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He Succeeds in Defeating James J. Corbett
After Fourteen Rounds of the Hardest Kind
of Fighting

The Contest Was One of the Hardest Fought Seen
by Modern Disciples of Pugilism Ungovernable
Rage of the Defeated Man as Soon as He Learned
He Had Become a "Has Been" and an "Ex."

_ Carson, March 17. - Under a clear
sky and in a valley far above the sea,
encircled by snow-capped mountains
which glistened in the bright sun-
light, making a picture such as was
never seen before on an occasion of
the kind. James J. Corbett went down
to defeat today before Robert Fitz-
simmons, who became the champion
heavyweight pugilist of the world.
_ The victory was not gained without
a struggle, in fact victory did not seem
possible for Fitzsimmons, who until
the last moment of the battle was giv-
ing every indications of slowly going
to pieces. He delivered a blow in a
vital part and followed it with two
others which sent the Californian to
the floor with the agony of pain and
despair depleted on his face, and was
unable to rise within the limit which
would save him.
_ When the defeated champion finally
arose with the assistance of his at-
tendants and recovered sufficiently
from his dazed condition to realize
the calamity that had befallen him, he
broke out with all the fury of an en-
raged animal, and discarding all the
rules which govern the art of which he
is a disciple, rushed at his victorious
opponent and made a vain struggle
to beat him over the ropes, only desist-
ing when his own seconds and friends
forced him away.
_ And then the new champion was
borne to his dressing room amid the
cheers of the 5,000 people who were in
the arena, accompanied by his seconds
and trainers, and also by his wife, who
had watched him from a position with-
in a few feet of the ringside, and who
had taken in every detail, even at the
time when it looked as if her husband
would be knocked insensible.


_ It was a great contest, but notwith-
standing the cheers for the victor, the
majority of those who witnessed the
fight could not feel a sense of dis-
appointment at the result, believing
as they did that victory was taken
from Corbett at a moment when he
seemed sure of gaining it himself.
_ The contest was accompanied by the
usual delays which attended such af-
fairs, due largely to the wait for the
hour when the sunlight would be the
brightest so that the new electrical de-
vice, the verascope - which was located
at the ringside, would be able in taking
an actual living picture of the fight.
_ For two hours before the men en-
tered the ring the crowds gathered at
the arena, the temporary structure of
vast dimensions having a canvas cov-
ered ring in the center with row after
row of plain boards, each rising from
each side and with no covering but
the clear blue sky above.


_ It was a moment after the noon hour
when the principals and their seconds
appeared, and both were greeted with
great cheers. George Siler, the referee,
arranged the few preliminary matters in
a short time. and at 12:30 o'clock the
battle commenced. Little was accom-
plished by either of the men in the first
round, but in the next few rounds Cor-
bett had every advantage. In the fifth
round he punished Fitz severely, bat-
tering him on the face and body until
the blood streamed from his face, and
he finally sank to his knees, to avoid
further punishment, remaining there
until nearly all the allotted time had
expired, when he arose and succeeded
in continueing the contest for the few
remaining seconds of the round. Nearly
all the spectators thought the end was
at hand, but the Australian rallied
and fought a game battle for nearly
eight rounds more, though there were
several occasions during that time
when Corbett seemed to have had him
going. Fitz landed a number of blows
on Corbett, and they were hard, too,
but they seemed to have very little ef-
fect on him.


_ At the opening of the fourteenth
round Corbett looked the winner.
though somewhat tired he was still
strong and was displaying more science
and continued to pound the Australian
and keep up the stream of blows. And
then came the final blow. The blow
which ended the fight was a left hand
punch delivered just below the heart.
This was more effective as Corbett was
leaning backward when it came. It
caught him on the tensely drawn mus-
cles just over the spleen, and must
have caused the most intense agony.
_ Corbett was more unconscious from
pain than from the force of the blow.
As he lay writhing and groveling on
the floor his face presented the most
ghastly appearance imaginable. No
man in a last death struggle round
have horrified the spectators more, and
his agonizing cries of pain could be
heard above the cheers for the victor.


_ Then followed the wildest scene of
the day, when he arose to his feet and
with all the strength he had left,
rushed at his opponent and tried to
finish the contest. Those nearest the
ring jumped over the ropes, in spite
of all efforts of the police to prevent
them, and in a moment the entire en-
closure was filled with a howling, shout-
ing mob and the noise and confusion
were so great that the referee was
hardly able to announce his decision,
awarding the fight to Fitz.
_ In the midst of it all, Corbett, who
had been forced to his corner by his
friends, broke away from them and
rushed at Fitzsimmons a second time,
but this time instead of attempting to
renew the fight, he implored his victor
to give him another chance to accept
a challenge from him. This was re-
fused and warm words followed. Fitz
was borne away with all the glory of
his new-won victory and Corbett left
to return to his home in San Fran-
cisco, carrying with him the despair of

The Ex-champion Seemed
Confident of a Decided Victory.

