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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 04, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 10

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Young men who have aspired to
reach fame and wealth by hard work
and study can now lay away their
books and buy a pair of boxing
gloves. The ring game is the road
to wealth, and the public pays the
freight """ -
Jess Willard and Frank Moran
have been matched to fight ten
rounds in New York, March 17, and
for their work they will get a com
bined purse of $67,000. Of this, the
champion will receive $47,000 and
Moran will get the remainder.
Willard is the champion, but not a
titleholder with a victory-studded
record, and the purse is beyond all
pop-eyed dreams. No other man in
ring history has ever received such a
sum for ten rounds work. No other
man was ever worth it, and no fight
er ever will be worth that much coin.
Moran, a challenger, with a couple
of victories over Jim Coffey and the
prestige of having remained 20
rounds before Jack Johnson, gets
$20,000. Lots of able men with bulg-1
tog brows will work for ten years
and get less than Moran makes in
ten rounds, or thirty minutes.
Tex Reckard has secured the bout
and it win be held in New York. A
first payment of $2,500 was made to
Willard yesterday and the remainder
will be paid in installments, the last
one the day before the men enter the
This is only another one of the
recent series of extravagant purses
for ten-round bouts. When Packey
McParland and Mike Gibbons were
given a combined purse of $32,500
for ten rounds the fans thought that
was something large. It was. But
-here come two heavyweights, who
may fight and may flounder around
the ring, and they get more than
twice as much. And neither of them,
In their weight division, compares
with McParland or Gibbons for fistic
ability. i
Willard and his backers, who have '
been stalling for some time, didn't
know there was so much money in
the world and they jumped at the
New York offer. Sometime the
heavyweight champion may defend
his title in a twenty-round bout
Either that, or be classed with
Freddie Welsh, who hasn't really
risked his title since he won it.
Vic Moran floored Charlie White
momentarily in the first round of
their fight at Memphis, but Charlie
evened things by knocking Moran to
his knees twice in the second and
had a margin at the end of the eight
rounds. None of the knockdowns
amounted to anything, but Moran
took the most punishment
Now the story is out that Chicago
men may buy the Cleveland Ameri
can league club, John V. Burns and
Patrick V. Walsh being the men"
mentioned. Burns is in the saloon
business and Walsh is a contractor.
Ban Johnson has been in an extend
ed conference with the bankers han
dling the Cleveland team.
Coincident with this rumor came
the report that George Stovall might
be made manager of the Indians, but
the difficulty Stovall has had trying
to get the ear of Johnson makes his
prospects gloomy.
Stovall, chief agent for the Feds in
signing organized athletes, waited
outside Johnson's office all day yes
terday in an effort to see the Ameri
can league czar, but had no luck.
Johnson declared in Kansas City that
Stovall was not the kind of an ath
lete his organization wanted.
But Stovall is a good baseball man,
and when he had the Indians under
his management for a short time he
made a good showing with them. It
will be unfair to him to block him
out, and, though there may be state
ments that a blacklist doesn't exist,
suspicion will be aroused, for Stovall
is better than several men who have
been taken up by organized baseball.
Roger Bresnahan also had a co?

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