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m THE OGDEN STANDARD, SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 1911?. I Fulton's Chances Stronger After Cowler Bout ( II K i 'j- -demonstrates' rC ; I Hr iHl ap (Nv5 f APu7icH(g j- sss i v 1 El!! "-5BBfci 0E2 ! ;T" 'T'thbwjllard smile If FULTON 1 !'' i Corhett norkrd enough, but always lr.- I 1 1 All but Out in Recent I Battle, He Fought Gamely j Through Three Rounds, Came Bach and Knocked HisClever Opponent Out BY J B. SHERIDAN, i HF.N Fred Pulton waa all but knocked "'it by Tom Cowler in tliir WW wghl round boul at St. Louie March 11, man experts on boxing amid B J that Fulton had no chance to lcal Willard when they met later on B I Fulton made a bad showing. Cowler is a big, clever chap, but he was too fat and B alow. Were it not for these things he, very probably, would have beaten Fulton B in two rounds instead of being knocked out by him in the fifth round. The B experts do not seem to rate Cowler very highly and when he all but put ' J Fulton away in the first round, and had all the letter of the first three rounds, k thej shook their heads and said "What will Willard Jo to that big stick? ' bll 1 VnlMM Jl.l msls mum Vi-(n lie roe HiH In Jim Jeffrie in A nlfilCatin B was In much better condition than U B Cowler. Cowler all but put him out. B Good condition enabled Fulton to rc- BBh cover an t knock out Cowler. who WSJ) ' not In condition and Who could not feoms bau k However, snap Judgment, or any Judgment based on his fight with Cow ler, must do Kulton an injustice. Many first-class men have been B caught with a lucky wallop and all but BB put away. The great Sullivan wan for- B innate that hie reputation, and clever BBV management bark of Mm, enabled him BB to get out of the ring with Patsy Car- B ilff and Domlnlck McCaffcry without i - ng defeats chalked against him. Sullivan was out of condition on both aflons and was opposed by clever, tapable fighters Had he hern com pelled to so on he could not have won. He might have lost. Cardiff really B had him beaten, but Sullivan Maimed ! that he had broken a bone in his wrist and withdrew To quit was regarded ; as one of Sullivan's privilege He I o ild do what no other pugilist dare ! ij and get away with It. Jscksoa Underrated Smith. ' Denver Ed Smith had the great jj Teter Jackson thoroughly beaten at Battery V Chicago, about lS'.'l Jark- on wa not fit and underrated Smith, 1 who was really a clever two-ha:He'' jj fighter and a great hitter. Had Snvith I Deen a. careful liver he would hue l ranked with the best of them, sfornc i Dne got him tit afterwards and he gave I Carrier Joe" Goddard. a man eater j ,ie beating of his checkered career, j Joddard was the first man to start j: Jackson on the downward path, .'to was a terrible felloe, the roughest of the rough, a foul fighter, but game a:id :apable of taking a terrible gruelling jj Joe Choynskl almost nipped the con- j luerlng career of Bob Fltzslmmons 1 4 . lucky tunch. Fltz s amazing vitality 1 alone saed him George La Blanche B i twice beat Jack Dempsey with lucky I .ow when )t jnpsey was methodically k and leisurely chopping him to pieces. j; The world remembera what jaxk Muu- i b rap in Butte, also what Jeffries did to Jack when he got himself fit later on. Jn fact, there have been few cham pions who hac not had a close call at one or another time In their careers. And when you consider the number of chances taken In a boxing bout, the enormous number of blows started, and the difficulty of escaping these blows, the wonder is that the better man wins as often as he does. R tally, risk con sidered, there should be more form up sets in boxing than there arc 1 have seen twenty blows, any one of which would have beaten the better man had It been an Inch or two closer or an in ?tant quicker, go harmless by and the man who should have won did win, though he might very well have lost. Cowler Is Clever. Bo It will be well not to take Fulton's mishap with Cowler any too seriously. Cowler Is a great big, fast fellow, he is clever, he can hit. and. if he would only take pugilism seriously and train hard instead of making life one long, sweet sonr. he might be champion of the world himself. Then remember that though all but out, down for the count of nine, Pulton came around and knocked out Cowler Kulton came from as far back as a man can possibly come In a tlst-flght He was all but dc.id to the world. He came around, fought uphill for thrc; round?, and then came out on top. In deed, to my way of thinking, the fight was one of the most creditable that Fulton has ever made ny man can win when everything goes right for bin everything went wrong for Fulton It was a bad match In the first place yet he kept on and triumphed. He