged left arm. Dempsey not only band aged his arm at night, but also his legs. Then the bandages were damp ened with a linament. This w;as done to keep the muscles from stiffening. LEONARD SAYS DEMPSEY 2J IS GOOD AS HE CAN GET '• " “ H** by BENNY LEONARD. Bribed LiehtweiirtJt Champion of the World. WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, Saratoga Lake, N. Y., July 20 —Well, Dempsey has of ficially finished his training for the battle with Sharkey, and I'll say the man is in good con dition. As good as he ever will get. and better than he was when he lost - hi* title to Gene Tunney. He is there, but only for a while. I think, because I do not believe Dempsey has as much reserve energy as he will need in this coming battle. I must admit that when * J° oke a at .Tack Dempsey yesterday, observed his lithe body, beautifully muscled, his clear skin, his keen eye and his mas -1 Kive build, simply shrieking "strength in every line, I wondered. And then the picture of Dempsey’s slower move ments, movements that belie the promise of that imposing physique, passes across my vision, and again t wonder. _ . . Between now and tomorrow I must make my final choice as to the win ner. That is, which I think will win. Mv mind is made up now’, but I want to' take plenty of time to write my •t etorv, so I’ll do it after 1 finish this when I have a chance to weigh tne two men as they are right now’, as they will go into the ring. Wind and Speed Better. Dempsey shows great improvement Jn wind and even speed. I’ll say this: No matter what people may think of f the way Flynn has handled Dempsey, old Leo has finally tuned the ex-champion up to concert pitch, has gotten him stronger, faster and better in every way than he was for the Tunney battle, and by the same token has gotten him better than he 11 ever he again. And one thing more: Other fighters or their managers have drawn the “color line,” but Leo P. Flynn will be the first to draw the “belt line.” That means is going to be more than wary about fouls. Here’s what he said to me, his part ing words: “Benny, w’e’re going to draw- the belt line in this fight. I may even in sist on Sharkey painting his belt line, so that he can’t get away with any claim of foul. Sharkey in his last 10 fights has claimed a foul every time he got hit a good hard sock. Well, he’ll get hit plenty of good hard socks In this fight, and we don’t want him to get away with any cry of foul. “That’s one thing I’m going to han dle personally. lam going to have the referee especially cautioned to watch particularly for fouls and also to watch just as particularly blows that are not fouls, so that there will l be no chance for Mister Sharkey to i K-t away with anything. That’s that.” ' Dempsey’s workout yesterday was s repetition of what he did the day i before, only he was not quite so t etrenuous on the big hag. He’s short ened his punches considerably, and he is not wasting any. He seems more like a fellow taking aim before shoot ing, rather than like he was in the ' old days, blazing away with his shots * jn a general barrage, letting them go f until one or more landed, and not even etopping then. ‘ * Ex-Champ Right on Edge. * Jaf-k did show a viciousness that bodes he is right on edge for the ‘ battle. He tore at the big bag with lusty wallops, and again he kept a . continual tattoo on the light bag. t Shadow boxing and pulley work, with ring exercises were included in the day’s work. Jack told me that be might do an liour or so on the road today before leaving by automobile for Albany, whence lie* will take the train for New York City, where he plans to arrive at about G o’clock. “But it won't be any heavy road Work, Benny’,” he added. Dempsey's wind is excellent, and all found he is, as I said at the begin ning of this, read.v for the fight. _ JJut he ia * different Deinpstt’- Jle'a ‘SPORTS? Tt is a common practice, resflrted to with sprinters and race horses- 1 did the same thing when I trainee Tom Longboat dor that memorable* race in which we cleaned up against Al fred Shrubb, one of the world’s great est runners. But that is another story. You see. wheti athletes get along in years—athletically, I mean—they are prone to "spring" or "pull’'’ a tenjdon. You probably have heard of a race horse "bowing” -a tendon. It fc to prevent anything like this happening that caused Dempsey to use the bandages. Tliev even sometimes run Jiorsrs in bandages. Usually* it is defcne with the idea of taking a chance at "the big dough." There is no question that this is Dempsey’s "shot at the bi|g dough.” Os course, if he wins, thqn be con tinues right along to fight: Tunney, but this fight is the one that "the big dough" depends on. If Dempsey misses be is through. I don\'t expect him to miss. Dynamite in His Left. Dempsey has a left hook; to the body that will double up almiost any body and his short left to the* head is dynamite. The harder he is hit the stronger he will come hack. On the otlier hand, I don’t believe Sharkey can tiit hard enough to even knock Dempsey off his feet. From the style Dempsey now is using I believe if he can not catcli his man in a fenv rounds he will save himself