San Francisco, Nov 13. - As early as 7
o'clock the doors of the pavilion were besieged by the eager crowd
impatiently awaiting admission. When at last the doors were drawn open,
the rush to obtain good seats was so great that many people were badly
crushed, if not seriously injured.
When all were inside the pavilion contained nine thousand
people. Sheedy was surprised. H says he never saw such a house before,
except once in Madison Square Garden, New York. He estimates the
receipts will reach $12,000.
Exactly at fourteen minutes past 11 the two stars, Sullivan and
Ryan, made their appearance. Ryan was first to trip lightly up the
stairs to the platform. As he slipped off his coat he was loudly
cheered. Sullivan quickly followed, and was greeted with applause.
Captain Hiram Cook, of this city, was chosen referee; Daniel
Murphy, timekeeper for Sullivan; Charles Smith, timekeeper for Ryan.
Five minutes went by before the men took their corners, and another
four minutes elapsed before time was called.
After shaking hands the two men sparred for five seconds for an
opening, when Ryan suddenly let out with his right, catching Sullivan
on his right cheek. Yells of "Good for Paddy!" were heard all over the
house. From this moment both fought savagely. Ryan leading throughout.
Ryan followed up with another right hander to the cheek, and attempted
to follow up with a stomach blow. The hit fell short. For the first
minute the fighting was so severe that Ryan then began to show signs of
failing wind, and Sullivan took advantage of this and made a rush at
Ryan, when both clinched, but were quickly separated.
Second round - Ryan again forced the fighting, but with less
apparent effect, though he reached Sullivan's face and body several
times. He had lost some of his powers through becoming winded.
Sullivan, on noticing this, started to force the fight, and leading,
reached Ryan, who countered effectually. Sullivan then again reached
for him, and landed a body blow which downed Ryan, amid loud cheers.
This was repeated twice. Ryan essayed the tactics of clinching to avoid
punishment, and at the end of the round it was apparent that Ryan's
chance for a victory were gone.
The third round was a regular slugging match, Sullivan being in
better wind, forcing the fight from the start, but both men showed
signs of heavy punishment. After the third pass Sullivan sent in a
terrific right hander on Ryan's jaw, which sent him spinning to the
ropes - a clean knock down.
The blow rattled Ryan so that it was with some difficulty
he staggered to his feet. He shook himself together, and in a dazed way
led off with his left for Sullivan's face. The latter stopped it
prettily, and then repeated his right hander on Ryan's jaw. The blow
was so violent and well directed that Ryan went down as if shot out of
a cannon. It was a knock-out of the cleanest kind.. Ryan lay on the
floor utterly unable to move. The police rushed in, but it was too
late. There was nothing for them to do, the fight was ended. Sullivan
waived the time keepers back so as to see if Ryan had anything more to
say. When time was called Ryan was still on the floor. Sullivan then
stooped down, raised him up and carried him to the corner. The crowd
quickly dispersed amid shouts for Sullivan.