proved what had been doubted, his gameness Of course, Fulton fought through habit and instinct, not gatne-nc?;- but. all the same, he stayed, took a beating, and won. In all human prob ability the fight did him no end of good. fo, on the uhole, I would Bay that the poor showing against Cowler Is moro creditable and more beneficial to Ful- ton thn an cur;. Victory would have been In any event, we must rate Fulton, not on his allowing with Cowler, In on, two, four or five rounds, but on his general record as compared with Wil lard a record. Kxperts may say that Fulton's show, mg against Cowler dots not go him a look in with Willard. Yet wo find that Fulton has made much better showings .ngalnst the men that he has fodght and that Willard has fought than the latter has made Save his defeat of Jacfc Johnson, which no well-informed boring expert takes seriously. Willard haa beaten no man who at all ompares with Sam' Langford. whom Fulton not only whipped, but made Uit, In six rounds. It will be remembered that the best John6n ever did with Langford was to get a decision from him April SC. 1008, at Chelsea, Boston. Thl was before either Johnson or ltigford had achieved any great meed of fame and were, presumably, boxing "on the level." Fulton Beati Langford. Also let It be rememberej that Wil lard no .sooner had taken the Champion ship from thn aglnc, bankrupt and needy Johnson, who probably made much more money by losing than he could have made by winning from Wil lard. than the Kansan promptly drew die color line against the same l.ang ford. Then Fulton Went OUt and made Uant; ford quit In six rounds; Just took him on quietly and punched him Into a pulp. There Is slight use In discussing the value of Willard's win over Johnson. The world knows that Willard or any other man that ever lived, bar, perhaps, Jeffries or Jaikson at h'.s best, could net bare whipped the real Jack Johnson. Willard s w in over the Texan was no more creditable than Johnson's win over the hupe derelict that had once been James J. Jeffries, champion pugilist of the world. for, in the Mrst place, It was up to Johnson to loec. A' a money-making asset his championship title was no good. He wa barred from the United Ptates. Great Britain and PrUnoo, th-j only places where a boxer can make r.mne . The title w as fallow so lon a Johnson held it. No one could make a olme off It. It was to the interest of promoters and of Johnson himself, to have the title go to a white m-n who could make use of it for himself and for promoters of boxing clubs, the theatrical managers, etc. In other words Johnson had some thing that was very valuable In the ri'ht hands, but of no earthly use to him l hen Johnson was aging, had dlsl-p-.ted and perhaps might lose anyhow. Then Willard heat him The title was back where It belonged, where it did some good to somebody. 'there can be no doubt that LencfOKl could have beaten Johnson as he wa wlun Willard beat hlm But Langford was aging und hlark and no blae' man CUP do as much with the champ'.-.tishlp Bl a white man. So let us take the men with whom both Willard and Fulton hat trd conclusions. First we have Arthur Pel key. I'elkey "tayed twelve rounds to a no-declBlpn with Willard in 1912. Ful ton knocked out I'elkey In live rounds in IU19. The Cnrl Morris An,;le. Next ranic Carl Morris. The big fire man went ten rounds, no decision, with Willard. Many critic did noi IIkc blc Jess" showing with the Oklahoma leviathan. Fulton fattened Carl pretty ihoroughU in live rcunda and com pelled him to lose on a foul. Of courao Fulton also tost on an alleged foul to Morris, but It was generally admitted that th sorner had fought so foully that Fulton was to be forgiven for hav ing fouled him In return. QunbOBt Smith gave Willard a real trimming In twenty rounds May J". Mis. Remember, too. that his win is a rare one in a long list of no decision and lost bouts cn the part or the '.lun boat. Willard lost to Smith In twenty rounds. Four ear. Iatr Fulton put out the Gunner In seven rounds Then came Tom McMshon in March, l'14, to heat Willard In twelve rounds. Pulton knocked out Mc.Mahon In six i ounds In b'lfi. after Willard had won the championship from Johrson. he too on Frank Moran. They went ten rounds to no declrion Willard taii ellghtly the better of a tame bout. In February. Wig, Kulton put. away Moran In three rounds and could have df ne It quicker had he wanted to. Summed up. wt find, that egallUt rive men, WUlard has fought sixtv-two i ounds to two defeats anil three no ileclslons and no wins, while agaJjUt the s-tme fixe men Fulton has had to go but twenty-seven rOCnda to the vlc t rles. four of them clean knockouts, one a loul. This makes Fulton look ' to 1 the belter fighter than Willard. He had hH men knocked