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McGoorty
10-07-2011, 12:42 PM
PHYSICAL CULTURE
AND SELFDEFENSE
BY
ROBERT FITZSIMMONS
CHAMPION MIDDLEWEIGHT
FIGHTER OF THE WORLD; CHAMPION
HEAVYWEIGHT
FIGHTER OF THE WORLD ***63281;***63288;***63289;***63287;
***63281;***63288;***63289;***63289;;
INSTRUCTOR AND LECTURER ON PHYSICAL
CULTURE, ETC., ETC., ETC.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY
DREXEL BIDDLE, F.R.G.S., F.R.M.S., F.G.S.A.
ETC.
ILLUSTRATIONS FROM
POSES BY ROBERT FITZSIMMONS
AND
GEORGE DAWSON
PHYSICAL INSTRUCTOR OF THE CHICAGO ATHLETIC CLUB
DREXEL BIDDLE, PUBLISHER
LONDON PHILADELPHIA SAN FRANCISCO
***63282;***63282;***63288; South Fourth St. COPYRIGHT, ***63281;***63289;***63280;***63281;
BY
ANTHONY J. DREXEL BIDDLE
Entered at Stationer's Hall, London
***9473;***9473;***9473;
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED --------------------------------------------------------------- PRINTED BY DREXEL BIDDLE, PHILADELPHIA, U.S.A. DEDICATION
To one whose beauty through each changing year is yet
unchanging,
And through whose eyes I have seen the light and the right.
My light when all else was darkness and uncertainty,
And whose companionship shone with a gentle lustre for
all that is good and bright.
That shines ever for me in the paths of truth and happiness:
My guiding star—My Wife. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PHYSICAL CULTURE And SELF DEFENCEINTRODUCTION
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ALTHOUGH Robert Fitzsimmons, the greatest
fighter the ring has ever had, is world famous
in his public life, yet, strange to say, scarcely
any but his intimate friends know the actual
personality and character of this remarkable
man. At his home and among his friends he
bears no trace of the ring or of the fighter. A
man of temperate habits, and who lives by
strict rules for the moral and physical life, the
only trait for which his worst enemy can
criticise him is that of his unbounded generosity.
But even here the harsh critic must
pause, for Robert Fitzsimmons is possessed
of the keenest powers of perception, and can
discern between the worthy and the unworthy
with almost unerring judgment.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 12:47 PM
An illustration of the unbounded generosity
of this man may be found within the doors of
his own home. There is an old grayhaired man who is introduced to every visitor at the
Fitzsimmons residence as Dr. ]ohn Lapraik.
The history of Dr. Lapraik***8217;s presence here is
kept generally as a secret by the modest Fitzsimmons
himself The true situation I discovered
only by accident. This old man was
the ***8220;boss***8221; of the blacksmith shop in which
Fitzsimmons was foreman for years out in
Australia. He is a guest at the Fitzsimmons
house***8212;for life if he desires. Fitzsimmons
recently heard that john Lapraik was living in
straitened circumstances in a town far removed
from New York. He learned of the matter in
a roundabout fashion, as the old Doctor, a
veterinary surgeon by profession, was too
proud to let his friend of Australian days know
of his poverty or whereabouts. But immediately
that Fitzsimmons heard of his friend***8217;s
distress, he sent the following brief and characteristic
note to his fellowworkman
of long
ago :
***8220;I am on easy street now, old boy. Come and live
with me and take a rest in your old age.
***8220;ROBERT FITZSIMMONS.***8221;
Everything is arranged for the Doctor***8217;s
comfort, and in the cellar there is a workshop fitted out for his especial benefit. There john
Lapraik mixes his medicines and tinkers about
in blissful enjoyment day after day. It is interesting
to hear him tell of the way in which his
foreman would ask for a halfholiday
when he
was going to an encounter out in Australia.
Dr. Lapraik smiles when he says that the
l tighter used to deny he was the Bob Fitzsimmons
the papers were talking about, for fear of
losing his position in the horseshoeing business.
When Admiral Dewey received his great
ovation in New York he passed beneath the
beautiful ***8220;Dewey Arch.***8221; There a statue,
eighteen feet high, representing ***8220;Peace,***8221;
looked down upon the triumphant Admiral.
This statue was modelled by the New York
sculptor D. C. French from Robert Fitzsimmons.
With Fitzsimmons, his private life and his
professional career are absolutely distinct, and
his intimate personal friends are one and all
from among the worthy class of people***8212;business
men, actors, statesmen, authors, and
artists. This man, the coolest and bravest
fighter that ever entered a ring, is possessed
of an uncommonly even temperament. What - ever his small or great disappointments, or the
state of his feelings may be, his nearest associates
see none other than the sunny side of
his disposition. When he is really ***8220;out of
sorts,***8221; or nervous, or upset, like other men, is
never known: he is a man of iron will, and
can conceal any gloom that he may feel with
such perfect ease and under so sunshiny a
manner that not even his intimates can know
his inward thought. But this is the only deception
of which Fitzsimmons is guilty of practising.
He is straightforward and frank to a
degree rarely found in even the best of heroes
outside of fiction. Those who would know Robert Fitzsimmons
as a prize***8212;fighter in private life will be doomed
to disappointment. When this man leaves
training or the ring all vestige of the pugilist ***8216;
departs from him. He is a lawabiding,
Godfearing
man, a good citizen, and a model
husband and father. In the privacy of his
beautiful home at Bensonhurst one finds the
true Robert Fitzsimmons. There, in a great
house set in the midst of shaded lawns and
garden, he spends the happiest times of his
life. He wants no other company than that of his loving wife and children. His friends are
at all times welcome, and sparerooms
stand
ready for them. Distinguished courtesy and
hospitality are characteristics of both Mr. and
Mrs. Fitzsimmons. A more devoted couple it
would be hard to find. It was Mrs. Fitzsimmons***8217;
wish that her husband should leave the
ring, and he has done so. There is not a
trace of the pugilist at the home of Robert
Fitzsimmons. No athletic apparatus of any
kind, not even a punchingbag,
is to be found
on the premises. His training has always been
done away from his residence, as another man
would do business at his office.
There are those who condemn or honor a
man on account of his calling. They are the
narrowminded
or superficially critical who
condemn or praise alike without investigation
of a man***8217;s personality or private character.
While all deceitful callings are contemptible,
the vocation of the prizefighter
is at least a
manly one. He is rarely matched against
inferior weight or size, and constantly undergoes
supreme tests for bravery and patience,
and even magnanimity. It is often the case
that a fighter, seeing victory well assured, refrains from further beating a weakened
opponent who has fought most roughly. Very
often, indeed, does the boxer, well assured of
victory, implore the referee to interfere and
thus save his adversary from further punishment.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 12:50 PM
Many pugilists must support their wives and
families by the proceeds of their calling, so
that fighting is a business, and not a cause for
***8220;bad blood***8221; with them. As a matter of fact,
there is much less ***8220;bad blood***8221; in professional
than in amateur boxing. Though the writer
does not personally uphold or advocate the
profession of pugilism, he merely wishes to
prove that it is not entirely condemnable, and
that it is in fact possible to find some good in
it. That a pugilistic encounter is utterly brutal
is anerroneous
view, for men in such fine
physical training as pugilists cannot receive
much injury beyond a few scratches or skin
bruises at worst from padded gloves.
As for amateur boxing***8212;is it not a fine,
manly sight to witness two young men, strong
in friendship and mutual high regard, and both
skilled in the art of selfdefense,
engaged in a
boxing match together? With bodies grace fully poised, heads erect, and cheeks flushed in
pleasurable excitement, they narrowly watch
each other***8217;s every movement, and weave in
and out, one about the other, hitting, parrying,
dodging, and sidestepping
with lightninglike
rapidity. If one chances to fall, his friend
does not smile victoriously, but rather looks
anxiously for the fallen to rise unhurt, in order
that he may thus see no harm was done, and
also that the sport may continue.
Eyeing one another earnestly, though in
absolute friendliness, each is almost as pleased
when the other makes a clever hit as he is
when the cleverness is his own. A word of
congratulation is often spoken at such a moment.
At the end of the ***8220;bout***8221; the boxers
shake hands, better friends than ever. They
look into one another***8217;s eyes and agree that
they had a fine ***8220;setto***8221;***8212;
they are pleased with
themselves and with each other. Is not such a
meeting of friends warranted to test their true
mettle? .
For years boxing was under a cloud of
I official disapproval in the English army; now
it is the predominating sport. At a time when
the feeling against boxing ran high, a famous British general was persuaded, much against
his will, to witness a glove contest. This same
general had always been one of the most active
spirits in opposing the sport, and his opinion
was law in the army. But after he had witnessed
the contest he addressed the assembled
throng ere they departed. He said he had
changed his views completely, and considered
the exhibition he had seen as manly and
praiseworthy in every particular; that he
would henceforward withdraw all opposition
to the sport, and, moreover, he hoped boxing
would so grow in favor that ere long every
English soldier would have become a boxer.
In his most recent victories Fitzsimmons has
done more for the cause of scientific boxing,
the manly art of selfdefense,
than any other
person has ever accomplished. He has defeated
decisively, one after the other, two of
the greatest pugilists the world has ever seen
***8212;Augustus Ruhlin and Thomas Sharkey, two
great, powerful fellows, each many pounds
larger and many years younger than Fitzsimmons.
And how did this most wonderful of fighters
accomplish his victories? Not by running away and tiring his opponents, nor yet by landing
i chance blows or by goodluck.
He stood right
up to each of them and exchanged blows
until they fell. But his blows were the more
scientific, as was his defense; and thus by his
A victories he clearly proved that superior science
is more than a match for superior size and
strength, even with youth to back such desirable
qualities. Though a word must be said
about Fitzsimmons***8217; physique, for he is, indeed,
a man of iron.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 12:52 PM
It is an acknowledged fact among famous
athletes, trainers, and doctors who have known
Robert Fitzsimmons, that he has upset more of
their theories and done more to revise and
better the rules for training and for the care of
the health than any other living man. His
thorough scientific knowledge of anatomy and
of medicine is uniquely accurate.
It is also interesting to know how certain
a famous trainers have stated that Fitzsimmons
A is the easiest man to put into condition they
ever handled. In fact, they acknowledge that
l his rules for living are such that ***8220;he is always
***8216;fit***8217; and ready.***8221; They say they have learned
more in the true art of physical culture from him than they could ever show him,
although his theories were often the reverse
of theirs.
An illustration of this remarkable state of
affairs may be found in an account by Mr.
Frederick Bogan, the crack California featherweight.
Mr. Bogan was recently quoted as
telling of his acquaintance with Fitzsimmons
during the first few weeks after the latter***8217;s
arrival in this country from Australia, in 1890.
His account as given ran as follows:
***8220;Fitzsimmons worked along with us for
several days, but we paid little attention to
him, except that we smiled at his peculiar
ideas about training. When we put on heavy
sweaters in the morning for a run he would
go out and take a slow walk, and we came to
the conclusion that it was because he could not
run a long distance.
***8220;One day Choynski suggested that we invite
him out for a run to try to kill him off Much
to our surprise he accepted the offer, and away
we started. Our idea was to carry him at a
rapid gait to the seabeach,
six miles away, and
then back at our very best and make him cry
enough. ***8220;Choynski and I would take turn about
setting the pace, and we were beginning to feel
the effects of the rapid gait long before we
had reached the ocean. I kept watching Fitzsimmons***8217;
face, expecting to see signs of distress,
but instead there was that same steady
expression of satisfaction and absolutely no
rapid breathing. Choynski noticed it, too, and
I could tell that he also was perplexed; but
neither of us had wind enough to talk, and
away we jogged through the sandhills
down
to the sea and right back on the return
journey.
***8220;On the way Fitzsimmons kept asking questions
in regard to the scenery, but the answers
he got were jerky and few. He was beyond
any doubt tireless, and his long legs strode
faster and faster. He was now setting the
pace with Choynski, and I was ready to drop,
but too proud to quit. We were never so glad
to see anything in our lives as when the Cliff
House burst upon us at a turn of the road.
While we were being rubbed down the Australian
coolly wiped himself off with a towel
and remarked that the pace had been
***8216;bloomin***8217; fast.***8217;