and go the route to win. but Dempsey will try to win as quickly as possible. He says that would bo better for him. because then he is not liable to get hurt himself. As I said, my only fear is that Dempsey’s legs might go back on him, but thev looked pretty good to me the last time I saw' him in action. He does not jump around too much and he tries not to miss with the left hook. He won’t waste many punches in this fight if lie can help it. But if he does miss with the left he will be in a position to hit with the right to the body. That is his deadly punch. He will feint more iu this fight be cause he expects Sharkey to feint a lot. Oh. mark my w'ords. you will see a different Dempsey against Sharkey than vou saw against Tunney. Not as good as at Toledo. c£ course, but pretty fair, pretty fair. To sum up, Dempsey has the tools and he knows how to use them. Sharkey is an apprentice, and he is learning rapidly, but Dempsey is a full-fledged mechanic. I cannot see how* he can lose —barring an accident. a bit methodical now. He’s no longer the bulldog he used to be. Leo Flvnn will have a different job on his hands than Jack Kearns had. All Kearns had to do was take off the leash and "sic ’em,” and Dempsey, bulldog like, flew at his opponent and the mix-up lasted till the opponent dropped. Flynn will have more to do than just “take off the leash,” he’ll have to be a real second —and that’s some thing that Mr. Leo P. Flynn can’t do anything else hut! Tomorrow I’ll tell who I think will win, why I think so. and how I think the battle will be won and lost. MORE SEATS AT ARCADIA FOR EVENTS THIS SEASON While the seating capacity of the Arcadia Auditorium will be increased for the coming Fall and Winter sea son, extensive enlarging of the build ing will be deferred. Washington’s professional basket ball team will continue to play its games there and other attractions similar to those staged the past sea son will be carded. Salient Facts Concerning Big Fight By the Associated Press. Principals —William Harrison (.Tack) Dempsey, aged 32, of Los Angeles, and Jack Sharkey’ of Boston, aged 25. Time and place—Tomorrow night at the Yankee Stadium, New York City. Distance —ls rounds to a decision of two judges and referee. Hour —Preliminary bouts start at 8:15 p.m., main bout at 10 p.m., Eastern daylight time. Probable attendance —80,000. Probable receipts—sl,2so,ooo. Preliminaries (all six rounds)— James J. Braddoek of Jersey City vs George Larocco of New York. Sandy Seifert of Pittsburgh vs. Wyoming Warner of Cheyenne. Wyo.; Tom Sayers of Detroit vs. Jimmy Byrne of Louisville. Joe Monte of Boston vs. Frankie Muskie of St. Paul, George Manley of Denver vs. Ray Neuman of Jersey City in bout’to be held after main event. Chief seconds —For Dempsey, Leo P. Flynn; for Sharkey, Johnny Buckley. Radio —Stations W.TZ and WEAF of New York and associated sta tions in Nation-wide hook-up. “Navy Double Punch” Will Be Used by Sharkey, Says Webb By the Associated Press. ! BALTIMORE!, July 20.—The Bal timore News publishes a signed article today by “Spike” Webb, boxing instructor at the Naval Academy, describing a secret punch he says Jack Sharkey will em ploy in his light tomorrow night with i jack Dempsey. Webb states the I punch is known as the “Navy double j punch,” and is similar to the “pivot j punch.’* „ , , The article asserts Sharkey was taught the punch by .Lieut. Mickey O’Regan of the Navy, who was the first to recognize Sharkey’s ability as a boxer when he was a sailor on the TJ. S. S. Arkansas several years ago. Webb adds: “Sharkey is the origina tor of a dozen or more of other tricky wallops which makes him dangerous to whoever his opponent may be.” ‘First the user of the Navy double punch must be a boxer of the ultra scientific sort,” Webb writes, “and he must have his wits about him when it is attempted. It is especially ef fective against a rip-tearing, head-on lighter of the Dempsey type. The user of the punch in the heat of battle lures his opponent to come in. It is then necessary to sway the body well to the left and twist it in I that direction the required distance as to be In a position to use a back hand punch with the right hand, i “Alaring got this far the object of *the yffircyiyfi- statl TrASTUxnTox. t>. c., nvkt>\t:st>at. jctlt 20, 1927. CLEAR WEATHER IS DUE FOR TOMORROW’S FIGHT NKW YORK. July 111 Typical "Rickard weather” is fore cast for tomorrow night’s battle between Jack Dempsey and Jack Sharkey. In all of Tex Rickard s career as promoter of championship boxing contests only two have been post poned. His last bout at Philadel phia between Tunney and Dempsey was staged in the rain. t'nless the forecast goes awry Dempsey and Sharkey will meet at the Yankee Stadium under a clear sky. In the event of inclement weather Rickard will hold the bout over until Friday or even Saturday, if necessary. EXPERTS ARE SPLIT ON FIGHT OUTCOME By tin* Associated Press. NKW YORK, July 20.