out, the right over and the mrnev collected while Willard was farming up for two loaaCB and three n dsolfloni. On record, thero Is nothing to It but Fulton You get no consolation out of Wil lard's other rights save that against Johnson which, for reasons set forth above, we have ' thrown out of court." In all we find that in seven years of boxing Willard has thirteen knockouts of fair and good men to his credit. In five years we find that Fulton had knocked twenty-one men. most Of them much better than any man Willard has knocked out. barring Johnson. Careers of Willard and Fulton 1 W. L. K. K by W. F. Tv. F. D. N.D. I V.'illard ....18 4 3 0 0 l 1 II Fulton 3U 4 0 1 a o S The lighters Met by Both Men. I Willard Fulton. Lm Decision. Rdfc Opponent. Decision Rds. Iff No dec 10 A Pelkey. K. 6 I No dec. 10 C Morris. W. F. Lost. 20 G. B. Smith. K 7 1 Lost 12 T. McMahon. K No. dec. 10 f. Moran. k. 3 111 Total rounds . . 6 J Total rounds 27 U V Willard's other fights. K. O., J. 7pung (2). F Bowers, Sailor V. bite, Roldler Kearne, J. Leon. Boor Roedel (3), G. Davis. D. Klley, J. Johnson; draw, Charley Miller: won, J. luid, A Williams, no decitlon. L MrCarfy. Fulton's other fights; K, O. S. Klosbv. J. Moran, F Farmer, B Clark, O. I.ogan, T Keller, A Andersen 2), J. Flynn, A Reich. Ill P. Flynn T Cn lei (), B Langford, C. TN'elnert. B. Dcvcre. U Tate. ,1 w etc won. foul C. Welnert; n r decision, p, Flynn; draw, B. Mleke; j jjl loat, foul, C Morrla; K 0 by A1 Palter early .n rini career J I "4. On the records Fulton snould win eat-lly. But records are rot the only th!nt:s to be considered. The morale of tbe fiKhters, the t"nirieran,ent, the condition of the men. the righting Instinct is of primary importance. Let it be said at once that Willard Is not a real fighting man That Is to say. he does not like to fight Fi I marlly, he Is a stockman and farmer. Standing In the stock yards selllns ;i carload of cattle Is Willard's proper place. We may as well say here that Fulton Is not a born fighting man. either Ha la primarily and naturally a mechanic, a bricklayer or plasterer He Is not a gay, debonair fighting man. This much must be said In favor of Willard He Is a sound, fresh, power ful and well-behaved fellow. He lives a sound, home life. He has never tak en anything out of himself by dissi pation. There is no reason to doubt that Ful ton is also a clean liver However, it Is bruited about that he Is not quite so wholesome In his method of living as Willard, who lives with the healthy simplicity of one of his own steers. W about doubt, Willard can stand up and take a long mauling He has no nerves, he is strong and patient as an ox. Fulton also is of a bovine nature, but does not seem to be so healthy or vital ly powerful as Willard It has been held against Fulton that he did not show much boxing skill against Cowler. Well. Cowler did not give him much of a chance to display boxing skill He leapt upon him at tho tap of the first bell and all but put him out In the first minute of flghi Ing. Befog a man s brain that way, and he won't show much boxing skill. That Fulton held on until his brain cleared Is testimony that ho did well. Further, from what I have seen of Fulton, he has got Just one boxing asset a long, strong and accurate left hand , Now. a good left hand is about the bexl thing that a boxer can possess. I have seen faster, snappier and moro dexterously used left hands than that owned by Fulton, but I do not think that I have ever seen so long and so strong a left as that employed by the Minnesota miller Fulton Is like Jeffries, a natural left hander. He writes, cuts his food and does everything with his left hand, it i5 longer left hand than that of Jef fries, and probabl) stronger Take away that left hand, and 1 would not give much for Fulton's chances as a boxer. He Is not at all -o stror. , in the body or Jaw as Willard Is. Wil lard can probably take a much harder beating about the Jaw and body thin Fulton can take. The plasterer Is flat chested Ho carries no flesh. W illarl Is round-bodied and carries flesh. Long experience has taught me that the be.T. men and dogs and horses, the best com petitors of all sorts, are round-bodied and deep In the abdomen. Every ca pable trainer of athletes likes a man to carry some extra flesh. They love to train a man who has ilesh to lose It is an axiom among old trainers that every man feels good when he is los ing flesh. You have heard of men "training up," putting on weight in stead of taking It off. That would be bad. If. Indeed. It could be done No doubt a sick man, or a man much in doors, can put on flesh while training, if he docs he will not feel good. Thirty years of experience has taught me that all great performers must eat heavily and endure hard work This goes for animals as well as men. Tho great race horses have almost all bcon heavy in the abdomen and big eaters. "One-gutted. ' meaning slim in the ab. domen. Is a term often used to express utter contompt on the race track. 