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 12:55 PM
***8220;After dinner we were frisking around lazily
in the gymnasium when Fitzsimmons proposed
to Choynski that they don the gloves. The
latter assented and they started off Choynski
was then in his prime. He was a clever, hard
hitter and weighed about one hundred and
sixtyfive
pounds in good condition. That day
Fitzsimmons tipped the beam at one hundred
and fortyseven
pounds. I never saw a prettier
bout in all my life.***8221;
Shortly after this the Australian went to
New Orleans, where his victories over Arthur
Upham, Dempsey, Maher, Jim Hall and others
in rapid succession and his acquisition and loss
of the world***8217;s championship have made his
name famous throughout the world.
One of the greatest fighters that Fitzsimmons
ever encountered was jack Dempsey, the
oldtime
peerless champion middleweight
of
the world. Dempsey was at the height of his
career when he met his defeat at the hands of
Fitzsimmons. On the night of the great fight
McCauliffe accompanied Dempsey into the
ring, and it is said by the spectators who were
then present that there was never a more
superb looking pair of athletes than these men. Fitzsimmons appeared in a long, loose bathrobe,
which accentuated his gaunt appearance,
and as he took his seat across the ring
McCauliffe and Dempsey regarded him commiseratingly,
for his spindly legs could be seen
as far as the knees, and he did not look as
though he weighed more than a hundred
pounds. Dempsey expressed sincere pity for
this poor, thin man***8212;he had never seen him in
his life before***8212;but when Fitzsimmons removed
his wrapper and his gigantic chest and
shoulders loomed up, Dempsey looked aghast.
The famous artist Mr. Homer Davenport,
who was present at the time, says that Fitzsimmons
stood high above Dempsey as the two
fighters met and shook hands in the centre of
the ring, and that Dempsey***8217;s attitude changed,
not to one of fear, for he was a brave man, but
rather to one of desperate determination. The
lines of his face became drawn, and he entered
the combat with all his oldtime,
fine style.
Fitzsimmons, however, gave him no opportunity
of squaring off and getting his distance,
but rushed at him and pinned him repeatedly
with terrific force. As the fight proceeded,
round by round, Dempsey grew so weak that at times he begged Fitzsimmons not to fight so
fast. Here the Australian showed great gallantry,
for he stopped his rushing tactics and
squared off until Dempsey regained his breath
and balance. So often did Fitzsimmons do
this that his manager, Carroll, became disgusted
and rated him severely. On one occasion
when Fitzsimmons had driven Dempsey
to the floor, and the latter, unable to rise,
clung to Fitzsimmons***8217; knees and implored the
Australian to help him to his feet, Fitzsimmons
leaned over and placed Dempsey upright, and
then waited for some time until he was ready
to continue. It was almost the end of the
battle when Dempsey fell to the floor, apparently
insensible, from a terrible blow of the
Australians He lay still until the ninth second
had been counted, when he suddenly struggled
to his feet and struck that graceful attitude for
which he was famous. He stood rigid, and resembled
a bronze statue. The public rose and
cheered him to the echo, and Fitzsimmons
stood off looking at him in admiration. But a
few moments later he fell and was counted
out, and Fitzsimmons was proclaimed middleweight
champion of the world. From that time forward Dempsey became
greatly interested in the career of Fitzsimmons,
and it is not generally known that on his
deathbed
he handed a snug little sum to
his wife, with the following instructions:
***8220;Whenever or whoever Fitzsimmons fights,
always place your money on him, for he is
bound to beat every man of any weight that he
ever encounters.***8221; Pursuant to these instructions
Mrs. Dempsey placed every cent that she
owned in the world on him when he met
Corbett for the heavyweight
championship, at
Carson City. At the time the odds were 75
to 100 in favor of Corbett. But true to
Dempsey***8217;s prediction, Fitzsimmons proved the
victor, and Mrs. Dempsey was thus rewarded
for her confidence in the words of her
husband.
Fitzsimmons has always shown a determination
to excel in whatever he undertook. In
his onetime employment as blacksmith he won
the horseshoeing championship of the world.
In spite of his single defeat by champion
James J. Jeffries, John L. Sullivan is quoted as
having said recently, ***8220;I think Fitzsimmons is
about the best fighter we have.***8221; But, as already stated, Robert Fitzsimmons
has retired from the ring. It is in view of his
original and comprehensive knowledge relative
to physical culture and boxing that the present
volume from his pen must necessarily prove
universally authoritative.
A. J. DREXEL BIDDLE.

Ziggy Stardust
10-07-2011, 12:57 PM
Excellent stuff! :cool9:

Poet

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 12:58 PM
I will give you time to read that, then I'll put more up, I hope you like this book as much as I did.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:00 PM
Excellent stuff! :cool9:

Poet
Gee, You must be a speed reader Poet !!!..... and it is an excellent book, what a legend Ruby Bob was.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:32 PM
Gee, You must be a speed reader Poet !!!..... and it is an excellent book, what a legend Ruby Bob was.
PART I
PHYSICAL CULTURE
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CHAPTER I
THE PROPER WAY TO BREATH
A Course of Exercises by Which the Correct
Method May be Acquired CHAPTER II
SCHOOLROOM
EXERCISES
SOMETIME ago I received the following communication:
PRINCETON, IND., October 15, 1900.
MR. ROBERT FITZSIMMONS, NEW YORK.
DEAR SIR: I am a teacher of boys and girls from twelve
to fifteen years of age. As an incentive to physical culture,
I believe no name could make such an impression as that
of Robert Fitzsimmons. Could you suggest some exercises
to be used about fifteen or twenty minutes daily in the
school room***8212;exercises that would tend toward a good carriage
of the body, with good chest and limb development?
Very respectfully,
MARY BRUCE HENDERSON. I was glad to reply to the letter printed
above, and suggested several exercises which,
if faithfully used, would benefit not only boys
and girls, but grown***8212;up men and women as
well. Before describing the exercises, it may
be said that their value in developing muscle
cannot be overrated.
There is an unfortunate tendency in these modern athletic times to turn boys and girls
loose in gymnasiums and allow them to exercise
without any competent director. As a
consequence, many a boy makes impossible the
very thing he aims to attain***8212;a fine physique.
He develops some part of his body disproportionately
to the rest, and becomes musclebound
before he reaches manhood, or he subjects
his immature body to some violent exertion
that results in a strain from which he may
never fully recover.
Do not think that you must have dumbbells,
Indianclubs,
or pulley weights to get strong.
Let every boy remember, for this should appeal
especially to boys, that some of the strongest
men in the world have developed their great
physical power without the aid of gymnastic
paraphernalia of any kind, but simply by such
simple exercises as I will explain.
Some years ago such a man rode from New
York to Chicago on a bicycle. He took the
ride merely for pleasure, and had no reputation
as a cyclist, yet so great was his strength and
endurance***8212;gained by simple exercises***8212;that
he broke the record then existing for the
journey. SCHOOLROOM
EXERCISES
Let every boy who reads this try the exercises
here elucidated, and he will feel that they
are doing him good. He will secure an erect,
easy, graceful carriage, cover his body with
firm, pliable muscles, and prepare himself for
the hard training necessary for the violent
exercise of boxing and most vigorous outdoor
sports.
How to Stand. Stand up against a wall with
your arms by your sides, your heels, shoulders,
and head touching the wall. Draw in your
abdomen. Hold your head erect, with the
chin well in, so that when you look straight
ahead your glance strikes the floor about fifteen
or twenty feet in front of you. Take several
steps forward and stand with your heels together.
You are now ready for the first
exercise.
Exercise 1. Lift your arms until they make
a horizontal line with your shoulder. Then
bring them forward in front, reaching out as
far as you can so as to pull your shoulders
forward, but holding the rest of the body
rigid. Next spread back your arms with a
slow, gentle motion as far as you can***8212;do not
let them drop down any***8212;at the same time filling your lungs as full of air as possible.
Do this ten times. Then drop your arms to
your sides.
Exercise 2. Lift your arms outward with an
easy, gentle motion up above your head, reaching
as high as you can, but keeping your heels
on the floor. Then lower them again gently
to the first position. Do this ten times. In
lifting your arms inhale, and in lowering
exhale.
In both these exercises be careful that you
i breathe as directed, and hold your body, except
the arms and shoulders, as in the standing
position. These exercises will develop the
muscles of your back, chest, and shoulders,
and will increase your lung capacity greatly
in a short time.
Exercise 3. Place the hands on the hips.
Bend to the right as far as possible; then bend
back again and to the left as far as you can.
Do this twenty times. Do not move by jerks,
but smoothly and not too fast.
Exercise 4. Bend forward as far as you
can, and then backward as far as you can,
with a gentle, even motion. Do this twenty
times.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:34 PM
PART I
PHYSICAL CULTURE
***9473;***9473;***9473;
CHAPTER I
THE PROPER WAY TO BREATH
A Course of Exercises by Which the Correct
Method May be Acquired CHAPTER II
SCHOOLROOM
EXERCISES
SOMETIME ago I received the following communication:
PRINCETON, IND., October 15, 1900.
MR. ROBERT FITZSIMMONS, NEW YORK.
DEAR SIR: I am a teacher of boys and girls from twelve
to fifteen years of age. As an incentive to physical culture,
I believe no name could make such an impression as that
of Robert Fitzsimmons. Could you suggest some exercises
to be used about fifteen or twenty minutes daily in the
school room***8212;exercises that would tend toward a good carriage
of the body, with good chest and limb development?
Very respectfully,
MARY BRUCE HENDERSON. I was glad to reply to the letter printed
above, and suggested several exercises which,
if faithfully used, would benefit not only boys
and girls, but grown***8212;up men and women as
well. Before describing the exercises, it may
be said that their value in developing muscle
cannot be overrated.
There is an unfortunate tendency in these modern athletic times to turn boys and girls
loose in gymnasiums and allow them to exercise
without any competent director. As a
consequence, many a boy makes impossible the
very thing he aims to attain***8212;a fine physique.
He develops some part of his body disproportionately
to the rest, and becomes musclebound
before he reaches manhood, or he subjects
his immature body to some violent exertion
that results in a strain from which he may
never fully recover.
Do not think that you must have dumbbells,
Indianclubs,
or pulley weights to get strong.
Let every boy remember, for this should appeal
especially to boys, that some of the strongest
men in the world have developed their great
physical power without the aid of gymnastic
paraphernalia of any kind, but simply by such
simple exercises as I will explain.
Some years ago such a man rode from New
York to Chicago on a bicycle. He took the
ride merely for pleasure, and had no reputation
as a cyclist, yet so great was his strength and
endurance***8212;gained by simple exercises***8212;that
he broke the record then existing for the
journey. SCHOOLROOM
EXERCISES
Let every boy who reads this try the exercises
here elucidated, and he will feel that they
are doing him good. He will secure an erect,
easy, graceful carriage, cover his body with
firm, pliable muscles, and prepare himself for
the hard training necessary for the violent
exercise of boxing and most vigorous outdoor
sports.
How to Stand. Stand up against a wall with
your arms by your sides, your heels, shoulders,
and head touching the wall. Draw in your
abdomen. Hold your head erect, with the
chin well in, so that when you look straight
ahead your glance strikes the floor about fifteen
or twenty feet in front of you. Take several
steps forward and stand with your heels together.
You are now ready for the first
exercise.
Exercise 1. Lift your arms until they make
a horizontal line with your shoulder. Then
bring them forward in front, reaching out as
far as you can so as to pull your shoulders
forward, but holding the rest of the body
rigid. Next spread back your arms with a
slow, gentle motion as far as you can***8212;do not
let them drop down any***8212;at the same time filling your lungs as full of air as possible.
Do this ten times. Then drop your arms to
your sides.
Exercise 2. Lift your arms outward with an
easy, gentle motion up above your head, reaching
as high as you can, but keeping your heels
on the floor. Then lower them again gently
to the first position. Do this ten times. In
lifting your arms inhale, and in lowering
exhale.
In both these exercises be careful that you
i breathe as directed, and hold your body, except
the arms and shoulders, as in the standing
position. These exercises will develop the
muscles of your back, chest, and shoulders,
and will increase your lung capacity greatly
in a short time.
Exercise 3. Place the hands on the hips.
Bend to the right as far as possible; then bend
back again and to the left as far as you can.
Do this twenty times. Do not move by jerks,
but smoothly and not too fast.
Exercise 4. Bend forward as far as you
can, and then backward as far as you can,
with a gentle, even motion. Do this twenty
times.
In both these exercises care must be taken
not to bend the knees. Breathe naturally.
Keep the lower part of the body as near as
possible in the standing position. These exercises
are for the waist muscles. Exercise 3,
develops the muscles of the side and loins, and
Exercise 4 is one of the best exercises for the
back, the muscles along the back of the legs,
and especially the abdominal. muscles, which
are among the most important to an athlete
and a strong man.
Remember particularly that the number of
times you do the exercises is not so important
as faithful regularity, and the way in which you i
do them. Start easily, and gradually increase
the number you do of each. You will soon
acquire a surprising endurance, as you may
easily prove by getting some companion to
follow you through the exercises. He may be
strong, and, perhaps, something of an athlete,
but unless he is exceptionally well developed
he will certainly show signs of fatigue and may
have to stop before you begin to tire. CHAPTER III
HOW TO REDUCE WEIGHT
A Simple Diet and Easy Indoor Exercise
Without Dumbbells
or Indianclubs
HERE is some advice for the business man,
the lawyer, doctor, broker, clerk, salesman:
any man, in fact, who is kept indoors much of
the time.
Most men of this class take on weight.
They become big and fat: uncomfortably so.
This advice will show them how they can
keep in fairly good trim, notwithstanding the
fact that they have practically no available time
at their disposal for exercise of any description.
Take the business man who, having reached
middleage,
is beginning to get stout. Owing
to this increase in weight he begins to have
aches and pains. His muscles are not trained
to support the extra weight which he is taking
on.
Here is your diet, and you must adhere to it
if you want to obtain proper results. Abstain from the use of all fatty and starchy
food. Eat all kinds of meat except pork. Eat
all varieties of green vegetables, fruits, and dry
toast, and drink your tea without sugar. Do
not eat potatoes, butter, fresh bread, or sugar.
There is the diet: now for the exercises.
They are not difficult, and I will give you only
two movements.
In the first, you must lie flat on your back
and then raise your legs up together so they
will be at right angles with your body; then
slowly let them down to the floor. Do this
twenty times each morning and evening.
In the second movement you must lie down
on your stomach. When in this position place
your hands on the floor near your chest, and,
without bending the body, push yourself slowly
up to the full length of your arms. Do this
ten times each morning and evening.
Above all things you must be regular, and
do not look for too speedy results.
You cannot hope to stick to this diet and
these exercises for two or three mornings and
then jump on the scales and find that you have
dropped five or ten pounds.
It will be at least two or three weeks before you commence to lose weight. Then you will
drop from two to five pounds a week.
You must impress it upon your mind, however,
that there must be no weakening on the
tasks that you have laid down for yourself.
Some cold mornings you will get up, possibly
after a hard night, feeling languid and unrefreshed.
Instead of taking your cold bath,
rubdown,
and exercises, you may be tempted
to say, "Oh! I***8217;ll just skip it this once, and
jump into my clothes."
Such weakness is fatal.
Persevere!

