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Mail Tribune 100, Nov. 27, 1920

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

Nov. 27, 1920

BOXING BOUTS AT NAT PROVE TO BE ‘HOWLING’ SUCCESS

The boxing bouts at the Nat Friday night were a howling success, and up to noon today, those who attended were still howling. The only thing knocked out was the boxing game in the Rogue River valley, and it was a “job complete” as they say in Paris.

The worst atrocity was the main event, a scheduled 10-round go between Toby Miller and George Leighie, Leighie set a new world’s record for quitting, curling up in less than five seconds of the first round. He made matters worse by trying to give an imitation of an unconscious gladiator. The dispatch with which his foe succumbed to an imaginary blow was a surprise to Miller. Some claim Leighie was hit on the jaw, if so, it was faster than the eye.

A citizen by the name of Dave Edwards got into the ring with Jess Ingram. Ingram tried to do something, but was checkmated by the hugging proclivities of Edwards, who lost no opportunity to embrace his solar plexus or clinch. The referee toiled hard to pry him loose, and he would immediately go into another. If Mr. Edwards would hang onto the plow handles like he did Ingram, the wheat crop of the world would not be short in 1921. Ingram showed up better than at any time in months, and was given the decision.

The best bout of the evening was between Johnny Carlson and Young Corbett. In the middle of the second round Young Corbett sat down a-hold of his tummy, after a lick had knocked him loose from his atmosphere. Carlson staggered him in the first round, after Corbett had been cautioned for hitting low. A delegation from Ashland sat in the front row giving Corbett moral support. Both these boys were willing, and if all had done as well the show would not have been a frost.

The curtain raiser was a four-round contest between two rising young local pugilists, who fought hard, and collected a few nickels and dimes those present hurled into the arena.

The scheduled engagement between “Shine” Edwards and “Acey” Martin did not materialize, and was what most of those present came to see, hence disappointment. Mr. Edwards made a speech, in which he said something about pork chops. Mr. Martin came right back with a short address, in which he conveyed the idea that pork chops were nothing to him. After the oratory, the next bout was called.

The total receipts of the affair were $676, about half the amount of the other two bouts, and this necessitated the cutting down of the purses, a painful process to some of the participants.

Nothing has ever happened in this vicinity that caused so much disgust and buncoed citizens expressed themselves freely half the night, as a result.

— Alissa Corman;acorman@rosebudmedia.com

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