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j i THE STANDARD MAGAZINE SECTION OG PEN, UTAH, Jr
II Larry Foley Schooling Would Have Helped Fred Fulton I
II I 1 BT J. B. SIIEItEDAN
'I htHE rocent death of Larry Foley
5 jj in AuBtralla and tho Labor
j i Day victory o Fred Fulton
j , , over Carl Morris at Canton, Olilo,
I. turns ones fancy to thoughts of tho
; hoxers. Tho baseball season Is over,
tho football season Is not yot good
and rlpo, and It may bo pleasant to
cogitate a llttlo on tho exponents,
past and present, of the manly art
f ; of self-defense.
(. Larry Foley was ono of tho makers
i ' of modern boxing. Ho conducted a
i boxing hall In Sidney, what tho
' French call a "sallo d'armcs," In con-
( . ncction -with his saloon and restaur
ant Ho was a clever chap, with a
head on him. Likeable, a good mana
ger, a thinker, and he turned out
Homo great boxers.
! When all is said and done Foley's
school was tho connecting link be
,j tween tho old and tho new In boxing.
1 Ho taught what was best in the old
) i school and invented many things that
! are now in tho curriculum of the new
1 . school. Ho helped Sullivan to tako
1 i boxing out of the slums and put it ln
i to the drawing rooms.
Thinking about Fulton, tho newest,
r thing in American pugilism, you think
about Peter Jackson and Bob Fitzslin-
mons, and aro onco more driven to
I Foley's school of boxing. For it was
, there that Jackson, Fltzslmmone, Grit-
J fo, Dawson and a host of other celc-
I j ! bratcd boxers got their first lessons
' in the art of boxing. They were prop
yl or lessons, too. Out of that liltlo
boxing school camo two of the great
I est fighters and boxers the world has
j ' j ever seen. Right hero we may stop
( to say that the whlto man has no
i i, , great cause to boast pugilistic excel
j i lenco of his race. The greatest box-
ers have been negroes. If Peter Jack-
L I son was not the greatest of fist fight-
j ers, Jack Johnson undoubtedly was.
I' J Tho question of fistic supremacy of all
i ' , 1 times lies between these two black,
j J very black, men. There can be no
J j doubt of that.
J Jeffries "Was a Leader.
1 1 Somo years ago I went Into pugilis
tic history aB thoroughly as possible,
j and, using all available data to guide
i I reason and logic, I was forced to ar
1 rive at t3io conclusion that, up to that
time, James J. Jeffries was the great
! -est pugilist that had ever lived. Peter
j ' Jaokson was a close second. This
j was before the day of Jack Johnson.
i Lator came Johnson with his decl-
t I sivo defeat of Jeffries. There arc those
I who insist that Jeffries was far from
, ' being himself when Johnson beat him.
There aro others who insisted, long
before Johnson and Jeffries over mot,
I that the black man was tho white
man's master In any number of
rounds up to twenty. They figure
J that while Johnson would outpoint
' Jeffries in a short fight, James J.
j would wear down tho negro in a long
; I bout.
Granting that Johnson could beat
Jeffries for twenty rounds, there has
not been anything in Johnson's subse
quent fights to lead anyone to believe
that tho negro would have failed to
beat Jeffries in forty, fifty or any other
j number of rounds. 'This sets Jeffries
back and fetches Johnson forward as
the chief of all fist-flghtlng men.
: , I base my opinion of Jackson's
greatness on Fltzslmmon's estimation
' of the black man. Tho world knows
M' that Fitz was the greatest man of his
weight tho ring ever held. He was an
1 utter stranger to fear. He met men
mWr GO pounds heavier than himself, and
took two cracks at Jeffries, tho giant
of them. all.
' Fltzslmmons, though, freely admltt-
( cd that ho would not enter the ring
with Jackson. Ho took on Corbett,
i ' Maher, Choynski, all the good men of
I his day, without a thought. He al-
' ways conceded Jackson best.
j "I'll fight any of them but the big
smoke," Fitz cried In the early '90s
1 when Jackson, Sullivan, Slavln, God-
( dard, Maher and other heavyweights
were striding up and down tho land.
Sound Style of Boxing.