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:38 PM
A CHAPTER FOR WOMEN***8212;TO GAIN BEAUTY
WITH STRENGTH
Muscle Building Will Bring Charms that the
Toilet Table Can Never Furnish
MUSCLE building brings beauty to woman.
This brief statement is sufficient, I think, to
I make many women embark upon a physical
development course. What will woman not
do to become beautiful? They***8212;some of them,
at least***8212;powder and paint, and bleach their
hair, and do all kinds of other foolish things
in an attempt to improve their appearance.
If they but knew what a routine of daily,
healthful exercise would do for them they
would soon forsake their toilet tables for the
gymnasium.
There is nothing in this world more lovely
than a beautiful woman. There is nothing
more pleasing to the eye than a browned, rosycheeked,
fullchested,
straight***8212;backed woman.
Let her be all these and she is certainly queen. A Woman that Excites Pity
When I see a poor, pale, narrowchested,
weak woman, with her waist drawn up so tight
that it is impossible for her to take a deep, full
breath***8212;the kind that puts health and strength
into the human body***8212;my heart fairly bleeds
for her.
My wife having at one time been an athlete,
I am in a position to know just what is
beneficial and what is not for the average
woman.
In the first place, a woman should dress so
that there will be plenty of room for the lungs
to have full play. Ninetynine
per cent. of
them are dressed so that it is impossible for
them to take a good, deep breath. They
breathe up in their chests only. Consequently,
they are shortwinded.
Then, again, the average woman seldom
gives a thought to the idea of daily exercising.
She seldom walks unless she is compelled to.
She shuts herself up in a hot, stuffy room, eats
improperly, and then wonders that she is
subject to so many complaints. Golf's Many Advantages
I must say that in the past few years there
has been a big change in the mode of living
adopted by women.
The game of golf has been responsible for
this to a large degree, and I cannot say too
much for it as a means of exercise for women.
It provides just the kind of outdoor life that
they need. It takes them out into the sun and
makes them brown and healthy looking. It
fills their lungs full of pure, fresh air, while the
continual walking and swinging of the clubs
supplies exercise for the entire body.
Women, play golf!
Of course, you can overdo it. Women differ
so much in their physical makeup
that what is
medicine for one is poison for another. For
this reason a woman should carefully guard
her strength.
Do not overtax yourself. Go about your
sports and your walks with moderation. Too
much exercise is worse than not enough. You
can easily find out just what you are capable
of enduring, and then shape your work and
play to suit your strength. Do Not Be a Physical Freak
What I want most of all to impress upon
women is not to try to make physical freaks of
themselves.
A woman cannot stand too much training in
any one direction at the expense of the rest of
her body as well as a man can. Her physical
makeup
is not constructed for it. For this
reason she should try to divide her exercises as
evenly as possible.
A woman who can row, ride a wheel and
a horse, swim, shoot, play tennis and golf all
moderately well, and not try to overtax her
strength in any one branch, is the woman who
will be strong and healthy.
She does not lace herself too tight; she
glories in the pure air and delights to throw
out her shoulders and drink in long, deep
mouthfuls of it, and she nurses her strength
as carefully as does the trained athlete.
This is the woman whom it is a joy to see.
This is the woman who is queen.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:38 PM
CHAPTER V
ADVICE TO PARENTS FOR THE HEALTH AND
REARING OF THEIR CHILDREN.
***8220;How can I train my child so he will grow
up to be an athlete?***8221;
This is a question which I am asked constantly.
At the outset I want to say to both
fathers and mothers who put this question to
me***8212;Don***8217;t.
By this don***8217;t I mean do not start out with
the idea that you want to make an athlete of
your boy.
Just so sure as this plan is pursued you will
overwork him in his tender years and end by
sending him to an early grave.
But do start out to make of him a big,
strong, healthy child who will grow into a fine,
manly man, and his athletic bent will follow in
the natural course of events.
Too much training for the young bones and
muscles is far more harmful than too little. If a child gets no exercises for the muscles
there is a chance for him to make up for this
neglect when he grows up. lf he gets too
much, and his weak little muscles are strained
and his supple bones warped, he can never
fully recover.
Double Strain Weakens
It must be remembered that a child***8217;s brain
is growing even more rapidly than its body.
This is a strain on its system, but a certain
amount of healthy exercise will help it to stand
this strain. Too much exercise will add to
the strain. This double strain will end by
weakening the entire system.
There is nothing that can be so easily trained
as the muscles of a child. The muscles and
bones are both soft and pliable. They can be
moulded like so much putty. See that they
are moulded the right way.
There is not a day passes that I do not have
a romp with my little son. I also put him
through a regular, daily course of exercise.
I instruct him in gymnastic movements that
will tend to make him supple in every joint.
At the same time the tiny muscles are slowly but surely building up on his little limbs and
body. That is the way they should be formed
***8212;slowly***8212;almost as slowly as the wearing
away of a rock by the waves of the ocean.
Do Not Start Too Soon
Another point which should be carefully
followed is not to start too early to train
your children. just so sure as you do you will
put some strain upon them that their young
bodies cannot endure. And then they are
permanently incapacitated. All the bright
hopes of making a man among men of your
boy are spoiled by undue haste to make a
youthful wonder of him.
When your boys, and your girls, too, for that
matter, are just able to toddle around, the best
thing you can do is to see that they are kept
outdoors as much as possible.
Children cannot get too much fresh air.
Get them up early in tl1e morning and send
them out into the fresh air. Even if you live
in the city, keep them outdoors when the
weather permits.
Better to have them dirty and healthy than
clean and sickly. When to Use Gymnastics.
Follow the foregoing plan, and then when
you think that the children are able to stand
a certain amount of simple exercise commence
to put them through their gymnastics every
morning and night.
They will grow strong: they cannot help it
if you will follow the above rules.
Bear in mind that your children must have
plenty of fresh air, and moderate, regular
exercise, and they will grow up to be men and
women of whom you may be proud.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:47 PM
TO PROSPECTIVE ATHLETES
THE great secret of proper training for all
kinds of athletic feats is to use commonsense.
This is the keynote of success for all athletes.
Commonsense
in eating, commonsense
in
exercising, commonsense
in sleeping, all form
a combination that brings one to success.
One thing that I want to impress upon the
young athlete is not to overtax himself at the
outset. This mistake has been the undoing of
many a youth who would have developed into
a big, strong athlete if he had not started with
wrong ideas of how to train.
Different people need different work. A
frail, delicate boy cannot stand as vigorous
work at first as a big, lusty chap; and yet the
little one has just as much chance as the big
one if he only goes about things in the proper
manner.
Good health is the first essential of an
athlete. If one is not healthy then he must endeavor to build himself up in this direction
before starting on any course of physical
exercise.
This can be done only by laying down
certain rules and following them strictly.
These rules are very simple.
Six Rules for Young Athletes
Do not drink.
Do not smoke.
Do not chew.
Get all the sleep you can.
Get all the pure, fresh air you can.
Eat plain, wholesome food, and plenty of it.
Adhere to these rules, and gradually, but
surely, you will find yourself becoming stronger
and stronger. Finally, the day will come when
you will never know a sick moment. Then is
the time to commence your exercising. At
this stage another duty presents itself.
Find Your Weak Points
You must find out your weakest physical
points. These must be built up so that they
will correspond with the rest of your body. If your back is weak it must be strengthened;
if your arms, your legs, or your chest are weak
you must pay particular attention to these
parts until you feel that they are as strong as
the rest of your body. After this has been
accomplished you are fairly upon the road to
the making of a ***8220;perfect physical man.***8221; Now
comes the daily routine of regular training; do
not forget that this routine must never be
overdone. It is just as harmful to overtrain, in
fact more harmful, than it is not to train at all.
You may easily ascertain just how much
exercise your system can stand. Then regulate
your work accordingly. Gradually, not
all at once, must you work your system up to
the point where it is capable of standing the
strain which you desire to place upon it.
How to Train
If you are training to be a runner, you must
strengthen your legs and thighs. You must
also see that your wind is good. If you want
to wrestle, you must have good, strong back,
chest, and neck muscles, as well as strong arms
and legs. This is also the case with a boxer.
Every one of his muscles must be well devel- oped. In addition to all this, he must learn to
be quick***8212;quick on his feet and quick with his
hands and arms. Different forms of athletics
require entirely different styles of training.
Some do not require as much headwork as
others. Perhaps the boxer has more need for .
clear, cool headwork than any other kind of an
athlete. He has so many lessons to learn
before he can be rated as even a fair boxer
that it takes a long while to reach any sort of
perfection. He has not only his body and
muscles to build up, but his brain must be
properly trained. All of this takes time, and
can be done only by long, careful, systematic
and faithful training and muscle building.
One thing that I want particularly to impress
upon the young athlete is the priceless value of
a good home and pleasant home surroundings.
Some boys and young men have an idea that
an athlete must be ***8220;tough.***8221; This is all wrong,
and it has been proved time and again that
the athlete, whether a runner, wrestler, boxer,
or anything else, can best fit himself for manly
sports if he leads a clean, wholesome, good life.
And this can best be found amid pleasant
home surroundings.

