THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION (By Jack Dillon, Famous Light Heavy- _
Deserved to Win _
It was the case of the midget David _
Lack of Gameness Deplorable. _
You will remember, too, at that early
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 1919
CHAMPIONSHIP CAUSES DILLON
TO ARRAIGN KANSAN'S "HEART"
weight, Known as "Jack the Giant
Killer," Written expressly for Univer-
_Toledo, July 4., - Lost the champion-
ship sitting down. That's a sorry end to
the pugilistic record of Jess Willard. It's
probably the first tome in ring history
that the championship was lost in such
a cheap and unsatisfactory way. It
showed that Willard, giant that he is,
has something the matter with his heart.
It's not a game, fighting heart. It's not
the kind of heart that stands up under
terrific punishment. It's not the kind of
heart that will stay to the end, even
though the first knockout blow on the
jaw is inevitable. It's not the kind of a
heart that a champion ought to have.
_ Money has been, in a way, the un-
making of Willard as a fighter. Money
the last few years has made living easy
for him. He has tasted of the luxuries
and maybe this weakened his fighting
heart more than his fighting body.
_ I felt that Dempsey would win as soon
as he had uncovered that tremendous
left of his to Willard's jaw in the first
round. It showed that Jack had suffi-
cient power to floor the big fellow. That
knockdown gave him a world of con-
fidence in himself, even more than he
had when he entered the ring. Though
even then he was complete master of
himself. Looking at his huge opponent,
towering a head over him and weighing
a half hundred pounds more than him-
self, Dempsey must have had some
mighty serious thoughts about the pos-
sible developments of the next thirty
minutes in that small padded square.
But he never showed a trace of ner-
vousness and I doubt if he felt any. I
am sure he had no thought of fear.
and the giant Goliath all over again.
_ And the midget won as he deserved.
_ That first round was certainly a whirl-
wind. You can imagine the power that
was behind those blows that upset a
man fifty pounds heavier than Dempsey.
Willard probably had a crushing blow in
either hand if he had been able to land
one fairly. But I really doubt if there
would have been more driving force be-
hind them than there were in those right
and left smashes to the jaw that Demp-
sey whipped over in the history-making
first round. History-making because it
was the first time Willard ever had been
knocked down and the first time I have
heard that he ever was so badly dam-
aged in the face.
_ Dempsey, I think, could have put Wil-
lard away in that first round if he had
continued his rushing attack incessantly.
When the round closed I begun to fear
that he might have missed his chance.
Willard is such a giant that I knew he
must have some reserve strength and
the way he rallied in the second round
proved that was true.
_ But in that third Dempsey went at his
task in his customary walloping style.
He fought so hard that he began to look
a bit tired but he wound up the round
in a smashing way that showed he had
plenty of reserve. In fact he fought all
the way like a champion. He never fal-
tered in his attack. He dared to go in
close continually and risk the damage
that used to be in Willard's wallops.
But it was not there today. Willard, as
I wrote three weeks ago when I boxed
with him in training here, was slow and
date in the training after I had had a
workout with Dempsey that I unhesitat-
ingly and unconditionally picked Demp-
sey to win the fight. I have some grati-
fication in that but the signs of results
today were unmistakable. It looked as
certain as words could make it that
Dempsey's superb condition, his rushing
powerful attack, his confidence and his
gameness would overcome the handicap
of weight his opponent held. Willard did
not have much else today. It's too bad
that the pugilistic crown should change
hands in such a way. It's too bad that
the big fellow didn't have gameness
enough to take his medicine to the bitter
end. It's too bad that Dempsey couldn't
get the credit for a clear knockout. But
he is entitled to the credit of a technical
knockout. He's a lion-hearted fighter.
He'll make one of the most popular
champions we have ever had. He has
fought his way up from the bottom. He
deserves everything that is good from the
_ Hail to the new champion.
THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION
(By Jack Dillon, Famous Light Heavy-
_ _Midget Deserved to Win
It was the case of the midget David
_ _ Lack of Gameness Deplorable.
You will remember, too, at that early
WILLARD'S STYLE OF LOSING CHAMPIONSHIP
CAUSES DILLON TO ARRAIGN KANSAN'S "HEART"
THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, JULY 5, 1919
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