Fltzslmmons knew Jackson from
Larry Foley's school, and he did not
1 wlBh any part of him.
f Foley taught a sound style of box-
Hl ing, tho Mace, old-English school, tho
straight left, with the right crosa, and
no such a thing aB a swing, a hook or
an upporcut. It was a beautiful and
H perfect stylo of boxing. The point of
H j it was that you must bo careful -when,
how and where you hit a man lest you
HI j hurt your own hands worse than you
!i hurt him. That stylo mado for clean,
H careful, accurate hitting, grace and
H finish.
H Jackson was one of the prettiest hlt-
H 1 tcrs tho ring ever saw, a long, perfect
H straight left, a sound right cross.
H Jackson acted like a master in the
H .ring. Ho was a big, dignified negro,
Wm ' always deferential and polite, in a
H ' , man-to-man way, not tho servile
1 Southern- darky style. He seemed to
H domlnato tho ring when ho entered It
H fHe boxed pretty much as a hospitable
host servcB dinner, with a dignity, a
desire to serve, a grand air. Ho was
always erect, cool, precise. He never
missed with a wild punch, never fell
into an ungraceful or undignified at
titude, but was quite tho fino gentle
man through It all. Tho man was nat
urally well bred, a descendant of
somo African chief, no doubt, and he
learned nothing that was to his dis
advantage in Larry Foley's boxing
school.
Fltzslmmons was not by nature
adapted to the Foley methods, as was
Jackson, but there was ono thing that
Foley always taught his pupils. That
was to fight Fltzslmmons learned that
as perfectly as Jackson learned the
straight loft and right cross. But Fitz
novor was a clean-cut Quccnsbury
fighter that Jackson was. He was a
straight-left and right-cross man until
ho carao to tho United States and
picked up the wild swings mado popu
lar by John L. Sullivan. Fitz, who
was an open-minded sort of chap,
adopted the swings, moro as faints
than anything else. It was his straight
left and right cross that saved him
when Peter Maher caught him that
unholy wallop under tho car at New
Orleans in 1802 and almost destroyed
tho most famous fighting career of all
time.
Griffo never was a fighter, and I
doubt that ho was in any sense a true
pupil of Larry Foley. Griffo was a
wonderful boxer, a slipper with his
head and a truly wonderful blocker.
Griffo did not block with his elbows
or his forearms entirely. His best
block was one at arm's length, when
he would reach forward, and, by
touching tho arm of his opponent
block, smother or deflect a punch Just
as It started. Griffo was an uncanny
boxer, undoubtedly the cleverest of all
time, but he never could hit hard, and
ho never could really win a fight.
Then his only ambition was to tipple,
in which art ho attained a pre
eminence far beyond his feats In the
ring.
George DawBon, for twenty-five
years boxing Instructor of tho Chicago
Athletic Club, was another of Foley's
pupils. Dawson had some good fights
to his. credit He beat Danny Need
ham then second to Tommy Ityan
among welterweights, and ho was,
good enough to scare Ryan himself In
to tonsilltis when they wero to havo
met at New Orleans. The nickname,
"Tonsilltis Tommy," was affixed to
Ryan after that fiasco.
Dawson beat Needham, Tommy
Traccy and hosts of other good men
before ho retired to his natural habi
tat, the berth of a boxing instructor,
for which ho wa3 eminently fitted by
skill and nature. Dawson, llko Jack
son, was a beautiful fighter, with tho
straight left and a right cross. It was
Dawson who brought tho often-barred
kidney punch into prominence by us
ing it to beat Neodham in tho early
90s.
To turn out four such pastmasters
insldo of four years, or practically at
tho same lime, was, indeed, a feat for
ono boxing school. Yet In tho middle
or early 90s Larry Foloy practically
supplied the champions of tho world,
and they wero all In America, too. Ho
had Jackson among the hoavyweighta
Fltzslmmons nmong the mlddle
woights, Dawson for the welterweights
and Griffo among the light and
featherweights, for, if ho could have
been got fit Griffo could havo done 122
pounds. As it was, ho fought at about
140, and boat all comers up to that
weight Then there was a chap
named Abo Willis, from Foley's school
that wont a long way among tho ban
tams, In fact, It took a good boy of
tho class of Cal McCarthy to tako
Willis' Australian taw.
Influx from Anstralla Felt
Tho Immigration of Australian box
ers of tho first quality left its impress
In tho American ring. Tho first Amer
ican city to feel tho effect of tho Influx
wns San Francisco, where the Dingo
boxers landed. So Corbett, Choynski
and scores of other Americans lcarn
od from the Australians who came out
of Larry Foley's school in Sydney.
That tho public exhibitions and
matches of the Australians had its of-,
feet upon, the American style of box-
lng may be Imagined.