McGoorty
10-07-2011, 01:50 PM
PART II
SELF DEFENCE CHAPTER VII
FIRST LESSON IN BOXING
Cool Head and Good Temper Essential to
Success
BOXING is one of the best exercises that a
young man can take up. The art of selfdefense,
as it is called, brings into play so many
qualities and helps to develop so many traits of
character which figure in one***8217;s daily life that
it furnishes quite a moral training in itself.
An even, peaceable temperament is developed
by boxing; patience is taught by the
same means. A cool, clear head in moments
of danger and confusion is always found in
the man who knows how to use his fists for
pleasure or protection, as the case may be.
In boxing, as in everything else, there is a
right and a wrong way. It is a long road to
travel before one can be called even a fairly
good boxer. At the start, however, it is a
good plan to memorize certain rules which
must be strictly followed. Three Cardinal Rules
Keep cool.
Do not get ***8220;rattled.***8221;
Do not lose your temper.
The mastery of these three rules is of more
consequence than the learning of the many
blows and guards which in time become the
property of a boxer. The blows are learned
naturally. It is not everyone, however, who
realizes the importance of mastering the three
rules which I have laid down. It can easily
be seen of how much importance they are.
If a person is cool and goodnatured
when
boxing he has an advantage at once over one
who loses his head, gets angry, and rushes
headlong into danger. If you are boxing for
exercise and pleasure a cool, clear head will
help you to see every opening which your
opponent offers.
Keep Your Temper
Do not get excited, and you will not lose a
single chance of scoring a point. At the same
time, you are goodnatured
and ready to laugh
at any hard knocks you may receive yourself. All this is training for the moment of real
danger.
You may be attacked in the street by footpads.
They intend to rob you, and you may
be in a lonely, dark locality. Of course, their
first efforts are directed to rendering you helpless.
Now, take the man who does not know
how to box, who has never been drilled to keep
cool and calm in moments of danger. What
happens to him? He is probably found lying
in the gutter in the gray light of early morning,
his pockets rifled, and with possibly a fractured
skull.
Ruffians His Foes
Then look at the man who as a boy learned
to protect himself who knows the science of
selfprotection,
and who can stand firm and true
before a couple of fastflying
fists.
He is probably pitted against a couple of
burly, clumsy, cowardly ruffians. They come
at him with murder in their hearts. Does he
lose his selfpossession?
On the contrary, he
waits for the attack, selects the toughestlooking
one, with the idea of getting him out
of the way first; measures his man carefully
and then sends in a welldirected
blow, right or left as the case may be. Ten to one Mr.
Ruffian goes down. That leaves ample time
to vanquish footpad No. 2.
This is only one picture to illustrate the
great advantage of a knowledge of the art of
selfdefense
and the qualities which go with it.
A thousand instances might be quoted where
the qualities which saved this man from the
footpads would come into play.

McGoorty
10-08-2011, 09:44 AM
Learn to Box
Therefore, I say everyone should learn to box;
let all parents encourage their boys to learn
to protect themselves with their fists. It does
not make ruffians of them; it does not teach
them to be vicious; it does not turn them into
bullies. But it does make of them manly,
upright, selfpossessed,
clearheaded
men.
They know their power and can afford to be
merciful; they are cool, and therefore do not
fear danger; they are mildtempered,
and therefore
lovable. When they are right, they advance
with a determination which brooks no
obstacle ; when they are wrong, they hold their
peace. Learn to box: but be sure you learn
the right way. RIGHT AND WRONG KINDS OF MUSCLES
CONTRASTED
Soft and Supple Muscles the Kind that Give
Athletes Speed, Strength, and
Lasting Power
A PROFESSIONAL strong man came into my
gymnasium one day, and said, ***8220;I would like
to be a boxer.***8221;
***8220;A boxer, eh?***8221; I replied. ***8220;What makes
you think you would make a good boxer?***8221;
***8220;Why, I am as strong as a lion. just come
in here and I will show you.***8221;
And then this strong man went into my
gymnasium and took the heavy weights and
the heavy punchingbag
and tossed them
around like feathers. In a moment he was
puffing and blowing like a porpoise, but he
stepped back and looked at me with a smile.
He certainly was a picture of strength. The muscles stood out all over his body in big
knots. From head to foot he was one mass
of knotty, protruding cords.
***8220;How is that for a starter?***8221; he said.
I did not say a word. His ignorance was
pitiful to me. Walking over to one side of the
room, I took a set of boxing gloves from the
wall and handed him a pair. Following my
lead he put them on.
It took me about two minutes to show that
man how useless, unwieldy, and impracticable
his muscles were. He handled himself like a
carthorse.
He was as slow on his feet as a
messenger boy. His brain acted as did his
muscles, slowly and stiffly. Although a big
man, weighing perhaps two hundred pounds,
he did not make as good a showing with me as
many amateur lightweights
with whom I had
put on the gloves.
I think I showed him clearly the uselessness
of his heavy weightlifting
muscles. They were
good for one thing***8212;the service for which they
had been trained.
Like every athlete in his profession he was
musclebound.
Those huge masses of muscle,
gained at the expense of many hours of hard work, were for all practical purposes of no
more use than a handorgan
would be to a
shipwrecked sailor on a raft in the middle of
the Atlantic Ocean.
In fact, such muscles serve to help shorten
one***8217;s life. The musclebound
man, with every
fibre of his body drawn to a tension that pulls
at the very heartstrings, most frequently dies
with what is known as an ***8220;athlete***8217;s heart.***8221;
A musclebound
man is worse than a skinbound
horse. He is as awkward and ungainly
as a crocodile would be in a ballroom. Take
him away from his chosen profession and he is
all at sea. He is a frightful object lesson
against the use of heavy dumbbells,
or heavy
weights of any kind.
The man or boy who wants to become quick,
strong, and clever must avoid the use of heavy
weights as carefully as though they were
poisonous snakes. They completely destroy
all that suppleness and agility which mark
every detail of the clever athlete***8217;s work.
A man who is a runner, jumper, boxer***8212;in
fact, anything except a heavyweight
lifter***8212;
can have no use for knotty, unwieldy masses
of strength.Even our best wrestlers nowadays recognize
the fact that muscles of that kind are of no use
to them. They know that there are right and
wrong muscles just as well as they know there
is a right and wrong way to wrestle. They
know that such muscles bring them premature
old age and early death.
Thus it is that every ambitious young athlete
should strive to train his muscles in the proper
way. Light dumbbells,
Indianclubs,
and other
muscle building weights should never be forsaken.
Do not use heavy weights.
Do not exercise too much.

McGoorty
10-08-2011, 09:46 AM
BAG PUNCHING
Do you want to become an expert bag
puncher?
Yes? Well, there is nothing easier. There
is not an art or athletic exercise that can be
acquired so readily. You have to impress but
one thing upon your mind***8212;that is, that there
can be absolutely no limit to the amount of
practice that you must take.
The merest novice can, by constant work,
become a bag puncher of no mean ability in a
surprisingly short space of time.
That is encouraging, is it not?
Another advantage that the exercise has is
that it does not cost very much to rig up a
platform and bag. Any boy can make a platform
and fasten it to the ceiling of his woodshed,
attic, or cellar. Then he can save up his
pennies until he gets two or three dollars.
That will not buy the best punchingbag
in the
world, but it will buy one that will answer his
purpose. Have your platform about two feet above
your head. Let the ball hang on a level with
the bottom, and just about on a level with, or
a little bit above, your shoulders.
It is best when punching the ball to stand on
the bare floor, not on a mat, as you are apt to
become sluggish in your footwork
if you adopt
the latter course.
Wear regular gymnasium shoes, and the less
clothes you have on the better. It will give
you more freedom of movement.
Put on small gloves. If you cannot get what
are known as ***8220;punchingbag***8221;
gloves, take an
old pair of kid gloves. Cut the ends of the
fingers off if you wish, as the glove is worn
simply to protect the knuckles and to give
compactness to the hand.
As to the different movements and blows,
it would take up too much space to go into
details. And, again, it is hardly necessary.
Get the bag and you will soon teach yourself
how to do the punching.
At first you must be careful not to get hit by
the ball when it rebounds from the platform
after you strike it. This is only a preliminary
danger, however. You will soon become too light on your feet and expert at dodging with
your head to be in danger from this source.
Learn your straight blows, right from the
shoulder, and the full swings first. Then gradually,
after you have become fast and clever,
learn the fancy movements.
Practice just as much as you possibly can.
That is, first and last, your most important
lesson.

McGoorty
10-08-2011, 09:49 AM
CHAPTER X
RIGHT AND WRONG WAY OF USING THE FEET
AND HANDS WHILE SPARRING***8212;WHAT
THE EXERCISE DEVELOPS
EVERYONE should learn to box. It is as
necessary to a physical education as swimming.
A boy should be able to defend himself at all
times from the attack of a bully or a ruffian,
and there is no manlier way to do it than with
his fists. In civilized localities it is only the
coward who carries a knife or a pistol.
President Roosevelt taught his boys to box.
Most of the prominent men of the country,
those who have made its history, learned to
box when they were lads.
As a healthgiving
exercise boxing has no
equal. It develops all the large and important
muscles of the body, legs and arms, and
strengthens the lungs and quickens the eye.
It gives a boy courage in the face of danger.
It makes him calm and cool and never in a
hurry to seek a quarrel, because the knowledge
that he can take care of himself renders him
goodnatured
at affronts which would wound
his pride were he unable to resent them.
Easy to Learn
Anybody can learn to box. But he must not
think he will be a Terry McGovern the first
time he puts on boxing gloves. It took little
Terry a few years to be the great fighter he is
now. He had to learn.
You can learn, too, if you will do as I tell
you. You will not need a man who teaches
boxing to show you the ***8220;blows***8221; and ***8220;stops***8221;
if you read these lessons with care and do not
try to do too much at the commencement.
The first thing to learn is the right way to
use your feet. Almost as much depends on
the way the feet and legs are used as on the
hands and arms. The legs support and back
up the arms when a blow is struck and also
when a blow is stopped.
The First Lesson
For your first lesson in boxing do not think
of your hands. jump about on your toes as if you were dancing a hornpipe. Bend the
knees and straighten them again. Spring from
one foot to the other, forward and backward.
Bring the left foot forward with a spring from
the toe of the right, and do the same with the
right foot forward. All this will make you
quick and shifty on your feet, which is a most
important requirement in a good boxer
When you can jump about like this for
fifteen minutes at a time without getting tired
or losing your wind, and if you do it quickly
you will find that it is not so easy as you think,
it will be time to learn the way to stand when
boxing. Of course, you never stand still. You
should always keep your legs moving.

McGoorty
10-08-2011, 09:53 AM
Distance of the Feet
Do not keep the feet too close together or
too far apart. If they are too close you do not
have a solid stand and are easily knocked
down. If they are spread too far you will not
be able to quickly change their position, and
that you must be able to do to land a good
blow.
Put the left foot forward in a straight line
from the body. Bend the knee slightly and rest the foot on the toe. Have the weight of
the body on the right foot, with the toe turned
a little outward. Have this foot flat on the
floor.
Never stand stiffly. Keep shifting about,
but do not change this general position unless
certain blows are to be struck. I will explain
them in a future lesson. Stand near a wall.
Place your feet as I have told you. Now reach
out your left fist and touch the wall with your
knuckles. Have your arm almost straight,
bent just a little at the elbow. Push back as
hard as you can. If the push throws you out
of your position, your feet are too close
together.
Spread of the Legs
If you cannot bring the right foot up to the
left as quickly as you can hit a blow they are
too far apart. The right foot should not be
directly behind the left, but spread so that the
body may not be easily upset sideways nor yet
backward.
When you step in for a blow take the spring
from the right foot, lifting the body forward
and steadying it with the left. In landing a righthand
swing bring the right
leg forward with the blow. This will bring
the feet together. They should not be kept
together a second after the blow lands. Either
carry the right foot forward or bring it back
again to the first position. If the feet are
together it is very easy for the man with whom
you are boxing to knock you down.
In jumping backward from a blow take the
spring from the left foot, using the toe. When
you land have the feet in the same position,
still ready for attack or defense.
All this you can practice alone without an
A instructor or an opponent. Never mind about
how you hit or what kind of blows you use.
Persevere with your legwork
until you feel
at home on your feet. It is the hardest
lesson to learn, but if you learn it well you
will see how much you will have advanced
when you put on the gloves.