—Expert opinion differed sharply today about the Sharkey-Dempsey tight. Tom Sharkey, famous old-timer in the heavyweight ranks, and from whom Boston Jack got his fighting name, was inclined to favor his name sake. chiefly because of his youth and splendid physical condition. Tom O’Rourke, veteran manager; Gene Normile, Dempsey’s former manager: Jack Delaney, light heavy weight champion: Sid Terris, New York lightweight; Jack Renault, Canadian heavyweight; Abe Goldstein, former bantamweight champion, and Ruby Goldstein, NeAV York light weight, expressed preference for Dempsey’s chances. On the Sharkey side were Tex O’Rourke, promoter: Paulino TJzcudun, Spanish heavyweight contender; Jack Curley, promoter of the Willard- Johnson bout; Sammy Goldman, Sharkey's former manager, and Hum berto Fugazy. promoter. Jimmy De Forest, former trainer of Dempsev, believes Dempsey has re gained enough of his old-time form to beat Sharkey even if the fight goes the limit. * A poll by the Daily News of persons at random show's 1,153 believe Demp sey will win by a knockout; 260 think Sharkev will get in the finishing blow; 114 think Sharkey will win the de cision. and 44 favor Dempsey for a verdict. $125 iSBEING ASKED FOR $27.50 TICKETS Bv the Associated Press. NEW YORK, July 20.—Ringside seats for the Dempsey-Sharkey fight, with a box office price of $27.50. were reported being offered along Broad way today at $125 each. Reports of wholesale gouging by speculators has caused United States Attorney Charles H. Tuttle to tempo rarily shift his investigation into the sale of theater tickets to tomorrow night’s fight at the Yankee Stadium. Announcement of the inquiry brought a statement from Tex Rick ard, promoter of the fight, that he was anxious and willing to co-operate with the Government. He asserted he had a list of the names, addresses and number of tickets bought by each pur chaser in the first 40 rows ringside, and denied any tickets had been al lotted any agency within the first 27 rows. The $125 price was being asked for seats within the first five row's, it was reported, and $l2O each for seats in the next five row’s. Fights Last Night By the Associated Press. FARGO, N. Dak.—Billy Petrolle, Fargo, knocked out Eddie Brady, Brooklyn (1). AI Van Ryan, St. Paul, defeated Russie Leroy, Fargo (10). Earl Blue, St. Paul, knocked out Bob Gilbert, New' Haven, Conn. (1). INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—Myer Grace, Philadelphia, outpointed Jimmy Fin ley, Louisville (10). LOS ANGELES.—Baby .Toe Rans, San Diego, and Johnny O'Donnell, St. Paul, drew (10). Billy Grimes, Aus tralia, beat Stew-art McLean, St. Paul (10). Frankie Pitcher. Los Angeles, beat Twain Mark, New Orleans (4). the punch is to cut back with a snappy back hand wallop, which lands on the right side of the opponent’s face. In most cases this causes the receiver to los* his balance. Before he can right himself he meets the full force of a left-hand hook clean to the j jaw. j catch for the user of the j naity double punch is in the fact that i some people will object to the first i part of this combination of punches as bordering perilously near a foul blow, and consequently liable to court disqualification but I maintain that such is not the case. Some of our greatest boxers use back-hand punch es, but they hit with the paded part of their gloves, the same as Sharkey. “Sharkey has employed the navy double punch without molestation, but in Europe, where infighting does not score so heavily, It would no doubt bring up some little discuslon among those ringsiders who might be termed foreign experts. “However, the navy double punch is a good, clean and fair one and if Sharkey manages to stop the ex-title holder with it there will be no kick coming.” Webb coached Gene Tunney when lie was boxing coach of the American Expeditionary Forces He coached the American Olympia boxing teams in 192# Mid 1924, JACK IS A FIGHTER ONLY, AND DOESN’T KID HIMSELF Noted Writer, Interviewing Former Champ, Finds Man Who Hose From Brakebeams to Hobnob With Society Is More I lian Mere Bruiser. BY CLARENCE BI IHNGTON KKLLYND. Tin* North American Newspaper Alii mice wanted to present the two .links, Dempsey anil Sharkey, to its readers pre cisely as they are. So it asked Mr. Kelland to interview them. Mr. Holland, formerly a sportnur writer, has since won additional distinction by his hooks and magazine articles. Notable amontt these are his Scattenrood Baines stones. , Mr. Kellands interview with Sharkey appeared yesterday. Herewith the Demp i tey interview is printed. WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, SARATOGA. N\ Y.. July L'O.—lf sculpture will win prize fights. Jack Dempsey deserves to be perpetual champion. 