So, in the light of the past, the pres
ent Is Interesting, and thought of Lar
ry Foley and hla sallo d'armes gives
us a better understanding of the over
lords of tho ring of today.
SInco tho days of Jackson Corbett,
Slavln and Fitzsimmons, Fred Fulton,
tho Kansas-born bricklayer, is the
most distinctively American boxer.
The big conqueror of Langford, Mor
ris, Welncrt and many other good men
Is American all through, In looks,
lineage and temporamont He is big
enough and good enough to whip any
living man. That ho can, or cannot
do S0j is a question of gamcness, stam
ina, fighting Instinct, general temper
ament SInco Fulton put Morris, the pet of
tho fight trust, out of the way, he Is
tho only possible opponent of Cham
pion Willard, who has heen, tho world
will ngree, a mush champion. Willard
is somo 3G or 37 years old. IIo never
was and never will be an attractive
fighter. He Is a great whale of a man
who can fall on his opponent and
smother them. Willard is no Queens
berry champion. Thereforo the best
that can happen to the good old game,
which, for all Its faults, is a man's
sport, Is that Willard shall retire, or
better still fight Fulton and get out.
While Whipping Wns Good.
It Is as certain as most things that
Willard never can bo got into condi
tion for a good fight He is immense,
4
ho is ancient, he has been fed up on
hog and hominy until he is a very
mountain of a man. Ho cannot be got
fit for a fight and it Is by no means
certain that, if ho could bo fitted, he
could, tho best day ho over saw, whip
Fulton. Truo, ho did whip Johnson
when Johnson was old and fat and
when it was advisable that Johnson,
should be whipped. For Johnson
was no longer a tool whereby money
could be minted. It Is well to under
stand that Johnson could mako more
money by being whipped than by
whipping, that he was broke and
needed tho money that could be made
by being beaten.
It is no secret among followers of tho
P. R. that Its major motions are con
trolled by a syndicate consisting of
three major officials and many minor
officials. Thoso major officials once
managed Johnson. When their tool
broke tho laws of tho United States
and was obliged to flee tho country or
spend a long term In prison his value
was done. He was no moro good to
himself or to them. Lawyers had
plucked tho unfortunate black clean
of his money. Ho was a stranger in
a strange land "stone broke."
The sj'ndicato was not making any
money. Neither was Johnson. Both
needed money. How was it to bo got?
Clearly not by Johnson beating any
other fighter. Johnson could not show
in tho United States after tho fight
Pictures showing a black man beating
up a white man wero not popular, es
pecially In states below the Mason
and Dixon line. Tho syndicate had
found that out when they tried to
show the pictures of Johnson beat
ing Jeffries In Southern states.
Manifestly, the way to mako money
was to beat Johnson. To that end
Willard was selected,, a big, strong,
cumbersome, healthy soft of a cow
boy. Johnson was old, lie did not
train and ho did not care very much
about winning.
So Willard became champion of the
world.
Forced fruit novor has tho flavor of
tho naturally grown article. A forced,
hand-made, rnisnd-iindor-niass cham
pion, never has tho flavor of a natural,
obstacle-overcoming, gallant-fighting
champion. Willard proved a dismal
falluro as a money-makor for the
syndicate.
Cut Loose from Syndicate.
Not only that he proved himself a
tightwad. Ho made somo money, but
so soon as he found himself In ?, posi
tion to go it as an Independent lie told
tho syndicate to go to, that he had
bought his own circus and would not
fight or divvy any more.
Clearly It was up to tho syndicate to
do something. In the first place it had
to protect Its prestige or else it could
not hope to dictate to on to own
fighters in the future. So It was Its
business to get Willard licked or make
him relinquish the money-making title
of champion. ,
To lick Willard the syndicate picked
Carl MorrIsr the Sapulpa giant, who
was already one of Its working men.
Morris is Just a big felow who can
take a beating, a sort of a much mag
nified edition of one Battling Nelson,
only not so fast nor so attractlvo a
person as Nelson, just a whale of a
man who could take a punching. Mor
ris can't give much of a clean punch.
Pie can maul a man, crowd a man, roll
on a man, weary a man, but he can't
cut in with a owift punch and hurt
a man.
In a word Morris is a good-natured
big chap, but tho last man In the
world to attract tho admiration of the
people. So he was a bad man for the
picking of the syndicate. But the
syndicate could not see the difference
between a fast, attractive, shining
chap who could put up brilliant fights
and shine in the newspapers, and a
sodden hulk of a man who was about
as attractive ' in the ring as a fat
porpoise.