New England
10-08-2011, 12:34 PM
i got started on reading fitz book first


when i saw his bit on pulling a guy's jacket down around his elbows i almost spilled my coffee. guys in three piece suits duking it out
times have changed lol

the pictures he's got in there are terrific as well

McGoorty
10-08-2011, 01:16 PM
i got started on reading fitz book first


when i saw his bit on pulling a guy's jacket down around his elbows i almost spilled my coffee. guys in three piece suits duking it out
times have changed lol

the pictures he's got in there are terrific as well
Yeah, those pictures are brilliant. I thought I'd post up the text on this and a few other books like the Klaus book, which also has some really great photos which are some of the rarest fight photos ever, Klaus Vs Papke, Klaus Vs Carpentier and Klaus Vx Moreau. I really suggest everybody downloads those books, in fact they'd be worth buying just to have them handy. I found a link for a book on Jimmy Clabby, but it's not free, I might order it anyway. Glad you liked the book mate, which one are you doing now ????

rorymac
10-08-2011, 06:34 PM
Yeah, those pictures are brilliant. I thought I'd post up the text on this and a few other books like the Klaus book, which also has some really great photos which are some of the rarest fight photos ever, Klaus Vs Papke, Klaus Vs Carpentier and Klaus Vx Moreau. I really suggest everybody downloads those books, in fact they'd be worth buying just to have them handy. I found a link for a book on Jimmy Clabby, but it's not free, I might order it anyway. Glad you liked the book mate, which one are you doing now ????
ATG read, I wish I could give you more green. Love the McGovern reference :lol1:

McGoorty
10-09-2011, 10:47 AM
thanks for putting this up.

the writer constantly referred to bob as an aussie, but i was under the impression he was more of a new zealander than an aussie? he emigrated to NZ when he was 9.
It is a toss up, and it's understandable why 3 countries claim him. The Americans referred to him as an Aussie because he was given his first lessons and made his name in Australia, Bob had an extensive career here and spent so much time here that he sounded Australian to Americans. As for Bob himself I think he held Australia and NZ as his home equally, and in the end he was virtually American, remember that the Colonies had not had Federation untill 1901,..... but there was a strong Australian identity for decades, but Kiwis and Aussies were proud Britishers, just that they felt unique, and we are.

McGoorty
10-09-2011, 11:17 AM
CHAPTER XI
THE POISE IN BOXING
IN my first lesson on boxing I told you how
to use your feet. Now, we will suppose you
have learned that correctly, and we will go to
the next lesson : how to hold the body.
The body of a boy or a man is the boiler.
It is from there that all the steam comes that
moves the machinery, the arms and legs. No
matter how big and strong the arms and legs
are, they will not be able to do anything unless
the body gives them the power. So you see
how much care you should take of the body.
There is no exercise that will do so much to
make the body strong and healthy and full of
steam as boxing.
Care must be observed not to do anything
to offset the benefit of the exercise, such as
smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco. As
for drinking beer or spirits, no one of commonsense
will do that. Then, when the body is
clean and full of vitality, there is always afeeling of cheerfulness and goodnature.
There
is no desire to be quarrelsome. No one
should learn to box so that he may bully it
over others, but that he can defend himself
from attack, and for the health and strength
that the exercise gives.
Wrong Beginning
It is natural for the American boy to box.
He picks up a bit of the art himself in sparring
with his playmates. But the trouble with this
is that he is likely to begin all wrong, and then
he has to unlearn all he knows before he can
learn the right way.
Quite recently I saw a case in point: two
boys, without the knowledge, attempting to
box. The way they held the body, feet, and
hands was all wrong. The style of one boy
was worse than that of the other. He held his
body away back. A gentle push would have
taken him off his feet. He had no brace with
the body to back up the force of his own blow
or to stand against that of his playmate.
The other boy was not so bad, but his
muscles were too stiff and his shoulders too
square. Neither of the boys could moveabout quickly and easily. They were not
supple or graceful. They did not have that
sure movement of the body which gives to it so
much health. Movement is fuel to the body.
Where there is plenty of fuel there is plenty of
steam.
In taking your stand for a ***8220;bout***8221; with the
gloves, let the body lean a little bit forward
from the hips. Have all the muscles loose.
Put the left side forward. Do not stand with
your body square to your opponent: it gives
him a wider target to hit and does not allow
you the swing of the body and shoulders which
you need in order to strike a good blow.
Hold your shoulders down, the left one
particularly. This gives you length of reach
and ease of arm movement. Keep your left
arm out, but not straight. Always have your
elbows bent a little. A perfectly straight arm
is easily hurt. If the arm is bent a little at the
elbow it gives it strength and quickness of
action.
Swing your body with the waist as a pivot.
Do not have it ***8220;set;***8221; that is, held rigid.
Always keep it swinging, not so hard as to tire
you, but so that it is ever ready to start in anydirection. The body can start much quicker if
it be moving than if it be still.

McGoorty
10-09-2011, 11:18 AM
Getting Away from Attack
A boxer with his shoulders about his ears
and his body held rigid cannot move quickly.
When you jump back from an attack do not
alter the position of your body; in other
words, go back with the body held in the same
manner as when you began to spar. The
reason for this is, that when you land away, on
your feet, you are still in a position for either
attack or defense should your opponent follow
you.
The man who would evade an onslaught by
thrusting back his head and body so that he
is almost falling backward is all wrong. His
adversary could follow the attack and easily
have the ***8220;backward***8221; man at his mercy.
Fill the Lungs
When boxing, keep your stomach in and
your chest out; not stiffly, but naturally. It
may be awkward at first, but you will soon
l learn how easy it is and wonder how you ever
stood any other way.By keeping the stomach in and the chest full
of air you enjoy all the lung strengthening
benefits of boxing and keep the stomach out of
harm***8217;s way. That part of the body is always
a point of attack and should be protected.
I will next tell how to hold the hands while
boxing.

McGoorty
10-09-2011, 11:20 AM
CHAPTER XII
POSITIONS FOR THE HANDS
IN my last chapter I told how to hold the
body while boxing. The position of the body
plays a most important part in the art of selfdefense.
Now, that you have learned the
correct way of holding the body, I shall tell
you how to hold the hands.
In boxing never have the muscles ***8220;set***8221; and
tense. Always have all the muscles of the
arms and body and legs loose and ready for
action. Hold your hands open. Never close
your fist, except at the moment when you land
a blow. The reason for this is plain: holding
your fist closed strains the muscles of the
forearm and uses up a certain part of your
strength unnecessarily. Always remember
that you should never use any physical force
until the moment arrives when you need it.
Do not have your muscles strained and rigid.
Keep everything loose. It is easy to do so,
and the best exhibition always comes from aman who is not musclebound.
In landing a
blow remember this particular piece of advice:
never hit with the thumb. Always keep the
thumb up, and when you land a punch have
the impact and your opponent***8217;s head in such
relation that your hand will not be injured;
that is, use the first two knuckles of the hand.
In hitting a blow never close the hand until
the blow is landed. The reason for this is that
it strains the muscles of the forearm and tires
the boxer needlessly. Holding the hands open
not only relieves the muscles from any unnecessary
strain, but keeps a wider space of
glove always ready to defend from attack.
Now, in stopping a blow there is a wrong
and a right way. Always turn the palm of the
glove outward in stopping a blow. Keep the
hand open. This presents a larger surface to
the glove of your opponent and will do more
to prevent his blow from landing than if your
fist was closed.
In guarding always keep your elbows close
to your sides. This takes in the benefit of
i the forearm, and if the glove be held close to
the face all that side of the body is protected.
Never land a punch without having the blockready to meet the counter. Every time you
start a punch remember that your opponent
intends to come back with another punch.
The particular art of the game is to land
a blow without a return; but every time you
make an attack you render yourself liable
to an offensive demonstration from the man
with whom you are sparring.
One of the best uses of the hands in boxing
is not to use them. When a blow is struck the
proper way to avoid it is not to stop it with the
hand or forearm, but to ***8220;slip***8221; it. By ***8220;slipping***8221;
a blow, I mean that you should get away
from it in such a manner that no part of your
opponent***8217;s arm touches you. This is known as
***8220;ducking***8221; and ***8220;sidestepping.***8221;
For instance,
if your sparring partner swings his right for
the side of your face, lower your head and let
the blow go over. Do not ***8220;duck***8221; in toward
him. Let your head go under the blow and
away from it to the side. This prevents your
opponent from landing an uppercut,
which he
would do if you were close enough to him.
Always remember that the hands are a
most important factor in boxing. Never land
a blow that will hurt the hands. When youlead a straight punch, keep the thumb up.
When you swing, always keep the knuckles
up. A blow is landed with the first two
knuckles of the hand.
There is another thing to tell a young man
if he wants to succeed in boxing: Take your
chance when you see it, and hit from where
your hand is.
Why do I win fights? Because I see the
chance when it comes, and I take it.
Every little while a man leaves himself open,
but it is only for a second***8212;it is not even a
second, it is less than the tenth part of a
second. You must seize that chance and strike
the instant you see the opening.
The foolish fighter draws back his hand to
hit harder, but by the time he has drawn his
arm back the man has protected himself, and
the chance is gone.
What I say to young men, and what I say to
everybody, is this: Do just what I do. If you
want to make a success in life, always hit when
you see the chance; do not draw your arm
back; hit from where your hand is, and you have
got him. That is my motto. It is no trouble
to whip your opponent when you use that.

McGoorty
10-09-2011, 11:22 AM
CHAPTER XIII
HOW TO LAND BLOWS
HAVING learned how to use the feet, hands,
and body, I will now explain how some of the
blows used in boxing are struck. I will not
show you all the blows in this lesson. It would
take more than a chapter to show them all.
You have not forgotten that the feet must
be held apart, with the left leg before the right
and the left knee bent a little. Also, that the
weight of the body rests on the right leg. You
remember what I told you about keeping the
muscles free and easy, and not held stiffly. All
this is important in striking a blow.
It is not only the hand and arm that are
used in striking; the legs, body, and shoulders
also come into play. There used to be an old
idea of striking with the arm working like the
pistonrod
of an engine. In storybooks
the
hero always knocks down the villain with a
blow ***8220;straight from the shoulder.***8221;
That is all changed now. A blow to have
force must have the "send" of the legs andthe swing of the body with it. A straight
blow has not the telling force of a swing. This
is because the swing has all the weight of the
body behind it.
A Simple Blow
An important blow is the straight left lead
for the face. It is a simple blow and easily
landed. But it is not one of the hard raps in
boxing.
To deliver a straight left lead watch your
chance when the other has his guard low.
Step in quickly. Swing the left shoulder
forward from the hip, at the same time sending
the arm out in a straight line. As the arm
goes out shut the fist. Keep the palm of the
hand turned inward and partly downward so
that the top knuckles will strike.
While you are striking you must not forget
that your opponent may strike you at the same
time. Therefore, you must learn how to prevent
him. I will tell you how to do this in a
future lesson.