_ Although many members of the camp
at Shaw's Springs were up at daylight,
not a sound was allowed to disturb the
morning silence until about 7 o'clock,
when Corbett awoke. The big fighter
hurried through his bath and dressing
and soon entered the parlor of the hotel
where his trainers and relatives anxi-
ously awaited him. A cheery "Morning,
everybody," showed his temper to be in
satisfactory condition.
_ "How do you feel, Jim?" White anxi-
ously inquired.
_ "Fine as silk, Charley, old boy; never
better," and the champion slapped his
groom on the back with a friendly
energy that almost upset the stout
New Yorker. White led Corbett to a
window, where he carefully looked him
over, paying particular attention to the
apperance of his eyes, and questioning
him as to how his lungs and throat
_ "You could not be in better shape,"
was the trainer's verdict, when the
examination was over. "Your wind is
perfect, and your eyes clear and you are
fit in every way for the fight of your
_ Corbett declared he had a splen-
did sleep and was greatly rested and re-
freshed. He took a turn or two on
the hotel veranda, and then had break-


_ Before 8 o'clock Brady, White, Dela-
ney and Corbett retired to the latter's
bedroom for a final conference. White
did most of the talking, prefacing his
instructions with a little ortation in
which he pointed that the "eyes of the
world are on Jim," and the "supremacy

James J. Corbett
James J. Corbett

of America in the prize ring depended
on today's battle between an English-
man born and an America born."
_ White's final instructions consisted al-
most entirely of admonitions to keep
cool. He time and time again warned
his man that angry rushes would en-
sure the victory of Fitz.
_ "You must keep your temper, Jim,"
he said, "and not be in too big a hurry
to put that fellow out. Just be cool
and careful every minute you are in
front of him. He is expecting you to go
at him like a bull at a red blanket and
you must fool him."


_ Delaney and Brady followed with
talk on similar lines and to all Corbett
promised faithfully to fight carefully
and coolly. He was warned particu-
larly to look out for the work at close
_ The conference closed with mutual
expressions of confidence in the result,
and a rather solemn handshaking all
around. By this time it was well on to-
wards 9 o'clock, and Corbett began his
dressing for the ring. His ring cos-
tume consisted of his usual white
trunks and tight-fitting shoes, he hav-
ing decided to fight without shoes de-
spite the cold climate.


_ For his trip to the arena he added a
grey checked sack suit in which he had
done his training, and a blue sweater,
white and black checked outing cap
and gray mixed bath robe being thrown
around his shoulders.
_ "It is too late to talk now," Corbett
said as he stopped for a moment before
leaving his room. "The time has now
come when Fitzsimmons and I can fin-
ish our argument without talking. I
don't know how he feels about it, but
I am very good just now. I am going
to win the fight, and I am going to win
it fairly. I have trained faithfully and
have been well handled by my trainers.
My condition is entirely satisfactory to
myself and my friends. Fitz is in good
shape, too, I am told, and I am glad he
is, for I wish to win this fight strictly
on its merits. I don't want to do any
boasting now. I will do my talking
after the fight."
_ "Everybody knows whether the man
is in condition or not," said Charley
White, the head trainer, "and you can
judge from that whether I am satis-
fied with my work. When I took hold
of Jim I said I would put him down
at the ringside in as good shape as any
man ever fought in and I have kept
my promise. As to his winning, of
course, I believe he will win. Fitzsim-
mons is a great fighter, but Corbett is
a greater one, and today will prove that
we have not over-estimated his abil-


_ "White expressed my sentiments ex-
actly," said Billy Delaney. "We are
proud of his condition in which we
have put our man, and we expect a
few hours hence to be proud of the
condition in which he has put out
Fitzsimmons, for Jim is going to win."
_ The limbering three-seated coach,
which for months has done duty in
bringing visitors to the camp, had
been drawn up before the hotel veran-
da, the four horses eager for the start.
"All ready," said White, and Corbett
ran nimbly down the stairs and took his
place on the back seat. White, with
the collar of his red sweater turned up
to his ears, followed, and Brady, Mc-
Vey, Delaney and Joe Corbett took the
other seats.
_ It was but a little after 9 o'clock
when the long-bearded native, who
sat in the box yelled out to his horses,
and the drive to the arena began. A
carriage containing Jeffries, Wood and
other attaches of the camp had al-
ready started, and a procession of car-
riages, carts and mounted men follow-
ed the coach on the two-mile drive
through the little city and out to the
arena. The Corbett party was rather
quiet during the ride. Jim leaned com-
fortably back on the corner of his seat,
no trace of excitement or uneasiness
appearing on his face.
_ "I am glad it will soon be all over,"
he remarked once or twice as he no-
ticed a familiar landmark, he added
with a confident smile, "when we came
back we will have the undisputed
championship with us."


_ Joe Corbett and McVey were the live-
liest members of the party, but even
they were more quiet than usual. As
Corbett was recognized when the coach
entered the town he was encouraged by
shouts from his admirers, and when the
arena was reached the crowds about
it cheered justily as the party left the
vehicle for the dressing room. No time
was lost in stripping the fighter and
giving him a vigorous rub down. After
a short rest he again donned his fight-
ing costume, this time adding the belt
which his wife had made for the oc-
casion. It was of red, white and blue
silk, with a green buckle. At one side
hung a green silk rossie and streamer.
_ "Do I look ready?" Corbett asked,
as he drew himself up to his full height.
_ "I should say you do," said Delaney.
_ "I am glad its Fitzsimmons you are
after instead of me."
_ Corbett drew his bath robe closely
around him and sat down to await the
call to the ring, exhibiting not the least
_ "You can see how he feels," said
Brady. "He is sure of winning this fight
and that is half of the battle. He is the
better man and he is bound to win."