However the syndicate wanted a
tractable man and they found him In
Morris. He could be dependod upon to
split his earnings with the men who
control fighting for no one else cares
to control It in tho United States.
In order to qualify Morris for a
match with Willard they matched
Morris against Fulton In New York.
Fulton would havo made a good man
for the syndicate but for one thing
ho was too keen an American to hand
it 80 per cent of his earning. Which
was moro good reason why Morris
should whip Fulton. A syndicate can
not bo a syndicate unless it can make
its people behave.
To the end that Morris should whip
Fulton no pains were spared. In
these affairs it Is most important that
tho referee shall bo "right." This
does not mean that tho referee shall
bo crooked. Not at all. It means that
he should be the stylo of man who
will stand for the peculiar style, or
styles, of tho boxer you want to win.
When the syndicate chose a referee
for the Fulton-Morris fight they chose
a man who was famous for his fancy
for rough work, clinching, pulling,
hauling, butting, elbowing, palming,
the thousand and one tricks that
enable strong and heavy men to ovcr
como a slighter opponent
Morris fought In total violation of all
Queensberry rules. Ho clinched, hug
ged like a bear, butted like a bull,
pulled like a wrestler and kicked like
a steer. Fulton did not like this sort
of fighting and got back in kind. For
which he was promptly disqualified.
But tho American peoplo novor havo
fallen for a mado champion. ,They re
fused to Uxko Peter Maher when Cor
bett "resigned" in his favor. They re- i
fused to take Luther McCarty when jmm
Jeffries handed him the belt They re- :
fused to accept Morris when a referee ,
mado him champion. j
The syndicate did not profit much by
the decision which gavo Morris tho
victory on a foul over Fulton. But
this decision had its peculiar psycho-
logical effect Having won In the eyes i
of the referee, the syndicato fancied ;
that Morris might really and truly
whip Fulton in a fair, square match mW
under a real Qucensborry referee. So
do the prejudices and passions of men
deludo them. Jl
So the syndicate matched Morris to iiJB
fight Fulton at Canton, Ohio, on last K&yijJ
Labor Day, Matt Hinklc of Cleveland vffl
referee. Morris fought as always,
foul, and was promptly disqualified
after Fulton had given him a very
nasty cutting up. ;
In Grip of Syndicate.
Now Fulton Is the man that Willard
must fight or resign to. So far the syn- 'l
dlcate has no hold on Fulton. Proba- fH
bly the syndicato will get somo hold, if
not on Fulton, then on Fulton's earn- IH
lngs. Fulton will want to fight, will
have to fight to make money.' Now
comes his harvest It is easy to
"queer" a prize fight Tho syndicato IH
is adept in that art So. in order to
fight and to make a living, Fulton will '
havo to stand for what amounts to
blackmail. I
There are things about Fulton that
I do not like. Pie does not seem to
care for an uphill battle. It does not i 'H
appear that he is a deadly game, cool JVk
man. Ho has been up against the p
"brace," It is truo. So has many jfifl
another good mnn.' The trouble is not
with being up against tho "brace,"
but with the fight that Fulton put up
against it Fulton did not "go good"
when Morris had tho refereo with him
In Now York. He acted peevishly.
Nor did Fulton go well when he had
a.squaro referee nnd got the decision
at Canton. He walked out of tho ring
because Hlnkle would not disqualify jH
Morris for fouling. EH
Morris fouled all right and should jH
have been disqualified. Hinklo was tho
best judge of when to do it Fulton
has no business acting pettishly and
quitting, for that is what ho did whon
he walked out of the ring. Walking jH
out of the ring would have been tiken
as cowardice In the old days, and It H
merited disqualification for Fulton at 'H
Canton. Hinklo had not disqualified
Morris when, Fulton walked out of tho IH
ring, then he should have disqualified 'VH
Fulton.
The fact was that Hinklc wanted to
givo the spectators a run for their j
money, which is right after all. But
what Is the use of having rules if jH
these rules are not enforced. Hinklo
should havo disqualified Fulton, and
left him to settle with tho dlsap
pointed crowd. !H
It Is rather a pity that Fulton was 'jjJ
not reared in tho school of Larry iH
Foley, where men wore taught to tako -H
tho worst of it, hit hard, fight cleanly
and then win.
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