1 T saw Dempsey for the first time in 1 my life as lie stepped into the ring ' at White Sulphur Springs, and what ever prejudice 1 may have carried I against the man was swept away. As an achievement in the wav of a : human being, he is superb. To me he was quite breath-taking, and he pos ] sesses in abundance that rare qual ity. magnetism. „ . . . > one cannot see him all but nude, : either in repose or in indescribably 1 lithe and graceful movement, without understanding why it is that thou sands of men are battling for tickets to watch him in his match tomorrow night with Jack Sharkey. To see him once, and in action, is to become obsessed with the belief that he is supreme in his chosen line. If he were beaten, it must have been some strange error of unkind fate which is bound to rectify itself. If Sharkey has ounces of personality, Dempsev has pounds. There is about his training quarters none of the rough-neck, rather rollick ing insouciance to be found near Sharkey. All is preoccupation. His sparring partners sit together ia corners of the piazza and discuss learned points of condition with heads close together. . . That charmingly disarming puate, Leo Flynn, the manager. Is highly convincing in his role of man of affairs. I do not think 1 have ever seen quite so energetically busy a person, nor one more intent upon his job. From desiring to sock Flynn, as the language of the art has it, upon the button, one grows upon contact to something rather better than amused tolerance. Dempsey Has Stage Instinct. And as for Dempsey, lie is invisi ble. You are aware of bis nearness. He impends over the scene, but he does not appear—until the stage is set and the entrance ready. Then he comes and one is satisfied. Either Dempsey is reticen*. he is occupied pleasurably in seclusion, oi he has the instinct of a great actor. He awaits his moment, appears, mo nopolizes the stage, disappears. And the King of England is much easier to approach. I know, because I have tried both. A cat may look at a k.ng, hi t it takes a skilled burglar with diamond drills and hieh explosives to penetrate to this former champion. But I penetrated eventually and in stvle I was driven to the camp in one of Flynn’s Rolls-Rpyces. He has two of them, and a Mercedes and a Packard! Which leads one to belief that managing a boxer m “*t be t very profitable or very upsetting to ♦Via mental eciuililn*iuni» .. I found Dempsey sitting ooaties. on the piazza of the cottage, engaged vvasiTserious C gaine ondat most discussed fighter in the world to ha wmpse n y arose to acknowledge the introduction, and his smiled. They were not now the kwel concentrated, almost savage eves I had seen in the ring an hour before. They were kindly eyes, com panionable eyes. Dempsey Doesn’t Kid Himself. Not many days ago a man said to me, “I’ve tried for years to dislike Dempsey, but I can’t do It. 1 began now to understand what he meant- Another friend told me 1 should find Dempsey equipped with the artificial manners of a night club hostess. 1 did not find him so. I found him ut terly simple, without affectation, and without vanity. Set down as point number one that Dempsey does not delude himself about Dempsey. f> “Will you draw up a chair, he asked, “and wait just a moment am til we finish this game? It’s important He smiled. “Then I’ll be glad to talk " Heaved me rather curiously, hut not shyly, nor with any exaggeration of welcome, llis manner was per fectly natural. And 1 was, ol course, a Presently 11 he’took the final jack and moved back his chair, looking at mA pxneetantlv. I told him what I d he said he would be glad to help me. T told him I wanted to »> abe to tell folks a little about has ®ort of man he actually is tlie fighter, hut Jack Dempsey himself 6 He thought it over and nodded as if at the reasonableness of th Vm 4 just an ordinary sort of fel low,” he sakl. “and I guess I think the things and like the things ordi narySXple think and like. Airs. Dempsey and I enjoy doing things We like the theater I liked ’Broadway’ very much, and what’s her name, Uif rick. “Lenore Ulrich?” “Yes 1 liked her a lot In Lulu Relle ’ ' and then there was ‘The “Shanghai Gesture’ —I liked that quite a little ” I gathered he was not quite so enthusiastic about this latter W< “ And, ’’ Dempsey went on, “we like to have company—our triends in the evening, vou know—and a party once in a while. We like to have a good time.” This was quite naive. In fact, Dempsey is very pleasantly naive. . “How about the pictures. “We like to go once in a while, }j(> “No I mean to act in the pictures?” Dempsev shook his head decidedly. “I don’t like it. I never did like it. I just went into them because it was between times and I had nothing else to do, and it looked like some easy money. I never want to act again. No, sir: I never thought I was an actor for a minute. I’m a fighter. I never kidded myself I could act.” “Tunny is a reader of books,” I suggested. , „ T “I don’t read much, Jack said. “Just the papers and things. And western stories. You know —Zane Grey and like that. And there’s another young fellow out West. You don’t know him, I guess. I like his stories." You could see he was trying se riously to be helpful in this matter of self revelation. He appreciated that one was set upon a difficult task and was not animated by personal curiosity. He wished to bo honest, to give no false impressions, and to make it as easy as possible for me. Music, Pinochle and Golf. “We like a musical once in a while,” lie said. “I like music. And 1 like casino and pinochle—and golf. And I like to fish and shoot. Just like any other young fello%v,” he explained. His idea was to show me that he was normal, with a normal man’s de sires. There was, he wished to ex plain, nothing extraordinary about him but his fighting ability. Other wise he