McGoorty
10-10-2011, 12:08 PM
Will Confuse a Boxer
The straight lead has many uses. It will
confuse a boxer so that he cannot tell what todo. A good time to send in this blow is when
your opponent starts a swing at you.
A straight lead in the face will stop many a
hard swing before it can land. It will also go
through an open guard when a swing would be
warded off.
The best time to send in a straight blow is
when your opponent is coming toward you.
This lends added force to the stroke. Beside,
it may stop the other***8217;s rush.
In landing this blow I told you to send the
arm out in a straight line. I do not mean that
you should straighten the arm entirely. Have
the elbow bent a little, as this prevents a strain
at this point. If the arm be straightened out
there may be a snap at the elbow, and an
injury there is almost impossible to cure.
Always be careful not to injure your arms or
hands when striking. It sometimes happens
that a blow does more harm to the boxer who
delivers it than to the one who receives it.
A straight right lead is like one with the left
hand, only, of course, the right is used. In this
lead the right leg is brought a little forward,
adding its swing to the force of the blow. This
stroke is not so often used as the left lead.The reason for this is that the right glove is
so much further away from its intended mark.
Then, again, the right arm is used more for
a guard and for heavy swinging. Now we
come to the swing.
One of the Best Blows
The righthand
swing, when rightly delivered,
is one of the best blows in boxing. It is
hard to land, as it travels in a halfcircle
and
has a long distance to go. This makes it easy
to avoid or stop.
In landing this punch wait until you get your
opponent***8217;s guard low. You can do this by
making believe to hit him in the body. Then,
when you think you have the opening, drop
your right hand down and back with the elbow
bent so that the forearm and upper arm are
almost at right angles. From this position
throw your arm in a halfcircle
up and over to
the side of your opponent***8217;s head.
Close your fist while the blow is travelling.
Keep the palm of the glove up and down in a
line with the body. As the blow starts swing
the right leg and all the right side of the body
with it. Just as it is landing stiffen the armand push the shoulder forward, turning the
body at the hips. The force of the blow should
not be ended the moment it lands. Keep it
going: it will have more effect that way.
The first two knuckles of the hand should
land the blow. If you throw your palm down
and hit with the thumb you are liable to break
it even with the protection of a glove.
The left swing is made with the left hand in
the same manner as the right swing, only the
position of the legs is not changed. It does
not have as much force as the right swing,
because it does not get a like shift of the body
with it. But it is easier to land, as it travels
a shorter distance.

McGoorty
10-10-2011, 12:10 PM
CHAPTER XIV
COURAGE THE KEYNOTE OF A BOXER***8216;S
SUCCESS
Lack of Selfconfidence
Often Contributes to the
Defeat of a Good Fighter
THIS is a lesson on courage. There is no
trait of character which a boxer needs more
than this. Courage of the highest order***8212;not
only physically, but morally***8212;is essential to
success as a pugilist. I say ***8220;as a pugilist,***8221;
because it is in that direction that my experience
lies. However, I have learned that this
question of moral as well as physical courage
is really the keynote to success.
There never was a boxing champion, or a
champion, in fact, in any line of sports, who was
a coward. They have all been fearless, and in
nearly every instance morally superior men.
Their sense of right and wrong has been as
keenly developed as has their physical superiority.
They have not only felt their power ofmastery over their less fortunate fellowmen,
but they have been possessed of the moral
courage that comes with the knowledge of
right.
It is courage that tells in every walk of life.
This it is that leads the gallant soldier to
victory; that carries the stouthearted
cycle
champion under the wire. a winner. The
courageous man knows not the word ***8220;failure.***8221;
His password is ***8220;victory,***8221; and his golden rule
reads, ***8220;Be sure you are right, then go ahead.***8221;
The boy who is learning to box must be
courageous. He must not know the word
fear. It is not physical strength, or even the
cleverness that comes to an expert boxer, that
wins battles. It is moral courage. If a boxer
be ever so clever, be he ever so strong, he
cannot win battles unless he is courageous.
And he cannot be courageous unless he has
the moral strength of ***8220;right.***8221;
Take ***8220;Right***8221; and pit it against ***8220;Might,***8221;
and in nine instances out of ten ***8220;Right***8221; will
score the victory. So be sure you are right
before you go ahead.
Another element that contributes largely to
the success of a boxer is selfconfidence.
If aman is not selfconfident
he cannot hope to
win battles. I have noticed in my experience
in the ring how often a boxer will be defeated
simply owing to lack of selfconfidence.
Men
whom I have met and defeated in a round or
two have gone out a few weeks or months
later and put up wonderful fights.

McGoorty
10-10-2011, 12:13 PM
Won in Other Battles
These men have taken blows and received
punishment which I never dreamed of inflicting
upon them, and come out of those battles
victorious. In their contests with me they
simply lacked confidence. I had gained a
reputation as a hardhitter
and winner of
battles, and it was therefore lack of moral selfreliance
that defeated these men as soon as
landed a few blows. The blows I gave them
had neither the speed nor the force of those
which the same men took unflinchingly from
men of no reputation. Therefore, do not forget
that you must be morally courageous
before you can hope to win battles in the
struggle of life. There is no better moral in
the world to follow than this, ***8220;Be sure you
are right, then go ahead.***8221;CHAPTER XV
HOW THE HEAVY MAN SHOULD TRAIN AND
FIGHT
THE big men often do not know how to handle
themselves when in a light, so I will tell them.
The greatest mistake that big men make is
in spending so much of their time in doing all
kinds of work to develop their muscles and
wind and hitting powers, and so little in studying
out the tricks of the game. Any big,
heavy athlete has an immense advantage, if he
wants to become a boxer, right at the start.
He has the power; all he lacks is the knowledge
how to use it to the best advantage. I
will give him three rules to follow:
Be aggressive.
Do not be careless.
Remember that you have the punch.
Your natural strength and weight are
enough to put you on the aggressive at all
times. You are not like a little, weak chap
who is forced to keep away from his opponent
and protect himself Your mere weight isbound to give you the upper hand over an
opponent if you keep boring in at him. But
at the same time you must not let this idea of
forcing matters make you careless. It is so
easy to fight in a slipshod, careless fashion.
And it is just as easy for the other fellow to
suddenly reach out and hit you a blow that
puts you down and out when he catches you
in one of your careless moods.
The idea of ***8220;taking a punch for the opportunity
to give one***8221; is all right if you are
careful to see that the punch which you ***8220;take***8221;
does not land on a vital spot.
As to the next item in a big man***8217;s fighting
schedule***8212;his ability to give a punch that will
bring down his man***8212;too much attention
cannot be given to his education upon this
line.
He is built upon lines that give him a
natural advantage for sending in a hard blow.
He should cultivate his ability in this line,
and study out how he can land the hardest
blow.
Remember you have weight to add speed
to the blow if you only throw it behind your
arm.Do not waste your energy and strength in
hitting lightly; study well just where to land
the blow, and when you hit do it with all the
strength and force and weight you can muster.
Just as your fist strikes your opponent***8217;s
body, set your arm rigid and throw your weight
against it.
When you have knocked your opponent
down do not rush at him as soon as he is on
his feet.
Take your time. Feint him once or twice,
thus confusing him. Then he will probably
leave an opening, and you can administer the
knockout without danger to yourself.
l have seen men unduly eager to finish an
opponent whom they have knocked down or
dazed, rush into the fight, only to receive a wild
swing on the jaw and meet defeat just at the
moment when the battle was all in their hands
***8212;because of failure to defend themselves.

McGoorty
10-10-2011, 12:16 PM
Points for the Big Fighter to Remember
Do not fight on the defensive; be aggressive.
Keep cool at all times.
Do not get careless, particularly when you
think you are winning.Remember that your weight gives you a
great advantage.
Use this weight to add greater force to your
blows.
Put in every blow as if you meant it to be
the last.CHAPTER XVI
THE WAY TO STRIKE A HARD BLOW
Muscles of the Shoulders Play the Most
Prominent Part in Landing a
Knockout
***8220;How can I learn to strike a hard blow?***8221;
That is a question that is asked of me
frequently by both young and middleaged
men, so I am going to tell them. There is
neither trick nor art worth mentioning in striking
a hard blow. The mere landing of a hard
blow, be it on the face, head, or body, is not a
question of skill. It is strength, and nothing
but strength, that sends in the blows which are
commonly called ***8220;hard.***8221;
Way Anyone Can Learn to Hit Hard
For this reason anybody can learn to hit
hard. If it took skill, there might be some
people who would not be able to master the
trick well enough to land the blow. But theredoes not live the man, woman, or child, be they
moderately healthy, who cannot, with sufficient
patience and exercise, bring themselves finally
to a point where they can land a truly hard
blow.
The muscles of the shoulders play the most
important part in the delivery of a hard blow.
Take any boxer who has finely developed back
and shoulder muscles and you will find that he
is a stout hitter. No matter how weak his
biceps and forearm muscles may be, in comparison
with those of his shoulders and back,
if the latter have the power he will be what
is commonly known as a ***8220;knockerout.***8221;
Of course, it is to one***8217;s advantage to have
welldeveloped
biceps and forearms, as this will
add to the compactness and solidity of the
blow.Muscles Mast Easily Developed
There are no muscles of the body that are
more readily developed than those of the
shoulders, back, and arms. A rubber exerciser,
such as can easily be fastened upon any doorframe,
a light pair of dumbbells,
and regular
breathing exercises will accomplish the object.Like every other kind of exercise, however,
regularity counts for everything. Ten or
fifteen minutes***8217; work in the morning, a short,
stiff walk, a dozen full, deep breaths, forcing
the air down into the stomach and out again
through the nose, and the same routine at
night, will soon endow you with the power of
hard hitting. But you must pursue such a
course of training with preciseness and regularity
to secure the desired result.
Punching the bag is the best exercise for
developing the shoulders, back, and arms. It
is the primary school of hard punching. Every
muscle of the body is brought into play. It
trains the eye and schools the brain to act
quickly. You gain in both delivery and defense.

McGoorty
10-12-2011, 11:26 AM
CHAPTER XVII
THE PLAN FOR AN AMATEUR’S SUCCESSFUL
ENCOUNTER
ALL amateur boxers are inclined to be
nervous. This is a fault. The best way to cure
it is to do all the boxing you can with men
whom you know you can best, but men who
will give you a hard battle. Take your lessons
from a competent professional teacher.
After boxing a while with men to whom the
gloves and the ring are as familiar as their
daily meals, the amateur game will seem like
child’s play to you. That is one hint for you.
Now for another. Be sure you go into the
ring in good physical condition. Get your
stomach “right” and keep it “right.” Be
careful not to catch cold. There must have
been no training on hot birds and cold bottles;
no theatre parties, late suppers, or cotillons.
When you step into the centre of the ring
do not rush blindly at your man. I have seen
many amateurs do that. If the other fellow comes at you that way stick out your left hand
as hard and as often as you can, and jab him
in the face. If things go quietly, however, you
should feel your opponent out well. Use your
cleverness to the best of your ability to confuse
him. If you are successful in that then comes
the time to be aggressive. jab him, if you can,
with your left. Failing this, send in both
hands, straight from the shoulder, to his face
and head. Keep at this until you get his
guard up. If he finds you fighting at his head
all the time he will forget to protect his
stomach and wind.
When he forgets, the time has come for you
to get in your fine work. Watch your opportunity
well, and when the proper moment
comes step in as close to him as you can,
and a little to one side, and strike with
your left or right hand, whichever is convenient,
hard in his solar plexus. Throw every
pound of your weight behind the blow, put all ***8729;
your strength in it, and pivot slightly on your
foot as it lands.
If you execute the blow properly, it is almost
certain to score a knockout. CHAPTER XVII
THE FAMOUS BLOWS OF ROBERT FITZSIMMONS
Photographed During a Boxing Bout with
George Dawson, Physical Instructor
of the Chicago Athletic Club Bad luck,,, If You Want the Photos.. well you'll just have to download the book eh ??

