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About The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903 | View Entire Issue (July 4, 1896)
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THE WORLD OF SPORT
The new candidate for the highest
honors In the pugilistic prize ring Is a
man that was comparatively unknown
two weeks ago or until that four-round
bout with James J. Corbett, the so
called champion heavy-weight of the
world. Springing from obscurity he is
now made the subject of conversation
in sporting circles the world over and
is regarded as a "comer" in every
sense of the word. J. W. Naughton,
the sporting editor of the San Fran
cisco Examiner, who is probably the
best judge of Corbett's condition and
his powers, thinks that he has retro
graded since his tight with Mitchell,
and that In a finish fight with Sharkey
the latter would win. He thinks that
Sharkey will be the next champion.
Sharkey began to box professionally
in Honolulu in 1893, whipping Songley,
Thompson and Pickett in short order,
and also having the better of an eight
round draw with Nick Burley. the
Californian light heavy-weight, who,
a short time back, was knocking out
second-raters in great shape in Boston.
After these contests Sharkey jour
neyed to the coast, and in '94 whipped
two or three men, among whom was J.
Gardner, claiming to be the heavy
weight champion of the English navy.
Gardner claimed a ten-round draw
with Ted Prltchard of England, when
that boxer was in his prime. The first
thing Sharkey did to attract much at
tention, however, was his knockout of
Australian Billy Smith, before the
Colma athletic club of California, July
25, 1895. Smith Is another of those
light heavy-weights, and is not par
ticularly easy for anybody. Last No
vember Sharkey met John Miller be
fore the same club, and after a
slugging match of nine rounds the po
lice stopped the fight, and the referee
decided In Sharkey's favor. In an
eight-round draw with Alex Gregglns,
he showed he was a degree too tough
for the latter and had the fight gone
on a few more rounds Gregglns would
have been knocked out. On the 16th
of last March he met Joe Cboynskl for
eight rounds. As in his fight with Cor
bett, he stood up while blow after blow
was showered upon him, without ef
fect, however. This fight was also de
clared a draw. Sharkey was born In
Ireland In 1872, stands five feet three
fourths inches high and in fighting
condition weighs 180' pounds. He has
the dimensions of a gladiator and the
strength of an ox.
Corbett and Sharkey have signed
articles of agreement for a fight to
come off sometime within the next six
months for the championship of the
world, $10,000 a side and the largest
purse offered by any club or individual.
The South .African fight promoter is
after this fight, but it is doubtful if
any offer from him will be accepted
unless he shows pretty plainly that it
would be possible to pull off this fight
in El Paso or any other place that he
might choose. El Paso again has the
fighting fever and wants another trial.
If Sharkey knocks Corbett out, as is
generally conceded, unless the latter
improves greatly In the next six
months, he will have to best Fitzslm
mons before he can be called champion
without dispute. Then there will be
Smith and perhaps Choynskl will want
a trial at the championship game
New York bicycle policemen ace
jubilant over the fact that they will
be given an opportunity to test their
speed against "scorching coppers" of
other cities In a track competition at
the race meet for the New York Her
ald's Ice Fund, to be held at Manhat
tan beach on July 25. The New York
v "scorching cop" feels that he is the
superior of any blue-coat in the coun-
try on a wheel. His speed on the road
way has never been questioned. In
several Instances whcce he has been
called upon to suppress a racing
man who showed "scorching" speed on
the roadways or drives the "cop" po
liceman on a wheel has never failed to
run the lawbreaker down. The belief
of the men on wheels Is shaced by the
police commissioners, and they are
anxious to do everything possible to
make the race a success.
Though he has been twlo defeated
by Fltzsimmons, Peter Maher has very
little regard for Fltz's fistic abilities,
and 'thinks him about the easiest of
all the big men. In an interview with
"Macon" recently he was asked, "Were
your eyes really as bad as reported?"
"I was In a bad way sure enough."
he replied. Continuing, he said: "The
space around the ring was enclosed
with white canvas that was very try
ing on my eyes, and back of the can
vas the cliff was almost as glaring.
But the worst of all was the covering
of the floor of the ring. The naked
boards would have been bad enough,
but they stretched white canvas all
over the ring and It was as trying as
snow. As true as I am a mortal man
I couldn't see Fltz plainly, so as to
judge my distance, even when we were
standing up, talking to the referee, be
fore we shook hands. Ordinarily I am
a very good judge of distance, but I
give you my word of honor, except
when he clinched me. I wasn't certain,
at any time, whether he was within
reach or a yard beyond. I fought at
random, like. Had I been able to see
him plainly I would have put him out
In the first round, for the two cracks
I gave him on the head, they tell me.
had him half groggy for a moment and
had I been able to see him plainly I
would have welted him for keeps with
out doubt." This coming from Maher
has not much weight, however, with
the public. But the fact cannot be de
nied that the canvas and the glaring
cliff had a great deal to do with his
defeat. While It is hardly probable
that Maher could put Fltz out, even
while in the best condition, he cer
tainly could make a better showing
than he did when they last met.
The subject of '97 Improvements Is
pretty young, but It is nevertheless
just what the manufacturers are most
concerning themselves with at the
present time, says the "American Cy
clist." The prevailing standard will
be carried along another year perhaps
for all time but progress will be man
ifested in betterment of details, and
the term "details" Is comprehensive
enough to include matters sufficiently
large to come under the head of nov
elties and innovations. Although riders
have as yet had but comparatively
little experience with the larger tubing
introduced this year, its superiority to
the small tubes of the past has been
made plain, and its use will be con
tinued. The machine is more rigid,
there is less "winking" of the frame
and a resulting saving of the rider's
strength. A general change In spokes
may be regarded as a possibility.
There Is. in certain quarters at least,
a tendency to return to the straight
spoke. Deference to fashion seems to
have been the main incentive to the
universal adoption of the bend at the
hub. but from the mechanical stand
point the bend has never been re
garded as an improvement.
According to the common belief ball
bearings have come to stay. They
have, and then again, perhaps they
haven't. Nothing known equals the
"spinning" qualitv of the ball bearing
canryinsr an unweighted wheel, but
that Is not saying that something may
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