The Present Champion Wanted
Only One Good Punch

_ Fitzsimmons and his trainers were
up at 7 o'clock this morning and Bob
took a short walk before breakfast "to
start the blood going." He did no
work after eating, remained in the
open air bare headed, moving around
quietly, talking with Julian and his as-
sistants and playing gently with Yar-
rum. The conference with his trainers
and helpers was not long, as all the
needed advice as to fighting Corbett
and meeting his known or possible
methods of attack had been given dur-
ing the progress of Fitzsimmons work.
_ "I would not take $14,900 for the
purse this morning," said Fitzsimmons.
"I will have it all before night. I do not
believe the fight will be a long one.
Five rounds is my limit. I think I
can land at that time and if I do that
will be the end of the gentleman who
has no manners, and only pretentions.
He may hit me as many times as he
can. I believe I can stand off the pun-
ishment he is able to give me and be
able to put him out when I get a
chance. Come around when it is over
and you will see what shape I am in."


_ "Corbett won't be in it," said Julian.
"We don't like Siler's ruling about the
clinches and breakaways, but we al-
ways get the worst of it and we will
have to stand it this time as before,
Fitz is fit in every way. He could not
be in better condition. He is not as
heavy as Corbett and his story will
be all the more creditable. He will be
the greatest fighter in the world - a
wonder - before nightfall and every-
body will acknowledge it.
_ "His muscles are in the shape we
want them. He is not too finely trained,
just right, and he can just stand any

Robert Fitzsimmons
Robert Fitzsimmons

amount of punishment without distress.
He can strike a fifty per cent heavier
blow than Corbett down and out. Fitz
is a fair, square fighter, one of the
fairest and squarest in the ring today,
and though we got the worst of it by
consenting to tricks with which he is
not familiar and has not practiced we
will stand by our agreement to abide by
Siler's directions as we are confident
Fitz will win this fight no matter what
Corbett may be able to do in the
clinches or when he has one arm free."
_ "If you know anything about fight-
ers," said Stelnzer, "look at Fitz and
tell me if a man could be in better con-
dition. He is as strong as an ox and
can tire out a horse on the road. If you
have seen him punch the bag and break
the rope holding it you can judge of his
cleverness and quickness of eye and
what a blow he can strike. He may be
a little awkward and ungainly, as his
enemies say, but he has the endurance
to stand punishment and strength to
fight whenever he gets a chance to end


_ "You will see some good work on his
part in the ring. He is a few pounds
lighter than Corbett, but that won't
make any diference on account of his
condition, and the power of his arms.
He is heavy enough to win. He has
the greatest confidence in himself; he
is a sure winner. I have heard Corbett
is in fine shape, but he cannot be in
any better condition than Fitzsim-
mons. You will see a great fight -
the greatest in the world, and Fitz
will be standing up at the end."
_ "Fitz will win," said Hickey. "I don't
see how he can lose. No man was ever
in better condition. Every muscle in
his body is right and his wind could
not be better. He has purposely let
me hit him in our bouts, and I have
put in some good ones, but he did not
mind then at all. Corbett may punch
him a dozen times, but I don't think
he can hit hard enough to make much
of an impression, as Fitz can be so per-
fect that he will be able to recover
quickly. Corbett cannot wear him out.
All Fitz has to do is land one stiff
jab, long and short, and Corbett will
not get on his feet. The blows of the
two men are as a feather to a ton."


_ "My money is on Fitz," said Roeber.
"That shows what I think about him.
He is all right. He worked hard and
faithfully, and could not be in better
shape. He strikes like a mule kicks.
No punishment Corbett can give him
can knock him out. If Fitz hits Cor-
bett once, and he is clever enough to
do it before many rounds have been
fought, you will see Corbett drop and
carried to his quarters."
_ The party began preparing a little
after 9 o'clock for the start for the
arena, being due there under the order
issued by Stuart at 10 o'clock. Not
much preparation was necessary. Fitz
put on his cap and was ready. He
wore over his fighting costume of green
tights and colors a suit of light check-
ed material, a blue sweater and ordin-
ary shoes. His trainers did not add to
their personal adornment, wearing
their customary clothes - a red sweat-
er, a pair of old trousers and shoes to
_ The little party left the ranch in
ample time to make the journey of
three miles, driving leisurely. The
helpers went ahead to get things in
readiness at the dressing room.
Fitzsimmons and Julian rode in one
buggy and Roeber, Stelzner and Hick-
ey in another close behind, and with-
in talking distance.


_ The road from the ranch to Carson
is not lined with objects of interest.
It winds through a maze of sage brush
for half a mile or more before the mono-
tony is broken by anything worthy of
_ Fitz was in excellent spirits, and
really in good humor, talking as much
as usual to his associates and, of
course, abused Corbett, speaking of
the fight as his own. His confidence
seemed to be so great that there was
no need for encouragement from his
companions. "We will have the purse
coming back," said Fitz. "Sure," said
_ "How will Corbett get out of town?"
asked Hickey.
_ "In a box car," growled Julian, "with
Jim in the middle."
_ All laughed at this allusion to a pos-
sible funeral.
_ About half way between the ranch
and town the road runs over a little
hill, from which can be seen part of
the rough frame building, three miles
away, in which Corbett did his indoor
work. It stands out prominently, ow
ing to the clearness of the atmoshere
and the more so because the construc-
tion boards are not yet weather-stained.
A turn in the road brought the
building squarely in the faces of the
party, and they could not avoid see-
ing it unless they held their heads
down, and they could not do so, as
they were going to the fight, not turn-
ing away. All saw the structure at
the same time and it naturally pro-
voked talk.