McGoorty
10-12-2011, 11:28 AM
next up folks .......chapter xx
the heavyweight
championship battle
by thomas t. Williams

McGoorty
10-13-2011, 02:40 PM
CHAPTER XX
THE HEAVYWEIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE
BY THOMAS T. WILLIAMS
THE fight began at 12.05 o***8217;clock, on March
17, 1897, with all the preliminaries, pomp, and
frippery of a dress parade. All the fancies of
pugilism were aired in the men***8217;s respective
corners. Only one thing was omitted, the
customary handshake, that old fiction used
under the English law to suggest that it
was only a test of endurance and skill and
not of malice.
***8220;I will shake hands with Fitzsimmons when
he has whipped me,***8221; said Corbett to me on the
occasion of that memorable meeting on the
highroad,
and in an hour from the time the
fight began he kept his word.
Fitzsimmons earned that handshake. He
fought his fight like a game man; he fought it
his own way; he fought it uphill against odds
which, in the fifth round, could only have beenrepresented by 10 to 1. He fought for his
life; he fought for his wife, who cheered him
by her presence, and he received blows that
would have reduced any other man now before
the public to subjection in much less time than
this fight lasted.
To say that the unexpected happened would
not be true. It was the expected that happened.
We all expected to see Corbett have
the best of the fight right along, emerge from
the ring practically unmarked, and win the fight
unless Fitzsimmons got in one punch. Corbett
was looking for that punch himself, his seconds
were looking for it, and yet Fitzsimmons was
able to catch him off his guard long enough to
plant the blow that reversed all ring form, and
U that made a middleweight
champion over the
best heavyweight
of the century and won the
Australian a fortune.
To describe the fight in the language of the
ring would convey but little meaning to those
who have not devoted the whole of their lives to
pugilistic phraseology. The hooks and counters,
leads and swings, clinches and pushes, and
all that sort of thing can be seen on the
kinetoscope at five cents a peep. I did not seethem. I saw the fight as a whole, but not in
I its details. I happened to see the blow in the
stomach that ended it, and a few other critical
ones, but the grand mixture of attack and
defense was lost.
I saw a face that will haunt me until time
has effaced it from my memory. It was a
mixture of pathos and tragedy. There was
no savagery in it, but some intelligence.
There was a leer and a grin and a look of
patient suffering and dogged courage. It was
the face of a brave man fighting an uphill
fight, with lip torn and bleeding, nostrils
plugged with coagulated blood, ears torn and
swollen, eyes halfclosed
and blinking in the
sunlight, with every line and muscle drawn to
the angle of suffering, but withal watchful,
intent, and set.
Fitzsimmons***8217; face was not cruel or passionate,
but was clear, and never once did he lose
his hope of success, his watchfulness over his
opponent, his waiting for an opening. It was
one face from the time that first blood was
claimed and allowed in the fifth round until
the victory was in his hands. You cannot compare
it with anything, for there is not anotherhuman countenance like Fitzsimmons***8217; when he
is lighting against odds.

McGoorty
10-13-2011, 02:43 PM
Corbett had the crowd. It was plain from
the start that on this St. Patrick***8217;s day an IrishAmerican
had the sympathies of the people
against the Englishman who came here by way
of the Antipodes. Then, too, the crowd was
largely from Corbett***8217;s home in San Francisco;
and California, though not always true to her
native sons, did send her best wishes to
Corbett that day. The cries of ***8220;Good boy,
Jim!***8221; were heard whenever Corbett made a
hit. Fitzsimmons answered these with a look
that said, ***8220;Wait and see whether you want to
shout for Corbett after the finish.***8221; The look
was not due to intention***8212;Fitzsimmons***8217; purpose
evidently being to smile***8212;but when one***8217;s
lips are an inch away from the teeth and one***8217;s
nose is reduced to a pulp the finish of a smile
is hard to guess.
Corbett***8217;s face changed during the fight.
The change came at the end of the tenth
round, when, much to the surprise of everyone,
Fitzsimmons was still in the ring, and
Corbett, too wise to go in and finish him, was
wondering why the Australian took so muchpounding. The high, proud look of confidence
that had marked Corbett***8217;s appearance from the
beginning suddenly gave place to an appearance
of exhausted vitality and doubt. He
found himself with less energy than he expected,
and he could not understand why that
bruised and battered piece of flesh in front of
him, which bore so little resemblance to
humanity, continued to face him. A minute
before that look came over Corbett, odds of
10 to 1 on him would have found no takers.
A minute after wise ringgoers
were whispering,
***8220;The champion is losing his steam,***8221; and
Bill Naughton, monotonously counting off the
blows to a stenographer, said, ***8220;Jim is gone.***8221;
There was such a story told by the ashen grayness
of Corbett***8217;s face that things brightened
in Fitzsimmons***8217; corner, and Delaney looked as
though he would like to cry. From that time
on there were two men in the fight. Corbett,
unhurt, but not confident; Fitzsimmons,
bruised and beaten and torn and bloody, but
waiting for his chance.
Going back to the beginning, there is not
much to tell of the first two rounds. The
boxing was light, Corbett endeavoring to hitand get away without return, and Fitzsimmons
simply waiting. In the second round, after
Fitzsimmons had received a few blows in the
face, he grew more aggressive, and, driving
Corbett into his corner, attempted to punch
him, but the big champion laughed and ducked
and got out of what seemed to be a very tight
place. It was ***8220;Good boy, Jim!***8221; all over the
ring, and, ***8220;Good boy, Jim!***8221; again when
Corbett landed twice in Fitzsimmons***8217; stomach
with blows that might have been dangerous
had Fitzsimmons been the least out of condition.
It was noticeable that Corbett could
hit and hit and generally get away from Fitzsimmons***8217;
returns. The confident air became
more confident and the applause from the
Californians more general.
In the third round the spectators had a
chance to see who had the best of the clinches,
which were frequent. Fitzsimmons would try
little jabbing hits that reached Corbett***8217;s neck
or body and did no harm. Corbett seemed to
think clinches were his best time for a knockout
blow, but it is not easy to knock out a
man whose head, like a turtle***8217;s, has a habit of
ducking in between two enormous masses ofmuscle, and its only presentation a side view.
Whenever Corbett had attempted a heavy
blow and failed, and sometimes when he did
not fail, Fitzsimmons would lay his head over
Corbett***8217;s shoulder and smile at the southwest
corner.
In the fourth round it looked like a fight,
and all around I could hear the enthusiastic
sports saying, ***8220;Oh!***8221; and ***8220;Ah!***8221; and smacking
their lips over the stiff blows that Corbett
sent into Fitzsimmons***8217; face and body. They
were not knockout blows, but blows at about
halfstrength,
delivered with the arm stiff and
were meant to hurt and not to kill.
Fitzsimmons soon showed the effects of
them. His face began to swell, and he would
lie on Corbett***8217;s shoulder as though in the hope
of obtaining some respite from the punching,
which was annoying. Corbett grew confident
as this round progressed, and went to his I
corner as happy as a boy. It was ***8220;Good boy,
Jim!***8221; and ***8220;Punch his head off!***8221; and ***8220;Knock
the Australian***8217;s head off!***8221; but only one man
said ***8220;Take your time, Fitzsimmons!***8221; Corbett
looked like a winner then, and he looked like a
winner all through the fifth round, when hedrew first blood from Fitzsimmons***8217; lip, and
Siler allowed the claim which Billy Delaney
promptly made.

McGoorty
10-13-2011, 02:45 PM
I began to feel sorry for Mrs. Fitzsimmons
then, and wished she was not there.
She was anxious and Fitzsimmons was distressed,
and Martin Julian***8217;s face bore all kinds
of woe. Little Roeber was thoughtful for the
first time this year, and Dan Hickey suffered
as much as his chief.
In Corbett***8217;s corner, how different! Delaney,
calm and confident; Donaldson, a trifle jubilant;
Billy Woods and ***8220;Kid***8221; Egan both
smiling, and occasionally turning around to
remark to some spectator, ***8220;Six rounds.***8221;
The blood seemed to arouse Corbett***8217;s
temper, and he went at Fitzsimmons with more
determination than he had shown before. He
hit him time and again, and I could see Mrs.
Fitzsimmons wince, right across the ring.
There were words of sympathy, too, for her in
the sixth round, when, after the clinch, Corbett
landed a tremendous blow that brought Fitzsimmons
to his knees, sent the blood spurting
from his nose, and distorted his face almost
beyond recognition. Everybody wonderedwhether Fitzsimmons would recover, but the
ninth second found him on his feet and still
fighting. Again and again Corbett hit him
until his own gloves were covered with blood
from Fitzsimmons***8217; face, and his body was
smeared a glaring crimson from the same
source.
Smiling, confident, and erect, Corbett poked
at his now crouching adversary. Someone in
his corner said: ***8220;Look out, Jim, he is kidding.
Do not go near him. He is foxy.***8221; Who
knows but that remark gave Fitzsimmons the
championship. There was no deception in
that bruised face, no foxiness in the eyes that
were drawn down to tiny points, showing
nothing but patience and determination.
The services of the seconds at the end of the
round made Fitzsimmons presentable, and the
minute was a grateful rest to him. When he
came up he began his hard hitting, and the
spectators thought he had determined to finish
the fight right there or go to the floor. But
no. When he found his blows did not reach
the clever man in front of him, he changed his
tactics and waited, taking the punishment that
came to him as gamely and as doggedly as abulldog would take a beating***8212;and still there
was nothing savage about him. He would
punch, and Corbett allowed him to land once
to feel his blow. It was feeble, and we all
looked for a finish then. We expected to see
Corbett dash in and knock his head back, as
the crowd advised. A righthand
swing from
Fitzsimmons, which missed him, madehim
change his mind and keep away***8212;at least that
is what it seemed to me.
The eighth round was sickening. Face
smashes and body blows, punches in the neck
and punches under the heart were Fitzsimmons***8217;
portion. It would have all been over but for
his gameness. The betting men were almost
ready to cash in their Corbett tickets.

McGoorty
10-13-2011, 02:47 PM
So, also, in the ninth round, he was hit and
hit and hit again. Fitzsimmons would put his
face over Corbett***8217;s shoulder and hang for
respite. ***8220;Why doesn***8217;t that game fellow quit?***8221;
people asked. But the game fellow hit when
he could and hugged a little, and when his
portion became too much to bear he would
swing his right, though out of distance, to keep
his larger opponent away. At the end of the
ninth round Corbett laughed, and his secondswere happy. It was all over but the finishing,
and the finishing was to be done right away.
But somehow or another Fitzsimmons did not
look quite so bad when his face was washed
and sponged and his wind was cleared, and
Corbett wondered at the change that came
over him. Why, the man was getting stronger
under the terrific beating, and, incredible as it
may seem, he was the stiffest puncher in this
round. Not that he hurt Corbett, but he
worried him and made him doubtful and
wonder who it was, and it was then that the
doubt came into Corbett***8217;s heart and the gray
look into his face. But he, too, was game, and
I began to sympathize with him. Fitzsimmons
was anything but a beaten man in the eleventh
round. He was growing stronger and Corbett***8217;s
wind was none too good. Fitzsimmons
grew confident and pushed the champion and
poked him into his corner and landed good
and hard on his face, and punched him, and
then Corbett rallied and hit back, and I saw
the hardest and fastest fighting I have ever
seen in the ring. It was ***8220;Game boy, Fitzsimmons!***8221;
while the Corbett men looked grave,
and the crowd, who scented the coming changeof championships, began to yell for Fitzsimmons.
Even then it was anything but all
over.
There was no denying Corbett***8217;s courage,
and when the twelfth round began he was
full of fight, and led and led, until Fitzsimmons
went in to smash, and caught him twice on the
jaw on the breakaway. Then Corbett missed
his chance. There had been a clinch and rally,
and Fitzsimmons had got the worst of it. He
went back after the clinch, and for a second
his arms hung helpless. What a chance for an
uppercut. Corbett saw it, but a tenth of a
second too late. Dash went his right hand,
upward and outward, missing Fitzsimmons***8217;
chin by an inch and losing the fight***8212;the
nearest miss for so much money one is likely
to see. Then we felt sorry for Corbett again,
and Delaney whispered caution and told him
to fight the man to a finish in his own way, and
the thirteenth round passed without much
difference.
***8220;Fight the fellow to a finish; whip him in
your own way,***8221; was Delaney***8217;s warning to
Corbett as the fourteenth round began. The
veteran second looked anxious. He could seethat Fitzsimmons was anything but whipped.
His eye and ear told him that Corbett was P
becoming slightly tired. He felt confident that
Corbett could win if he saved himself. It was
clear that he was the cleverer man and unhurt,
while Fitzsimmons***8217; face was battered to a pulp.
But no man can fight another***8217;s battle. It was
Corbett who had to do the fighting.
There were a few exchanges, and then I saw
what I do not want to see again. I saw Fitzsimmons***8217;
left hand go smash into Corbett***8217;s
stomach just as though it had gone into butter,
and I saw Fitzsimmons***8217; right hand reach the
point of Corbett***8217;s jaw. Then Corbett sank to
his knees in the western corner of the ring
holding on to the ropes for support; his eyes
absolutely turned upward until none of the
pupil was visible. His face was white. He
was not unconscious in the sense of being
entirely benumbed, but his limbs refused to
respond to the demands made upon them.