1 got a rare Illustration of the weak ness of the slim-bellied, light feeding men as opposed to the hearty eater when Corbett was training for Fitzsim mons I'orbett was slim through the stomach, never gathered flesh He never went to breakfart hungry. A grapefruit and a cup of coffee made breakfast for Pom padour Jim Fltz was not heavy in the hips or body, but he bulged a bit in the stom ach and he put on weight when out of training Corbett never had to take off weight. FJtz always had flesh to con vert into muscle. If not to lose. Fitz a Hard Worker. Fitsslmmone was a great believer in b ird work when training. He believed in fresh air and out-of-door work So at Carson City he was out every morning and afternoon over tho worst roads n the world, plowing through the snow,, which often was waist deep, and climb ing the Sierras It was the best sort ot work for a fighter. Road work Is ul ways the best sort of work The rough er the road the better the work. I'll, was dolpg from twenty to thirty miles a day in clear, cold weather over the Nevada roads. doors It was dlflieult to InrrVe him to ' ' : i to w ilk from hl -Wf quarters Indoors to the handball courl because Of the cold. Jim was brought Mp I in San Francisco, where It rarely snows, and where It la never what any North- erner would call cold. I The result of this was that Fltzslm- mons let t'orbett beat and punch him at will for eight roundn. When Jim, soft fl from indoor .work, tired, the old road racer, bleeding like a atuck pig. but strong as a Hon. plowed Into Jim an 1 I pushed him all over the ring. The solar plexus punch has been B called a fluke. Corbett has always B thought he could have beaten Fltz had I not that punch landed. I hail money B Wagorid on i'orbett. I was "strong for him." but I never thought he had .v B chance to win after the eighth round. B He was scoring on Fitzslmmons rlgnt B to the end. he was much the better box- I cr, but, despite his pecks, old Fltz war. boring into him. not caring whether ha fl got hit or hit. lie felt Corbett tiring. I his blows losing power, he was wild to I get to close quarters and finish it- I Afterward t'orbett said: "He Is a fun I ny fellow. Fltzsimmons. Gee, I used to hear of him plowing through the moun- I i ling and snow In Nevada I never I could do that." 1 That" was v. iat won for Kuby Koo- I .ov w uiarci looks like a sounder body I than Fulton. Just as Fltz WAS a oour.d- j th itatemenl thai Willard eats, digests what he eats better than Ful ton does, that hH stomach, lungs, hca; t rnd arteries are sounder than those -,; Fulton Not that Fulton Is not a stro:: : and sound man. Willard is exception ally slrong and sound and healthy As a boxer WUlard has two better hands than Fulton has, but 1 dOUot that hie left is as good as that of itv; plasterer. Willard's right must bo better than Fulton's right, for Fulton's right Is not much. Up to Fulton's Left. So. we may figure Willard. sounder and an all-around I better boxer than Fulton, but with a less effective han I than Fulton's long, strong, stiff .in: cruel left. We have seen that a loft hand Is tlie best tool that a boxer can have. v e have also seen that WUlard exosena Fulton in stay'ng ability, nerves and two-handed power. Therefore. If Fulton is to win, his left hand must win for him. En order to win Willard need but get past that left hand. but to get oast a good left hand IS tho hardest thing a boxer can have asked of him. The fighting instinct, the exhilaration which some men feel In battlo. Is not very strong In cither Willard or Ful ton, not strong enough to decide tho conflict, to have any great effect upon It In any way Fulton probably likes to light better than WUlard, but is not so even tempered nor so patient. It Is a matter of left hand with Ful ton. His left hand must win for him as It won for Peter Jackson and mair another good man. What must Willard do to beat that left hand? Clearly Willard's greatest asset Is als superior strength, health and weigh'., if he can keep Fulton's long left out ol his face and stomach and throw his Weight on the plasterer, rough him :n clinches. Willard should win. If tho Pottawotamia giant Is fit and keeps "i it left out of his face and stomach Fultoa is In for a bad time It Is a caso of a good left hand, strong, straight, natural, but not cleverly used, against two fair hands, a better consti tution, greater v. eight and a mora equa ble, better-pclsed character. Can Willard avoid Fulton's left? It you cau answer that question ou caj pick rue wiuncr.