_ "I'll soon have my chance to do him
up." said Fitz.
_ "And stop his wind," put in Stelzner.
_ "Yes," said Fitz, "that is all there is
to him. I only want to land once on
_ It was pretty generally known about
town what time the fighters were due
and the sidewalks were crowded with
people when the Fitzsimmons party
drove by. There was no particular en-
thusiasm, merely "How are you, Fitz,"
and "wish you luck," or a limited cheer
or two from an acqaintance or an
_ No time was lost inside the city
limits the horses going at a good
jog through the streets, the arena be-
ing reached without mishap.
_ As Fitzsimmons reaching his dressing
room he was rubbed down and in a
short time was prepared to answer a
summons to face his antagonist in the

Corbett vs Fitzsimmons 1897

A Technical Description
of the Fight by Rounds.

_ Carson, March 17. - The gates were
opened at 9:30 and there was a rush
for the gate keepers to take the tick-
ets. Holders of pasteboards were re-
quested to hold them up above their
heads and in that fashion 500 people
rushed into the enclosure. There were
three women in the first bunch and
they were eager to get in as the rest.
There were plenty of ushers on hand
and there was no confusion in seating
the people.
_ The floor of the ring was of inch pine
boards, closely drawn together and
sprinkled liberally with rosin.. The
boards were unpadded and comments
on the probability of the fighters knock-
ing their heads against the hard sur-
face in case of a knockout were fre-
_ Billy Brady, Corbett's adviser, was on
hand early and tested the ropes, ect.
He did not find things to suit him and
under his direction the ropes were
tightened. Tom Sharkey, ready to chal-
lenge the winner, ambled in early and
regarded the ring with the air of a
connoisseur. Sharkey was resplendent
in a boiled shirt, square topped Derby
hat, a gorgeous diamond, a green tie
and a enormous green badge in honor
of the day.


_ At 10 o'clock John L. Sullivan entered
the arena and took a seat in a box
close to the ring. His appearance was
the signal for an outburst of cheers.
But beyond a broad smile the ex-cham-
pion paid no attention to the demonstra-
tion. As the day wore on the warmth
of the sun increased. There was no
wind and the weather conditions were
perfect for the fight. At 10:30 Billy Jor-
dan of San Francisco entered the ring
and made the following announcement:
"Frank V. Dunn, of Boston, in behalf
of John L. Sullivan, will challenge the
winner of this contest for $5,000 and he
will put up $1,000 as a deposit."
_ Jordan said the money was up in the
hands of the New York World. This
was greeted with cheers and Sullivan
was called for. When he reached the
ring he said: "Gentlemen: There is no
necessity of me saying anything more.
I mean what I say. I am going to try
one more battle. There is one fight in
me yet."
_ This speech was greeted with shouts
and "Good boy, John."
_ Billy Madden then entered the ring
and said: "I have deposited $2,500 with
Warren Lewis of New York for Joe
Goddard to fight the winner of this
fight at his own time inside one year.
I also have a check for $2,500 for Shar-
key to fight the winner, which will be
deposited at once."


_ In response to calls Sharkey climbed
into the ring and said: "Gentlemen, I
have met both of these men and I would
like to have the first chance. I don't think
either of them has anything on me."
The crowd cheered and Sharkey climbed
off the platform.
_ Shortly after 10 o'clock Fitzsimmons
arrived and went at once to his dressing
room. He stood near the stove so as
not to get cold and cheerfully chatted
with his attendants. At 11 o'clock there
were about 3,000 people present and the
crowd seemed to have stopped coming.
About a dozen good looking, well dress-
ed women were in the crowd. A few
wore veils, but the majority braved the
gaze of the men.
_ Corbett did not start from his camp
as soon as expected and did not reach
his dressing room until after Fitzsim-


_ Fitzsimmons soon entered and the
crowd cheered him lustily. He was
bareheaded and attired in a Japanese
bath robe. Corbett entered a moment
later. The vast multitude greeted him
with applause.
_ Behind Corbett were Charley White,
Delaney and Jeffries, McVey, Joe Cor-
bett, Billy Woods and Al Hampton.
_ In Fitzsimmon's corner were Martin
Julian, Ernest Roeber, Stelzner and
Hickey. While Billy Madden announced
the timekeepers, Fitzsimmons walked
leisuely around the ring, chatting
pleasantly with all the people therein
and in close proximity to the ropes.
Corbett did a little jig step in his cor-
ner. Both men looked in finest kind of
_ Billy Muldoon greeted Fitzsimmons,
asking, "Hello Fitz, how are you?"
Fitzsimmons replied: "Oh, bloody fine."
_ Madden then introduced the referee
and the men proceeded to strip.
_ Fitzsimmons refused to shake hands.
Time was called at 12:07 p.m. and the
fight commenced.


