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THE SUN (NEW YORK)
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 - Jim
Jeffries Page 2 _
Munroe after a little fiddling was
the ROUND TWO _
They went to a clinch, Munroe
Defeats Munroe for Heavyweight
FIGHT LAST TWO ROUNDS
Referee Quickly Stops a One-
Great Crowd in San Francisco to See the
Boilermaker and Miner in the Ring
-Referee Allows Hitting in the
Clinches-Jeffries Always the Favorite
-Miner Is Knocked Down Three Times
In the First Round-Champion Easily
Hammers His Man Into Submission.
defeated Jack Munroe in the second
round of the fight for the heavyweight
championship here tonight.
_ After two postponements the fight was de-
cided in this city tonight at Mechanics' Pa-
valion. The mill was under the auspices of
the Yosemite A.C. and drew a large crowd.
Besides the title the men fought for a purse
of $25,000. Sixty-five per cent of this sum,
or $16,250, went to the winner, while 35 per
cent, or $8,750, was the loser's balm.
_ Straight Marquis of Queensbury rules
prevailed. The exact interpretation of
this code called for both principles to protect
themselves on the breakaways and in
clinches. In the past the rules in this re-
spect have not always been faithfully od-
served, so tonight's battle, especially
among the heavyweights, is the first of San
Francisco's series of championship contests
where such conditions have been put in
force. In all of the other fights for the
heavyweight title the contestants agreed
to break clean. It was so when Jeffries
and Corbett met and when Fitzsimmons
and Jeffries had it out in this city a little
over a year ago.
_ It was at Referee Graney's instance that
that this order of fighting was put into play.
And the way the miner responded con-
vinced every one present at the conference
that he was very confident of success.
One of Graney's customs in an important
battle is to get the fighters together the
night before or on the day of the mill and
arrange details which if left to be fixed in
the ring would delay the fight. Harry
Pollok and Kid McCoy, representing Mun-
roe, and Billy Gallagher, for Jeffries, met
last evening at Harry Corbett's cafe for this
purpose. The first thing Graney asked
was whether the men should break clean
at the order of the referee or protect them-
selves in clinches and on the breakaways.
McCoy promptly said that the miner in-
sisted that they protect themselves at all
times. Gallagher said that this was agree-
able to Jeffries. A brief discussion followed
as to what the referee should allow in the
clinches and the breakaways. Referee
_ "I will not allow one man to hold the
other and hit, nor will I allow them to go to
the floor fighting and wrestling. There
is a limit of course, to hitting in the clinches,
but I will allow either man to slip in a punch
in the clinches and break-aways if he is
cleaver enough to do it. They will fight
under the rules that the little men fight
_ Another point which Graney quickly
settled was regarding any second jumping
into the ring. during a round. He wanted
to know who would be chief seconds
of each man. McCoy said he would act for
Munroe and that Delaney would be in
_ "That is final, I suppose," said Graney.
"If any second jumps into the ring at any
time except the head second in each corner,
the fighter will not be disqualified on that
account. But the second will be ejected
from the ring. I will recognize only one
man in each corner."
_ Graney, in making this point clear, had
in mind the tricks of unscrupulous seconds
who made their men lose by jumping into
the ring during an encounter. It was tried
several times in New York with success
and the betting public suffered. When
this was done the fighter and seconds dis-
_ Munroe seemed to be pleased when he
heard Graney's decision in this respect.
He declared that he did not care to be dis-
qualified; that if he was to be licked he
wanted to be licked decisively or knocked
out. He further declared that he would
not recognize any towel or sponge, but
would continue in the fray until the referee
decided to stop the bout.
_ That there would be a great crowd on
hand was evident during the morning and
afternoon. tickets went readily, and up to
3 o'clock today the management an-
nounced that the advance sale amounted to
$30,000. This sale included only the high
priced tickets. When the box office opened
at 7 o'clock and the reserved pasteboards
were put on sale, this sum was increased
by many thousand dollars.
