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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 27, 1920 Continued

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Nov. 27, 1920


To the Editor:

Well, friends and sport lovers, the expected in boxing circles has been pulled off once more and we just grinned and swallowed it in large sized capsules.

In my experience attending boxing matches in Medford for the past 25 years, last night’s fiasco was the rawest ever pulled off here. There was not a well matched contest on the program. It was simply fill in matches in order to get the money from the public. By promoting such contests not only hurts the boxing game but brings to our city undesirables not wanted here.

Boxing is the manliest art of all sports, but has to be ruled with a rigid hand in the smaller cities in order to keep the sport clean.

Years ago we had many good boxing contests here and never were bothered by fake contests. Some of the old timers now will remember when we had such boxers here as Charley Guff, now lieutenant of police in San Francisco, Ben Schuyler, Billy Clack and Jimmy Gardner, all pupils of Jack Dempsey.

Now the question is: How can such contests as last night’s be prevented? The answer is this:

Let ten or more business men get together with the boxing commission. Organize, appoint a match maker. Pull off nine cards per year, one for every month except June, July and August. Attempt to pull no card off till the match maker is assured that he has the boxers suitable for such contest. Refuse to pay any money to any boxer who lays down or refuses to fight. Have one good contest for the main ten-round event. Fill in the preliminaries with four and six-round bouts with local talent. Have admission from $1.50 to $2.50. Then the boxing game will come into favor once again here.

While there are a lot of indignant boxing fans today, they do not want to see the sport killed by a bunch of fake fighters. In all probability different arrangements will be made in the future contests here. For it will be the only means of saving the boxing game in our flourishing little city.


— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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