_ Round 1 - Both men sparred cautious-
ly for an opening, Fitz being on the ag-
gressive, Corbett keeping away. Fitz
seeing that he must force matters, went
after his man and crowded Corbett
back into the latter's corner. Both
made vicious swings with the left and
both missed, both men staggering
against the ropes. Fitz still kept crowd-
ing Corbett and Corbett landed a right
in the face, getting away without a
return. A second later he repeated
the dose and again missed the counter
which Fitz sent in.
_ Both men clinched and in the breaka-
way Fitz got in a hard left on Corbett's
chin, staggering him. He followed this
up with a left on the upper part of
the neck, staggering him a second
time. Corbett sent in a left counter
in return and then ducked and ran
away from a vicious right hook. Cor-
bett sailed in, landing a light left
hook, getting the same for his share
and immediately he sent in a hard left
on the neck. Corbett sent in his right
for the body, but Fitzsimmons avoided
it by a clever side step. Corbett sent his left
and right to the head and the men
clinched, Fitz landing a hard left with
one arm free. A clinch followed in the
center of the ring when the gong sounded.


_ Both men came quickly to the center
of the ring; Corbett this time assumed
the aggressive and prodded Fitz. The
latter landed his left on the head and
the men clinched. Both were fearful of
hits in the breakaway and wrestled
cautiously, shoving each other back
and forth. On the breakaway, Fitz
followed up quickly and got in his left
on the chest. Corbett came back with
a hard right on the body and then
another clinch during which Fitz was
laughing over Corbett's shoulder as
they struggled. Another clinch follow-
ed, a hard left on the nose by Corbett.
Jim got in a left on Fitz's nose, getting
a light counter.
_ Fitz clinched and immediately on the
break sent in right and left swings on
the head. Corbett laughed and come
up for more. Fitz ducked a straight left
and then came another clinch, Corbett
getting in a right on the breakaway.
Fitz sent a straight right for the head,
but missed, Corbett coming back with
a hard left on the head. Both landed
and Corbett stopped the smiling by
getting a right hook on Fitz's head,
following it with one of the same sort
from his left.
_ Corbett swung three times in quick
succession, but failed to land with any
of the three. At the third swing Fitz
ran in and clinched and on the break-
away Corbett struck Fitz below the
belt with his left, commiting an unin-
tentional foul. A second after he slip-
ped Fitz a left in the stomach, doubling
up the red-haired man.
_ This was a fierce blow and the best
of the fight up to this time.
_ Corbett led with his left for the head
but slipped and nearly fell. Fitz fol-
lowed him hotly, but Jim was too
clever and Bob could not reach him.
Corbett sent in a straight left on the
body, following it with a right in the
same direction and then sent in another
left. Fitz could not stop the rain of
blows, and running in on Corbett
clinched him. Immediately after the
men parted Corbett sent in a right for
the body and Fitz clinched again.
_ Jim had much the better of this
round and points, though none of the
blows were hard enough to do much
damage. During the minute rest Bob
drank cagerly from a bottle but Corbett
took no refreshments.


_ At the opening Corbett sent in a hard
left on the body, making Fitz wince and
clinch. He followed with a hard left
on the jaw, staggering Fitz. He fol-
lowed this with a rain of blows, send-
ing his left to the body twice and a
right on the head. Jim led for the head
again, but Fitz stopped him cleverly,
both men clinching. Fitz made right
and left swings on the jaw, but Corbett
ducked and both men laughed. Jim
feinted with his left and then sent his
right on the body, landing lightly.
Fitz swung with his left, but landed
only lightly and the men clinched. Cor-
bett got in a right and left on the body
and the men clinched.
_ Corbett laughing and nodding in the
evident good humor to his friens at the
ringside. Fitz sent a savage poke at the
jaw, but missed; Corbett stepped in
quickly, getting a right to the body and
a mutual clinch followed. Fitz turned
loose with a left hook on the jaw stag-
gering Corbett. He followed this with
a hard right on the jaw and in the
breakaway from the clinch Fitz landed
two light left hooks on the top of the
head. They were apart for a few sec-
onds only and Corbett ran in and
clinched after landing a hard right on
the body.
_ Both were fearful of being hit in the
breakaway and wrestled for several
seconds. Fitz sent in a good right,
reaching the jaw, but Corbett only
laughed. Both missed and clinched,
Fitz getting a hard left on the body in
the breakawy. Fitz sent his right to
the body and a left on the nose. He
assumed the aggressive, crowded Cor-
bett and was about to lead with his
left as the gong sounded. Corbett held
up his hands, saying good naturedly:
"Nay, nay." Bob grinned and turned
away to his corner.


_ Corbett landed a left on the jaw and
the men clinched, both laughing. Both
landed hard lefts on the body and in a
clinch which followed Corbett nodded
to his friends over Fitz's shoulder. Jim
landed a hard and a light one on the
head. Fitz countering. The men
clinched again, Corbett landing a right
on Fitz's ear an the breakaway. Cor-
bett landed a hard left on the chin.
Jim ducked a vicious right hand swing
and landed a right on the body, follow-
ing it with a left on the body and an-
other on the nose. Corbett led for the
face, but touched lightly.
_ Fitz followed Corbett up and landed
a hard left on Corbett's jaw, getting a
left on the jaw in return, but it only
made him laugh. The men then clinch-
ed. Fitz missed a left for the body
and they clinched again. Fitz rushed
Corbett, landing a left on the body and
in the clinch punched Corbett on the
body with his right. He also hit Cor-
bett on the head with his right. Cor-
bett missed a right swing for the head
in the breakaway and Fitz clinched. Jim
landed a hard right on the body, but
missed a left for the head and left on
the body, following with a left on the jaw.
A clinch followed. Corbett landed a
hard right on the body and a hard left
on the jaw.
_ When the round closed the men were
clinching, both continuing hitting.
Fitz's body was red from the effects
of Corbett's right handers. Referee
Siler announced to the newspaper men
that he did not get in between the men
during a clinch for fear that he might
spoil a chance for a knock-out with one
arm free.