was just like anybody else. Here Leo Flynn interposed with an anecdote about a small hoy who wanted to take Dempsey’s picture and couldn’t catch up. but Dempsey waited for him and the threatened tears were dried. Dempsey didn’t think much of it. It seemed to strike him as the mawkish sentiment false publicity is made of, and it embar rassed him. It even embarressed him when Flynn told about the boys who organized themselves into a cheering section and got off this one: Two, four, six, eight. Who do we appreciate? Dempsey! Jack was of the opinion that hero worship w r as a good thing for boys, and lie liked to have them admire him, “because it makes them want to be physically fit and athletic.” But after the fighting days are over? “I haven’t planned much on that. I don’t know what I’ll do, but I think it will be something to do with the fight game. I like to fight. It is what I can do. There’s something about it. I don’t think I could do anything else, for I wouldn’t enjoy it. It would be tame. “There’s excitement, you know\ You make big money quickly. And there are the crowds and the limelight. Everybody likes crowds and limelight if he can get them. You know, there are between times, and then all at once the sudden excitement and all. and the quick money." Jack thought it over and shook his head. A Fighter, Nothing Else. "No, any other way of earning a living would seem tame after that. I’m a fighter. It’s what I know and* like. I know I’ll be through actual fighting some day, hut I think I’ll stay in the game. I wouldn’t care to learn any thing else. I’d have to make myself all over. No. I don’t kid myself. I’m a fighter and nothing else.” “There’s Jim Corbett,” I suggested. “Yes, but he was a good actor, too.” Dempsey emphasized the too as much as to say that Corbett had one on him there. “I’m a fighter and nothing else.” .... I was Inclined to disagree with him. As I sat and studied his somewhat rugged but, in spite of heavy brows and broad cheek bones, rather hand some and decidedly likeable face, I did disagree with him. There is more to him than a mere fighter. There is more than a mere bruiser tj» a |nan who„oan rise from the bfakebeafhs, from the estate of a common hobo to be, as Dempsey un qualifiedly is, a fit companion for gentlemen. Not fighting instinct alone will do that. There must be a natural adaptability, a power of as similation. Possibly Dempsey tried very hard to improve his external self, but I in cline to think it was a natural proc ess of deposit. As his success threw him more and more into the society of men and women of less rugged habits, their manner of speaking and acting left its impress upon him as the silt of river is left in its delta. I already have said that I went hearing % prejudice against him; no fair-minded man could come away with that prejudice still upon his person. Dempsey captivates you. Distinctly he has charm. From hop ing Sharkey would knock his head off, I have turned about face and will be made quite happy if he knocks off the heads of both Sharkey and Tun ney. Which will cost me money. Actu ally he is the sort of man who can make you hope to lose your own money! No Highbrow Aspirations. His outlook on life is sane. He has no aspirations to become highbrow’, and he does’t wish to be misunder stood as a man who makes any pre tense of being what he is not. That is something like basic honesty. And Dempsey inspires loyalty. Even in the hardy young men he batters about the training ring daily. And he batters them. It is as he says: he is a fighter. He doesn’t play at fighting. A practice bout is a fight just as much as a fight is a fight, and anybody who hires out as a sparring partner w’ants well to bear that in mind. In the ring Dempsey is quite an other person, resembling in no respect whatever his antagonist of tomorrow, Sharkey. All the time Sharkey is boxing with sparring partners you know it. There is a certain laxness about it and an air that this really doesn't matter very much after all. With Dempsey it is deadly earnest. He tucks in his chin and bores in with that lithe, beautiful stride. And he hits w’ith intention. Also his part ners hit him with intention. I saw in the afternoon half a dozen as pretty and seriously meant bouts as one can ask for. No, Dempsey is a fighter, and he cannot play at it. Any more than a canary can play at singing or a fish play at swimming. He is in ids i natural element and there is but one ] way he can behave there. ■ Even after the gong rings and the , bout is over he remains grim, but if tiie partner has fought w’ell and har dily you hear Dempsey say, “Good work!” He works at the weights and punches the bag and lies on his back , and wiggles his legs with the same , perfect seriousness and grim intent- • ness upon his object. I W’ould say that t Sharkey rather skimps arduous train- , ing labor; Dempsey works like a slave while he is at it, because, I believe, he can work in no otiier way at any- ] thing which touches his chosen voca- , tion. “Oh, yes.” he says. “I play golf. But < I’m rotten.” You can imagine him playing golf. I did not see him, but I can vision him . tearing into the golf ball with