_ Interest in the battle was at a fever heat all
day. Everybody sportively inclined talked
fight. to have heard the discussions one
would have thought that Munroe was an
even money shot instead of the under dog.
Interest in the mill was at such a high pitch
that the management was complimented on
its ingenuity in arousing a formerly lethar-
gic public into paying attention to the mill.
It was lack of interest that really caused
the combat to be postponed twice, and not,
as alleged, Jeffries's poor condition.
_ There was a stimulus in the betting that
was decidedly refreshing. It began early
in the day and like a tidal wave kept growing
as the hours flitted by. Munroe's adherents
seemed to crop up on all sides. They had
money to bet, but wanted remunerative
returns for it in case they won. That not
a lot of money exchanged hands was due
to the miner's admirers, who wanted 3 1/2
to 1, although the ruling price was 10 to 3 1/2
Jeffries thought that these figures were
absurd, and said that any one giving over
2 to 1 was foolish. This belief was shared
by other shrewd gamblers, who did not
feel like putting up $100 to $35 against
a husky proposition as Munroe.
_ Munroe's acquiescence to all of....
Graney's suggestions and his exuberant
confidence, made a lot of friends for him.
Those who visited the miner at his training
quarters say that he is certainly a marvel
of self-control. He seemed indifferent
to the fact that he was going up against the
greatest heavyweight of modern times.
One would think to observe him that he
was going to a lawn tennis fete or to the
theatre instead of entering the prize ring
to battle for the championship. Some
think that Munroe's sang froid is feigned.
This is partly bourne out by the fact that he
declared positively this morning that he
would not have a piece of money on himself.
The Butte man further said that his old
friend, Pat Powers of New York, advised
him to sidestep the taking of anything
like a gambler's chance on the outcome of
a bout. He has always found Powers's
advice to be "on the level," he says, and
for that reason was willing to do his share
of the milling for a slice of the big purse
_ Munroe did not do any preparatory
work today save to take a walk of a few
miles along the ocean beach, just to keep
his muscles from stiffening. He rested all
day yesterday, with the exception of a
brief walk. He certainly looked fit as he
strolled along with his trainers, Tim McGrath
and Kid McCoy. One thing that was gratify-
ing to his mentors was that he had a fine
appetite. But Munroe knows how to diet
and did not eat anything that he thought
would do him harm. Munroe, who
usually retired about 9 o'clock, remained
up until a few minutes before 12 o'clock.
He did this on Thursday night so as to get
used to a late hour. He thought that it
would keep him from getting drowsy by
the time the mill began.
_ The champion was just as indifferent
to the result as Munroe. He went to the
theatre last night and enjoyed the show.
He retired late and did not get up today
until nearly noon. Among his callers
during the afternoon was Jimmy Britt.
They chatted together, and before long
the big fellow issued a challenge to run
the lightweight 100 yards. The race
took place on the road to Lake Merritt
and the boilermaker only won by a few
inches. Jeffries put in a short time in a row-
boat with Britt for company. It was his
only real work of the day, and he rested
until the fight.
_ What gave Jeffries's stock a big boom
today was the announcement on the word
of Sandy Griswold of Omaha that the
champion weighed last night only 219
pounds. This was at least ten or fifteen
pounds less than the public expected, and
it shows that Jeffries has done more hard
work than he was credited with, as he
began training weighing fully 250 pounds.
His present weight is six pounds less than
when he fought Corbett, and then he was
in finer condition than ever before.
As usual Jeffries was examined carefully
by his physician, who declared after careful
examination that Jeffries seemed to
him to be invincible. He said:
_ "Jeffries is the most remarkably perfect
specimen of physical manhood that it has
ever been my good fortune to examine.