_ Corbett immediately landed a hard
left on the jaw; Fitz ran Corbett to the
ropes, and the men clinched, no blows
being struck. Corbett landed right on
Fitz's jaw and left on the neck and
on the body and they clinched. Both
landed hard rights on the body. Fitz
following up with a left on the jaw
and ducked a vicous left hand swing.
Corbett missed right on the body and
the men clinched. Jim missed a left
swing and another clinch followed.
Corbett landed left on the jaw, a light
left on the head and they clinched. Jim
landed hard left on the jaw and right
on the head. He landed the left on
the jaw again.
_ Fitz hit Corbett hard on the head,
staggering him. Corbett gave Fitz a
hard left on the jaw, then led again
and missed. Corbett landed right on
body and left on the head and a light
right on the jaw and the men clinched.
Corbett landed his left on the jaw
again, the men clinching. Corbett land-
ed a hard left on the jaw and Fitz
clinching, being a trifle dazed by the
succession of blows he had received.
Jim landed a right on the body, a left
on the head and then a left on the
jaw. Fitz landed on the head with left
and got in a right hand jab on body
as the round closed. Corbett seemed the
fresher of the two. He got Fitz's blood,
which was coming from Fitz's mouth
as the gong sounded. Jim refused re-
freshments, but Fitz drank from a


_ Fitz opened with a left on the face
and Corbett was crowded on the ropes.
Fitz made a wild left swing for the
body and a second clinch followed. Cor-
bett ducked from a vicious left in-
tended for the jaw. Jim landed with his
left for the jaw, and then put a hard
right hand upper-cut on Fit'z chin,
causing a stream of blood to pour
from his mouth. Corbett came in again
with a left on the jaw and again the blood
came in a stream from Bob's mouth.
The man clinched, Corbett then put it
all over Fitz, putting his right on the
head, his left on the jaw, and then
left and right on the jaw, crowding
Fitz to the ropes.
_ Fitz seemed unable to stop the
blows that came in and Corbett hit
him on the jaw with a left and up-
per-cut him with his right, making the
blood flow.
_ Bob's face was practically a puddle
of blood and he was evidently be-
ginning to weaken. Fitz attempted to
reach Corbett's jaw but failed, and
the next second missed a hard right
_ Fitz was evidently tiring, and when
he received a savage right behind the
ear, he reeled and went down on one
knee. Corbett was wild to finish him,
and although the rules of the fight that
when one man was down, the other
side retire ten feet until the fallen man
was on his feet, Corbett, in his eager-
ness, ignored the rule and kept trying
to get at Fitz. Siler warned him to
stand back, and Martin Julian sprang
upon the platform from outside the
rope, yelling excitedly to Corbett:
"Stand back and obey the rules. Why
don't you stand back?"
_ Fitz was down seven seconds, but
he was only taking a rest. The instant
he rose Corbett was at him like a fiend.
He landed his right on Fitz's jaw, sent
a hard left to the jaw, put his left in-
to Fitz's face with the force of a bul-
let, and put his right on the jaw
_ He followed these blows up with a
right and left on the jaw and then
caught Fitz with a hard left on the
head and put his right and left on the
jaw again. Fitz was evidently going
when the gong sounded, and a little
more and it would of settled him.
His face was literally a mass of blood,
and ................................ as he went to
his corner. Corbett's chest and shoul-
ders were covered with red splatter
that came from the mouth ond nose
of Fitz.


_ Fitz came up to the mark promptly
and seemed refreshed. Corbett made
no play and began with a left hook on
the jaw and then put in a right upper-
cut. He tapped Fitz's nose again.
Fitz made a right and left swing on
the jaw and Jim planted a straight
left jab on the nose again. Fitz made
a right swing for the jaw and Jim
planted a straight left jab on the nose.
Fitz led for the body and Corbett
clinched. Fitz getting in a good right
on the jaw in the breakaway.
_ Corbett got in a light left on the
body and then clinched. Fitz put in a
stiff left on the body but received a
hard jab in return and the clinched
to avoid a savage blow which would
have done the business for him had it
landed. Corbett's thigh was daubed
with blood from his own glove, which
was colored by contact with the nose
and mouth of Fitz. Corbett came in
again with two hard lefts on the jaw,
Fitz apparently unable to stop the
blows. he seemed to be waiting for his
chance and willing to take blows if only
he had a chance for a return. Fitz
swung right and left for the jaw but
Corbett ducked and gave Fitz a
straight left on the jaw that smeared
the blood all over Fitz's face. Fitz put
in a left on the body and ducked a
vicious left swing and clinched.
_ After the breakaway Fitz assumed
the aggressive and put a stiff right on
the body, Corbett clinching. Corbett
struck for the body and landed be-
low the belt, the blow, however, being
very light and Fitz paid no attention
to it. Corbett put his left on the
jaw and got away very cleverly
from right and left hooks which Fitz
sent at his man and he clinched. Corbett
put his left to the face and upper-cut
savagely with his right, but Fitz slip-
ped to one side and stopped the blow
with his left elbow. At the close of the
round both men were splattered with
blood and Fitz was a sight, his face
being covered with blood from hair to


