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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 31, 1912, Image 14

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'Kilbane "by reason 6i his first vie?
ytory, Attell will be disappointed,
for the Kilbane of today does not
,, resemble the Kilbane of a -year
ago. He is orie of the fastest
and cleverest boxejs.jn the game.
Kilbane is at Venice, near Los
Angeles, training with Champion
Johnny Coulon and Tommy Kil
bane, under the eye of Manager1
Jim Dunn The Kilbanes are not
related. Johnny has , defeated
Tommy, but recently they made
up, after an enmity of years.
It was Tommy Kilbane who
boxed Attell in Cleveland, the
night the champion's shoulder
was broken. This -accident, 'it is
said, started Abe' on the back
ward journey. Kilbane outweigh
ed Attell and was winning when
the accident occurred.
It would be stirange if Johnny
should win from Abe, using Tom
my as a stepping stone to the
It was not until Johnny knock--
-fed out Rivers trjat he became a
"'national figure. Rivers won a de
cision over Kilbane in one bout,
"but refused to. meet him again un
ttil .he saw Kilbane1-just shade
.Patsy Kline. While watching
this bout he decided Kilbane
would be easier and fell into a
cleverly baited trap, set by Jimmy
la commanding po'sition.
Few victories surprised the
fight fans more than Johnny Ki
bane's knockout of Rivers. John
ny was not supposed to possess a
punch, and when he knocked out
the tough Mexican, it was a'
shock. Also, as Kilbane tells it,
the K.Q, was the result of a care
ful plan.
"Referee Eyton made us, break'
from clinches, by walking, be
tween us," 'Kilbane told me. "He
generally went through from my
left, and thisjave Rivers a chance!'
to draw back his right for a hay
maker. As soon as Eyton sep
arated us, Rivers would rush and
swing -his right. I laid for him
half a dozen times, with a right
hook, but missed him by inches.
"We separated readily enough
for Eyton, 'but once I held on for
a minute and then stepped backx
quickly. 1 saw Rivers start his
swing. I stepped inside and
hooked my right tohis jaw, just
as he was coming sin. He went
down for nine and when he got up
I measured him andicnocked hiih
out. That's all there -was to it."
Tommy Kilbane, now a light
weight, is to fight Rivers, who
has also graduated from the
-featherweight class. He is con
Kilbane is a naturals feather
weight. He can make 120 ring
side and does not have to reduce
a bit to make 122, at which he will
meet Attell. He will 'e'hter the
ring with every bit of his strength
and speed and like manv others.
J believe he will annex the crown
worn so long and so masterfully;
by, Abe Attell. A -
fident he can beat the Mexican
and if he does he wjll jump into J

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