Jeffries physical construction is not that of
an ordinary prize fighter. One of the chief
peculiarities of his physique is the fact
that his ribs and hip bones so nearly meet
that yo could hardly place a finger between
them, and when he crouches his waist is
virtually incased in an iron cage. Jeffries
will never be knocked out by a blow on the
solar plexus. Neither Munroe nor any
other fighter will ever be able to reach him
there. He is a wonder. What I have ex-
plained here is the greatest thing from an
anatomical standpoint. He has an exception-
ally short coupled man. As to his pulse,
it shows absolutely no fatigue after all his
training and the excitement attendant
upon it. He is in the best possible condi-
_ Munroe weighs 210, and he is a splendid
specimen of physical vigor, having not
one ounce of superfluous flesh. His legs
and thighs are as large as those of Jeffries,
but in chest measurement and arm he is
smaller than the champion.
_ Jeffries seconds were Billy Delaney, Jack
Jeffries, Joe Kennedy and Jimmy Britt.
_ Behind Munroe were Kid McCoy, Tim
McGrath, Twin Sullivan, Frank McDonald
and Harry Foley.
_ The four round preliminary between
Saginaw Kid and Jockey Louis Burns ended
in a decision for the Saginaw Kid, who had
a big advantage in height and reach.
The second pair were Billy Means of San
Francisco and Billy Sullivan of Portland.
They came together for four rounds at 125
pounds. Means got the verdict.
_ At 9 o'clock the pavilion was rapidly
filling. the indication at this hour was
that there would be at least a $40,000 house.
Around the ringside sporting men from
cities beyond the Rockies were seated.
there was considerable excitement and
the betting became lively. The odds at
this hour ruled 100 to 30 in favor of Jeffries
to 100 to 35 earlier in the evening.
_ Munroe was first to make his appearance
in the ring. this was at 9:19. a minute
later Jeffries took his corner. The an-
nouncer was Jordan, who introduced Mun-
roe as the Butte miner. Jeffries was pre
sented as the champion of the world. Both
men were warmly received.
_ The fighters looked fit to battle for a
king's ransom. The bulk of the applause
went to Munroe, who seemed to have the
crowd's sympathy. there was a laugh
when McCoy was introduced as the "Beau
Brummel" of the prize ring. After the
laugh had subsided McCoy expressed his
willingness to box any man in the world
except Jeffries. Jeffries was very con-
fident and smiled and greeted his admiring
_ Jeffries was clad in black trunks entwined
with national colors. The boilermaker,
after a brief chat with his personal friends
walked over to Munroe's corner and shook
his rival's hand effusively. The betting
remained at 100 to 30 in favor of the cali-
_ In appearance Munroe contrasted
greatly with the champion. His face
wore of serious expression and there was a
lack of color in his cheeks. He otherwise
looked ill at ease. He wore green
tights with the national colors entwined.
The men were called from their corners
for the formal instructions and no time was
lost in getting together.
first to lead. He shot out the left, but
the blow was provokingly short. Jeffries
smiled and danced around his opponent
and the drew him into a clinch. He tried
a right for the body, but missed.
A clinch followed, and then Munroe
tried the right, but could not connect.
Jeffries chewed gum and grinned. Then
with a spurt Jeffries sent over the left and
hooked the miner on the jaw.
Munroe went down, but got up smartly.
Jeffries then waded in again and drove a
straight right to the head and followed
with a left swing to the wind. The champion
would not give the miner any rest, but was
after him sending Munroe to the ropes
with right and left on the body.
Jeffries then put the left for a well directed
punch. The blow landed on the jaw and
Munroe went down and remained on the
floor for eight seconds. He arose, but
was again floored with a similar punch.
Munroe started a vicious right for the jaw
but the bell rang and the champion checked
the blow. The miner did not land a punch
in this round and worried when he took
a left swing to the mouth that made him
spit blood. He bored in, but Jeffries was
after him, smashing him all over the body
with lefts and rights and flooring him.
Blood flowed from Jack's face and mouth.
Another straight terrific right to the face
rendered the miner helpless. He sank
slowly to the floor and attempted to rise,
but Jeffries was waiting for him.
Before the champion could land on his
helpless victim, however, Referee Graney
grabbed him and declared Jeffries the
_ Munroe was completely outclassed and
seemed to be frightened while sitting in his
corner before the fight started.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26 - Jim
Munroe after a little fiddling was
They went to a clinch, Munroe
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