_ Fitz was evidently getting stronger
and came up in fine shape. He went at
Corbett and crowded him back into his
(Corbett's) corner. Both men swung
for the head with the left and both
missed. Corbett put in a stiff left
on the head and nearly sent Fitz to
the floor. Fitz swung with his left for
the jaw, but Corbett jumped aside
_ Fitz was evidently determined to
have his inning and he went after Cor-
bett fast and furious. He sent a hard
left on the body, and a hard left on
the jaw crowding Corbett to the ropes,
receiving only a light blow on the body
in return. He then landed on Corbett's
chest. Both men then sparred for wind
and walked slowly around. Both missed
lefts for the body and then came Cor-
bett's turn. He put his left hard on
the body, Fitz countering on the chest.
Corbett landed a hard left on the jaw,
a right on the body and his left on the
jaw, a straight left on the nose, fol-
lowing it up with a left on the jaw. Fitz
stood the rain of blows very well and
came out of it laughing. Corbett
reached the jaw again with his left and
put his left in again on the heart.
_ Fitz made a vicious right hook, fol-
lowing it up with his left and missed.
Then he put his right strongly on Cor-
betts jaw, staggering him. Corbett
led with his right for the body, but Fitz
got away. Fitz then took the aggres-
sive and followed Corbett around the
ring, but could not more than put his
left and right lightly on the body, but
could not stop a left on the nose that
caught him just as the gong sounded.
Corbett began to look tired and in the
minute's rest he took refreshments,
washing out his mouth with water.
Fitz, although covered with blood, was
evidently gaining strength and he was
quite fresh at the close.


_ Both men sparred for an opening.
Corbett opened and missed a left for
body. Fitz landed a light left on the
body, Corbett coming back with a hard
left at the body, making Fitz jump in-
to the air. Fitz followed Corbett, who
kept away from him and kept up a
succession of lefts in the face, driving
only a light left on the body, staggering
Corbett. Jim landed his left on the
nose, and hard left on the same place,
his right on the jaw and a second hard
straight on the jaw, a left on the jaw
again and a right on the body.
_ Fitz landed a hard left on the jaw,
following with a left on the head. He
landed on the jaw with his right, stag-
gering Corbett badly and sending him
back. Both men appeared tired, but
Fitz smiling through the blood on his
_ Corbett led a hard left for the face,
but missed Fitz ducking. Bob led with
his left and Jim got away. Both landed
with right on the jaw and Corbett
clinched. Fitz landed a right and left
on the body and the men clinched again.
Fitz put his left on the face and got a left
on the jaw in return, which ended the
round. Corbett seemed tired, but Fitz
was evidently fresher than at the close
of the previous round. He, however,
was bleeding badly.


_ Fitz assumed the aggressive at the
start. He missed a hard right for Cor-
bett's face, but followed it up with a
hard right on the jaw. The men clinch-
ed, Fitz landed hard on Corbett's chin,
but got a hard left on the jaw in the
break. Fitz landed hard on the body
with left and put a right hard on the
jaw, following it up with a stiff right
on the jaw, pushing Corbett back two
feet. Corbett missed a left swing for
the jaw. Fitz getting away. Corbett
also missed a left for the body and
Corbett countered with a hard right in
the same place. Corbett landed a left
on the body; Fitz countering with a
light left on the nose. Both men
_ Fitz missed a right for the head, but
landed left twice in succession and got
away without a return. Fitz landed a
hard right on the head. He made a
terrible swing with his left for the jaw,
but Jim got away. Jim landed his left
an the jaw and a hard right on the body.
_ The men clinched, Corbett rushing
Fitz after receiving a hard left on the
jaw and got in on the body with his
right, also landing his left on the chin.
Corbett smiled, though he looked some-
what tired. He ducked a left hand
swing and got a left on the body, rush-
ing Fitz to the ropes (the crowd hissed
him). He landed with his left a ter-
rible blow on Fitz's jaw, staggering
him. The men were in a clinch as the
round closed. Fitz's condition appeared
to be improving, but Corbett was, to
all appearances, losing strength.


_ Both men punched to the body and
clinched. Corbett put his left on the jaw
and his right on body. Fitz got in a
left on the jaw, followed by two others
and a right on the head. Corbett land-
ed his left on the head and a clinch fol-
lowed. Corbett landed a hard right on
the face and a hard left on the ear
and poked Fitz generally with his left
in his face again. Fitz missed a right
hand swing for the jaw. Corbett missed
a left for the jaw and a second in-
tended for the same locality. Fitz land-
ed a hard right on the jaw, the men
clinching. Corbett led right for the body,
Fitz getting away.
_ Corbett led with a left for the head,
but Fitz ducked. Fitz landed a straight
left on the jaw and upper-cut Corbett in
the clinch with his right. He also land-
ed his right on the jaw and put a hard
right on Corbett's ear. Corbett made a
left hand swing but it was stopped.
Fitz landed a hard one on Corbett's
face, staggering him, and in the clinch
he upper-cut Corbett with his right on
the jaw. He also landed hard on Cor-
betts ear, after receiving a light left
on chin. Corbett landed a hard left
on Fitz's nose and received one in re-
turn on the jaw. Fitz followed Cor-
bett, landing right and left on the
body. Corbett ducked a vicious roght
hand swing and the men clinched. The
round closed with Fitz's condition im-
proving, and he was fighting strong.