that ; grim, relentless savagery which is not the art of golf. In one thing lie is . right, I think, and that is that he is fitted for no other game or profession requiring finesse. He’s There to Sock. I do not mean that he is not of good Intelligence. I would rate him as of natural mental ability above the ordi nary. But it is a direct, never a devi ous mental ability. He travels In the shortest distance between two points. For instance, he could not “carry” an opponent. Which, in the parlance of the ring, means to allow a beaten op ponent to linger past his hour. In deed not. Dempsey would administer the coup de grace involuntarily, as a natural reflex. JJe Is in there to DEMPSEY SHOOTS 48, HIS BEST ON LINKS By the Associated Press. SARATOGA LAKE, N. Y-, July 20. —Jack Dempsey has just shot the best nine holes of golf of his links career. Cheery and with absolutely no thought of Thursday’s battle w’ith Jack Sharkey on his mind, Jack scored a 4$ on the first half of the local course as the gathering dark ness made halls hard to follow and left direction flags almost indistin guishable yesterday. All the power of his right-hand punches was in his driver, perfectly timed iron shots clicked and Jong putts W’ent down easily to prove Dempsey’s splendid judgment of dis tance. And as the dusk deepened, Jack alone of a foursome was able to follow the flight of the balls. The half round, first Jack ever has shot under 50 strokes, probably was the last the former title holder will play before the fight with Sharkey has taken place. ' '* SHARKEY BIGGER THAN RIVAL IN SOME WAYS NEW YORK. July 20 i/P). —Jack Sharkey is bigger than Jack Dempsey in the waist, thigh and wrist. Across the hips the fighters meas ure alike —42 inches. Sharkey measures 35 inches around the waist as against Dempsey’s 34. Sharkey’s thigh measures 26 inches, 14 inch bigger than Dempsey’s, and his fist, 1014 Inches, Is Vz inch small er than that of the Manassa Mauler. A wi’ist measurement of 8 inches gave Sharkey inch advantage. They wear shoes of the same size— -1014. - $900,000 MARK REACHED IN GATE FOR BIG SCRAP NEW YORK. July 20 (4>).—Tex Rickard announced today that the advance sale of tickets for tomorrow s big fight had reached the $900,000 Tomorrow night’s show Is expected to draw approximately one and one quarter million dollars, the largest gate for any non-championship fight in history. _____ OLD DOMINION EIGHT TO ROW IN REGATTA ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20—Old Dominion Boat Club will ® nt ®f j* junior eight crew in the s ° u^ ie ” l Rowing Association regatta at Balti more on Saturday. The crew will be named by Coach Walter Thrall from Benjamin Minor, Tom Huffish, Robert Whitton, Parke Bell, Magnus Bales, Eddie Gorman, Alvin Friendlander, Walter Pierpoint and Jimmy Trout and will be piloted by Louis Bell, coxswain. The Po tomac Boat Club of Washington and the Virginia Boat Club of Richmond are the only other entrants in this event. Magnus W. Bales, the Old Domin ion Boat Club’s representative on the association regatta committee, has announced the Ariel Rowing Club, the host organization, has arranged a luncheon and dance, both to fol low the regatta program, for the oarsmen and association officers. The first race will start at 2:40 o’clock on the Patapsco River and the finish will be just off the club house of Ariel Rowing Club at the foot of Light street. Manager Ike Dreifua of the Alex andria, Barcroft & Washington Rapid Transit Co. team has made drastic changes in his team in preparing for Sunday’s game with St. Mary's Celtics. Tommy Connors, Mike Moran, Johnny Bleier and Jake Driver will be supplanted by new perform ers. Morrison of Judd & Detweiler of the Washington Merchants League, will play first base; Dulin of Wash ington and Lee High will play sec ond and perhaps pitch. Edwards of St. Mary’s Celtics will line-up on the hot corner to face his teammates and Johnny Goetz, formerly of the Mo hawks, of Washington, will break into the outfield. Old men will play the other positions. Columbia Engine Company and No. 5 Motor Company nines will open the series for the championship of the Alexandria Fire Department Sundav with a game on Haydon field at 3 o’clock. Harvey Lunceford, Columbia En gine Company twirler, will pitch Sat urday’s game against the Maryland Athletic Club for St. Mary’s Celtics, according to Charles Corbett, Celt manager. The contest will be staged In Dreadnaught Park at 3:30 o’clock. sock, and he will continue to sock until himself socked a point where he is helpless. As I said, his companions and asso ciates are loyal to the point of fanat icism. They do not insist blindly that he will win, but everywhere you can see an eager hope that he will win. They ask each other what they think of his condition, and if he has im proved. They tell themselves he looks better than before the Firpo fight. They say this and that, but when they are through they end up by say ing. “Anyhow, he’s a regular feller!” When Jack speaks he speaks well and clearly. Ills w’ords do not come tumbling, nor are they bookish words, but they are direct, and he has said what he meant. He Is without pre