_ Fitz came up quickly, starting after
Corbett with a vicious left for the
head. Corbett ducked and Fitz's arm
passed fully a foot above his back.
The energy of his blow swung Fitz
clear around and he staggered, almost
falling down in Corbett's corner. He
rallied quickly, however, and put his
right on the body before Corbett could
catch him.
_ Corbett missed a left jab pointed at
the jaw, and Fitz went through a
similar performance, but swung back
with his right, catching Corbett on the
head and then followed it up with a
straight poke on the nose. Fitz repeat-
ed this performance and with a left
hook. Corbett put a left on the body
very lightly, and then put his right
hand on the jaw, receiving a severe
counter on the same place, Jim then
landed right hard on head and rushed
Fitz to the ropes, where a clinch fol-
lowed. The men were apart just long
enough to allow Corbett to put a light
left on the jaw and a hard left on the
nose and they clinched again.
_ During the clinch, Fitz cleared his
throat of blood which he spat out
over Corbett's shoulder in the coolest
manner possible and then wiped the
blood from his nose with the thumb of
his glove. His .... being completed,
Fitz broke away catching a hard left
on the nose as he did. He missed one
of the same sort and clinched again.
Corbett landed a rain of blows on
Fitz's head, hitting him repeatedly on
jaw and body. He landed on the body
just about as he pleased, although Fitz
was lighting strong.


_ Fitz landed a left on the body and
a hard right on the jaw. Jim missed a
left hand swing but landed on the jaw
and the men clinched. Fitz missed a
hard right for the head, following Cor-
bett around the ring and receiving a
straight for the face, after which he
clinched. They fiddled around the ring,
Corbett with his guard down in a care-
less fashion. Fitz pushing him to the
ropes. No harm was done, both men
taking it easy. Corbett landed a light
left on the face and another on the
body, but missed a right upper-cut.
He then landed a hard swing on Fitz's
nose and missed a left swing, receiv-
ing only a light tap on the ear in re-
turn and the men clinched.
_ Fitz's bleeding nose seemed to be
troubling him, but he assumed the ag-
gressive and made Corbet dance
around the ring to avoid him, receiving
a hard left on the body before he de-
sisted. Fitz landed a hard left on the
body, staggering Corbett, and then
landed on the body. Jim put in a
straight left on the nose and a right
upper-cut on the jaw in the clinch that
followed. Corbett landed his left on
the face twice and missed a lead for
the head. While following Jim, Fitz
got a light left on the face. Both men
were in the center of the ring as the
gong sounded. Fitz's face being again
covered with blood from his nose.


_ Up to this Corbett had the better of
the fighting. He hit Fitz whenever he
pleased and pretty much where he
pleased. His generalship was far su-
perior to that of Fitz and he got away
and came in again with marvelous
speed. He was tiring rapidly, however,
and was far from having the stamina
that Fitz showed. The latter had been
punished fearfully throughout the pre-
ceding rounds, but he was still strong
and game to the core.
_ The round opened up with a left
swing for the jaw by Corbett. It missed
the mark, but he tried again with bet-
ter sucess, reaching the jaw good and
hard. Fitz was all there, however, and
he sent his left to the body with ter-
rific force. The blow sent Corbett stag-
gering backwards, and evidently hurt
him .... Fitz lost no time and fol-
lowed .... and sent his right to Cor-
betts .... causing him to totter again.
He then sent his left hard on the body
and was ..... his man, but Corbett
gave .... to get away.
_ Corbett came up strong, however, and
put his left on Fitz's body. The lat-
ter put in a hard right on the head.
Jim was looking tired, his strength was
going and he clinched. After the
breakaway Fitz put in a hard right hand
and left on the jaw and the men clinched
again. Corbett fighting Fitz into the
southwest corner of the ring.
_ Jim put his left on the jaw and Fitz
sent his right to the chin with fear-
ful force. The blow made Corbett lean
backward and turned him partly
around. He raised his guard a trifle
and quick as lightning Fitz shot his
left glove on Corbett's bone just below
the heart. The blow was one that
would have shivered a plank and Cor-
bett's face paled instantly. His arms
fell to his sides, his eyes closed and he
fell forward to the ropes, catching
them with his right hand. His face
bore a look of intense agony and he
was evidently suffering the most ex-
cruciating pain. He tried to rise but
Fitz, with his right, caught him with a
jab on the chin.
_ Corbett was not knocked out in the
common acceptance of the word. He
was not unconscious, but the pain from
the blow was so great as to make him
careless of anything else. He tried sev-
eral times to rise, but was unable to
do so and was counted out by the

Martin Julian

Referee Siler

The Toledo Commercial 1897
MARCH 18, 1897

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