tense, as I have said: he is honest with himself. He is simple, and his instincts are kindly and inspired by a decent good will. Without any mental reservation whatever I will say that I like Jack Dempsey. He may be a pug: he may he, as he says, nothing but a fighter; but I know large numbers of more socially elevated and pretentious per sons in New York and her sister States who could absorb his salient qualities and so become much more nearly what they assert themselves to be. I saw Sharkey, as told in my article in this paper yesterday, and T liked him. He is a blustering, efficient, rought-and-ready man of good quali ties. But I would not care to have Sharkey for a friend and to associate with him frequently. With Dempsey it is different. He would wear. Judging the two as ani mals, Sharkey is a fine example of the beast fera naturae, as the law has it, while Dempsey is registered stock. CORD TIRES All Size* FULLY GUARANTEED 30x3i/ 2 $4.95 30x4.95 9.95 32x4 10.15 31x5.25 ~.10.05 33x6.00 11.95 We Mount All Tlrca _ 1010 Pa. Ave. N.W. NEXT TO PRESIDENT THEATER “AS GOOD AS AT ANY TIME IN MY LIFE,” HE ASSERTS | Will Q 1 ; t Forever If He Is Beaten, But Declares "I'll Lick That Sharkey in Two Punches/’ i ~ Appears to Be in Great Trim. i-■■ - - ■ 1 By fh<* Associated Press. SARATOGA LAKE. N. V. July 20.—The calm confidence of the man physically and mentally tuned to perfection gripped Jack Dempsey today as the once great czar of the heavyweight 1 division hung up his training gloves— perhaps forever. , Behind the most powerful man mod . ern ring history has known, lay three I months of toil in the Ventura Moun , tains of California and three weeks of grim battling here to rebuild the splendid two-fisted fighting machine that once ruled the world. Ahead of the 32-yea nold warrior loomed the most dramatic night of liis career— J the night when lie must win or quit ’ the game he loves. - Eight years ago this month, a pop- eyed youth of 17 thrilled as his idol. the young iron-fisted .Tack Dempsey, . crushed the great bulk of Jess Wil lard to win the world championship I in the suffocating heat of Toledo. Thursday night in the Yankee Stadium that same youth, Jack Sharkey of [ Boston, who has been surging through . the heavyweight ranks that Dempsey once did, will attempt to end once \ for all the fighting career of the man he thought all-powerful. ! "I am ready,” Dempsey said today, “As ready as at any time in my life. If I lose there W’ill be no alibi, no sec ond comeback, .and I quit forever the game I love. I never have made an excuse before and I won’t start now. I But put it down in the book—l 11 lick that Sharkey kid in just two : punches." Appears In Fine Fettle. ! And the Dempsey, who ended train -1 ing todav to depart for the scene of the battle in New York, appeared fit 1 to do just that. ’ Three weeks ago Jack was fat, slow ; of foot and sluggish, despite his early • training grind in California. He weighed 205 pounds. There was a pad of excess flesh around his abdo men and hips. His legs were heavy, and the thickness of unnecessary weight was on his shoulders. But today the Dempsey who seeks i to storm a come-back trail too rugged for any other former heavyweight champion to conquer, Is lean, trim and [ vicious. Stomach muscles are hard as nails. His waist is narrow, legs ' are thin and speedy. Through his shoulders and back writhe muscles that stretch and flex under a sun- L blackened skin that coders not an ounce of excess flesh. [ Most impressive of all Is Demp sey’s mental attitude toward the com ’ ing struggle. Strong as a fiery j youngster was he who wasted energy : BETTER THAN IN MALONEY ; FIGHT, DECLARES SHARKEY \ BY JACK SHARKEY. NEW YORK, July 20.—Now that the hard work of training 1 is all over, here is something that I can safely say—l am in shape to put up a better ! fight than I was for my bout with Jimmy Maloney. I think Jack Dempsey will be sac- I ing a better fighter than did my . Boston rival, so if the ex-champion I licks me then all the more credit is . due him. I think I am improved over ! my last fight in two important re [ spects—l am stronger and I am hit ting harder. Some of the newspaper boys are , inclined to think I am too confident. ■ and that my confidence will lead to • my undoing. Well, if you are not ! sure of yourself, who should be, but i that it will lead to my taking any ! foolish chances, that is something I think it is foolish to even think of. All during my career as a profes sional boxer, I have trained myself with this idea in mind. That is to take as few of my opponent's best as possible, and to hand out as many of my best in return. My idea of boxing is to blind your man with lefts, and WOMEN IN SPORT BY CORINNE FRAZIER FAIR racketers representing the Bloomingdale, Mitchell and Gar field playgrounds, were vic torious in the opening round of the girls’ interplayground sin gles net tourney which was inaugu rated yesterday on the Bloomingdale courts. Judith Fishburn of Mitchell Park defeated Margaret Moore of New York Avenue, 6—2. 7 —5, in the closest match of the day. Miss Moore seemed on the point of breaking through to take the second set, with the score 5—5, but the winner proved the steadier in the critical games. Emily Harrington of Bloomingdale disposed of Gertrude McDonald of Park View, 6—3, 6—o, while Loveye Adkins of Garfield dropped but one game in her encounter with Irene Hol lins of Burroughs playground. Following this, Miss Harrington won a second-round match over Mildred Hook of Rosedale, who had drawn a bye in the first round. Miss Harring ton’s score in this tilt was 6—3, 6—o. She w'as the only player to advance to the third round. Other first-round matches scheduled yesterday afternoon were postponed on account of rain and will be played today or tomorrow'. Betty .McDermott advanced to the third round in the Twin Oaks elimina tion singles tourney yesterday when she nosed out Sylvia Cooper. 7—5, o—3. Miss McDermott previously had fig ured in a gruelling three-set marathon from which she emerged victorious HAWm [NASH] j MOTOR CO. Conveniently Located on Fourteenth Street 1333-37 14th St. Main 5780 4 h' SPORTS;* recklessly at every turn of the train- 4 ing grind because of youthful zeal that could not be held in check. In his place is the calm veteran, conserv - ing everything for the night of battle that means either fistic oblivion or at other shot at the title done Tunney won last Fall at Philadelphia. .Tack proved that point yesterday when he played nine holes of golf in 4S. two under his best previous score. His judgment of distance in putting was excellent. Gives False Impression. ’ Only the rumor of an Injured left, arm marked the final days of Demp sey’s training. The story arose from the visit of a newspaperman to Jack s oungalow, a friendly greeting and touch of the former champion’s lcf- > arm which the scrihe found was in cased in bandages under his shirt. Ever since the opening of training here, handlers explained. Jack, after workouts, has been wearing bandages on some part of his body to keep linaments and lotions from touching his clothing. The bandages on Jack's left arm have been there for a week, they said, because of bruises received in blocking sparring partner's punches. Most conclusive proof that the left battery, Jack’s most proficient weapon, is not seriously damaged, came from the ring actions of tho former title holder during the past few days. These workouts, limited to hag-punch ing. exercises and shadow boxing, have been devoted to sharpening Dempsey’s left hook. For 12 minutes Monday and !) yesterday. Jack smashed the light and heavy bags around with his favorite punch until the moorings i strained and the leather straps threat ened to fly from the hangings. Has Shown Marked Change. The last two workouts Dempsey has progressed with a rushing drive that has appeared almost startling to the few remaining war correspondents. Weight seemed to slip from him sud denly, and speed infuse in him over night, as the vim and dash of physi cal perfection arrived exactly at the proper moment. The sluggish Dempsey of the early week was lost in a figure deminiscent of Toledo and Boyle's Thirty Acres days. Dempsey’s weight, around 200 for a week, dropped to 193. and tho former champion is expected to enter the ring scarcely 2 pounds over that figure. Dempsey’s schedule today calls for a trip to Albany about 11 a.m. Ha will catch a train for New York, wherer he will go into seclusion at a hotel until the fight. to make your opening for your right with the proper use of the left. Fighting on this system has brought me to the position which is now- mine in the pugilistic world. With the goal of my ambitions in sight, it is hardly likely that I will change my entire system of fighting. V Never, since I have learned what the game is all about, have I ever tried to make myself into what is known as a knock-out puncher—that is, I have never tried to get my man quickly with one punch. To be a deadly hitter of this type, one must hit while flat on his feet to get his full drive into his punch. When I want to take a solid stance I think I can hit just about as hard a3 any man. But you can only do this kind of punching at the sacrifice of your speed, and my idea of attack is to al ways keep speeded up and on the alert in such a fashion as to never lay yourself open to a dangerous shot if possible. Os course, you are not going to evade them all and I ex pect to get hit. For this reason I have not spared myself in training as any of my sparring partners will tell . you. When I do get hit I think I ’ will know what to do. : over Eileen Martin by a score of 8— 6, 4—6. 7—5. This match was by far the most hotly contested encounter which has been staged on the playground courts this season. Both racketers were exceptionally steady and each showed a courageous spirit in pulling out of tight places. Marathons seemed to be in order at Twin Oaks yesterday. Roselyn Row ens defeated Julia Hunter in another lengthy battle, 6—4. 3—6, 6—3. * This and the McDermott-Martin match were both first round affairs. Rosedale playground racketers were scheduled to start play this morning in their annua! tournament for the singles championship of the ground. Ruth Britt, director, will direct play. 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