McGoorty
10-13-2011, 02:51 PM
Time was up. The champion was out.
Where was Nevada***8217;s boasted police force
then? Surely they were wanted. Where were
the Pinkerton fighting men and the braves
from the border? I would like to have thesequestions answered. There were none of them
I around the ring, where they should have been,
keeping order; and the threat of death to the
man who crossed the ropes proved to be but
an idle bluff. The ring was half***8729;full in twenty
seconds. I noted the time. Corbett was upon
his feet again, halfdelirious,
and, dashing at
Fitzsimmons, who had been called back by his
seconds, Corbett gave his conqueror a blow in
the face that might have killed him.
Plucky little Roeber jumped into the melee.
I saw Joe Corbett hitting indiscriminately.
Everything was confusion. Spectators tried to
find out what was the matter. There were
cries of ***8220;Foul!***8221; Corbett***8217;s hand was on his
stomach, pointing to the place where he had
been hit, and Siler, cool, contained, and nervy
despite the crush, said: ***8220;No foul. Fitzsimmons
knocked him out fairly with a
stomach punch, and Fitzsimmons wins.***8221;
After the round was finished it was fully two
minutes before the spectators knew what the
decision was. I made inquiry immediately
around the ring, and could only find three men
who knew, or thought they knew, what had
happened. They were Billy Madden, GeorgeSiler and William Muldoon. Now everyone
knows all about it.
At the time it occurred but few people saw
the blow and fewer still realized exactly what
I they had seen. What I saw was a righthand
reach, from which Corbett drew his head and
upper body back. It was a feint to give
Fitzsimmons his coveted chance. Then I saw
Fitzsimmons***8217; left hand fly into Corbett***8217;s
stomach. Corbett was facing me, and I saw
him flinch and his lips form as if to make a
sound. As he came forward I saw Fitzsimmons
strike him with his right hand on the jaw,
not what I think was a dangerous blow; nor do
I think that the righthand
blow had anything
to do with ending the ***8220;bout.***8221; I say I saw
these things. That is certainly what I marked
on the piece of paper in front of me, and it is
certainly what is fixed in my mind; but others,
as competent as myself and with as good eyes,
reverse the blows and make the righthand
punch the stomach blow and the left hand on
the jaw.
When doctors disagree perhaps the patient
may be permitted to tell his story, and I for
one am contented to leave this to Fitzsimmons,who tells his own story in another chapter, and
who, I am certain, knows exactly what occurred.
I say ***8220;certain,***8221; because in watching him I saw
that he knew what he was doing. The moment
he landed his face told the story of a
successful general***8217;s clever coup. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NEXT CHAPTER is Tops ; this a preview CHAPTER XXI
THE HEAVYWEIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE
BY ROBERT FITZSIMMONS -------- ANY COMMENTS BLOKES ???

Juof
10-13-2011, 06:06 PM
going to bookmark this is there a way i can get a pdf online or something?

McGoorty
10-13-2011, 06:22 PM
going to bookmark this is there a way i can get a pdf online or something?
Sure mate.... Try This thread link..... there is a choice of links for that, and other great books for free download... once there you'll have a ball. http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/showthread.php?t=513351

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:15 AM
CHAPTER XXI
THE HEAVYWEIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE
BY ROBERT FITZSIMMONS
WHEN I entered the ring I tipped the beam
at one hundred and fiftysix
and onehalf
pounds, while Mr. Corbett weighed one hundred
and eightyseven
pounds. Before the
fight my opponent acknowledged over his
signature that he was in fit condition to make
the fight of his life. Well, he made it, and so
did I. He is a big, strong, clever fellow, but
from the moment I saw him standing before
me, trembling with anxiety to begin, I saw the
expression of uncertainty in his eyes. I saw
his legs tremble as he stood there like a young
cub lion, waiting to spring at me.
At the call of time I had collected all my
coolness; had settled myself to meet him in
any variety of onslaught he chose to offer, and
felt certain that if he whipped me he would
have to do part of the work. I remember distinctly
the way he leaped from the arms of hissecond; how his arms quivered as he struck a
defensive pose. There was nothing for me to
do at that juncture but to feel him. I saw that
he was not in possession of that confidence
which he boasted, and I was in no sense of the
word disconcerted. I began to frame his weaknesses.
Much to my surprise, he, too, was
curbing his temper, and was not likely to lose
it unless he lost the fight. On that point I was
right, and we will discuss that later.
In the opening of the first round I decided
to meet him halfway
in everything, and toward
the close, when I saw an opening made by his
advances to me, I put my right on him and
broke my thumb. For a moment the pain was
severe, but he had evidently been knocked by
the blow, and his caution gave me plenty of
time to recover. When the gong sounded I
was satisfied that there was something more
than mere inquisitiveness in him. There was a
color of anxiety, and his big eyes danced over
my face and peered into mine as though he
were looking for an answer. I hardly think
my expression told him anything. We came a
little nearer and began to feel the advantages
of the first round, but I saw that he was on thedefensive, and I made up my mind right there
that I would have to go in and take a little
punishment. He was on the verge of going at
me several times in the third round, but I came
at him and sent some hard ones on to his jaw
that put him back a little. But he is a good,
game fellow and stood it well, returning about
as good as I sent, but he was a little more
cautious about ***8220;finishing***8221; me.

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:16 AM
I confess I found it a difficult thing to get to
his head as often as I wished, but therein I
proved my generalship by immediately changing
my tactics and going for his wind. Once I
landed squarely on his mouth, and every time
he opened it to breathe I could see him holding
back that bloodcolored
saliva, in order, I suppose,
to deprive me of the privilege of drawing
first blood. Not for a single instant did I feel
that I was mistaken regarding his intentions.
I knew that he had given up the idea of a
hurricane and was looking for an opening.
Several times I gave it to him merely for the
opportunity I hoped it would present me. He
was quick to take the cue, but he never landed
just as I wanted him to. A tenth of a second
is frequently of the most vital importanceunder those circumstances, and conditions
must be right to put in the finishing touch.
In the fifth round he appeared to take a little
more confidence and set the pace a trifle
livelier than he did before, drawing blood from
my mouth and somewhat exciting the audience
and his various followers. Twice I tried to put
something strong in, but made no tangible
connection. I jolted his head back pretty hard
once or twice. Several times a pained expression
came into his face. Once he looked at
my wife, who sat by the ringside,
and literally
laughed at her, but she retorted, ***8220;You cannot
whip him!***8221; And as the words struck my ears
it came like an encouraging voice out of the
dull murmur and hum and conversation going
on around me, and I said to myself then and
there, as I have often said before, ***8220;It shall
never be the lot of that woman to be the wife
of a defeated husband.***8221; About that time I got
another blow in the mouth, which opened my
lip a little more and the blood began to flow.
I was also bleeding at the nose, but suffered
no inconvenience except when it ran into my
mouth.

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:17 AM
under those circumstances, and conditions
must be right to put in the finishing touch.
In the fifth round he appeared to take a little
more confidence and set the pace a trifle
livelier than he did before, drawing blood from
my mouth and somewhat exciting the audience
and his various followers. Twice I tried to put
something strong in, but made no tangible
connection. I jolted his head back pretty hard
once or twice. Several times a pained expression
came into his face. Once he looked at
my wife, who sat by the ringside,
and literally
laughed at her, but she retorted, ***8220;You cannot
whip him!***8221; And as the words struck my ears
it came like an encouraging voice out of the
dull murmur and hum and conversation going
on around me, and I said to myself then and
there, as I have often said before, ***8220;It shall
never be the lot of that woman to be the wife
of a defeated husband.***8221; About that time I got
another blow in the mouth, which opened my
lip a little more and the blood began to flow.
I was also bleeding at the nose, but suffered
no inconvenience except when it ran into my
mouth. ---------------------------------------------------------The sixth round was especially warm, and Ifound Corbett getting a little wild in his
punches; but when he did hit me they were
heavy ones. Once I slipped while trying to
get away from a lefthand
swing. He stepped
on my foot. I tripped and fell to my knee and
remained in that position seven seconds to
wipe my nose. The referee, at the suggestion
of Mr. Julian, urged Corbett to stand further
away from me until I got on my feet. I was
not in the least bit dazed. Shortly after getting
up the round closed, and I decided to make the
seventh just as lively as he had made the sixth.
It was then that I discovered that his blows
were losing force. He struck less frequently
than before and seemed to be playing for wind.
He did not, however, lose much of his cleverness,
and managed to avoid me up to the
eleventh round.
In the twelfth I saw an occasional smile i
coming to his lips, and mentally congratulated
him on the way he was keeping his temper. I
cannot recall just how many times I missed
him, but I am aware that he ducked several
hooks and clinched me to avoid punishment.
As I retired to my corner at the end of the
twelfth round, my wife, who sat within five feetof me, called out, ***8220;Remember, Robert, the
thirteenth is your lucky round; do not let him
whip you!***8221; When the gong sounded I had
freshened a little and was positive that he had
1 gone his limit, had done the best he could,
and was at my mercy the first bad break he
made. Every time I caught my wife***8217;s eye
she whispered something encouraging, and I
winked and nodded back to her. She was
a greater help to me than many people can
appreciate, and I saw from the expression in
her face what she expected of me. When the
thirteenth round closed I had not effected an
entrance such as I desired, but I had the satisfaction
of knocking out one of his gold teeth,
and perhaps two. He looked awful sorry when
he got that crack, and flushed to the roots of
his hair. I went to my corner at the end of
that time more thoroughly convinced than ever
that it was all up with him, and that the next
round would close the issue.

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:21 AM
When the opportunity came in the beginning
of the fourteenth round Corbett was fighting
a little wild and made a swing which I sidestepped.
In a flash I saw a clean opening on
his stomach and came in with a lefthand
shifton his wind; then, without changing the position
of my feet, shot the same hand against his
jaw, thus giving him the identical blows which
I administered to Sharkey in San Francisco.
There was no way for him to get up in ten
seconds. I was sure I had done the trick, and,
although he made a hard struggle to get on
his feet, he was counted out by the referee,
and the championship honors which I had won
once before were again mine in one of the
fairest fights ever fought in a prizering.
The excitement occasioned by the knockout
upset things greatly, and after I had retired to
my corner, where I stood surrounded by my
friends, receiving their congratulations, I was
suddenly pushed to the east end of the ring,
and the next moment I saw Corbett break from
the arms of his trainers, who were trying to
restrain him, and rush at me.
A dozen men had hold of my hands and
arms, complimenting me, and I was powerless
to defend myself from the blows which, in his
frenzy, he rained upon my neck. He was
ghastly with rage, and the break in his teeth
added nothing to his beauty. With curses on
his lips he threw himself upon me like aman who was possessed with the spirit of a
devil and whose next act would be to destroy
himself. Amazed and dumfounded, I was
almost unable to defend myself and not until
he was pulled away did I realize that he had
done what I had expected of him, and lost his
head and his manners the third time. Finally,
when order was restored, information was
brought to me that he wished to shake hands;
and as I had refused to take his palm, owing to
the incident on the prison road not long before,
and when I considered, also, that I had fought
and won the battle, I decided to show him that I
had still the qualities of a man of courtesy, and
offered him my hand in return. He complimented
me highly, said I was the greatest man
he had ever encountered, that he was whipped
fairly, and that he wanted another ***8220;go***8221; at me.
I told him as politely as I could that I had
fought my last fight, and would never enter the
prizering
again. With that, instead of accepting
my ultimatum as containing a little wisdom,
he retorted that if I did not give him another
chance he would meet me on the street and
beat me to death, or words to that effect, interspersing
his statement with profanity.***8220;If you do, Jim,***8221; I answered, looking him
square in the face, ***8220;I will kill you!***8221;

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:23 AM
I told him this because I meant it, and because
of my wife and my child, whom I love
better than all the world. My only object in
signing for that encounter was to vindicate my
honor and prove that no man ever lived who
could defeat me in a prizefight,
be he great or
small. In the morning before I went to the
arena my wife prayed on her bended knees
that I would be the victor. Had it not been
for the semblance of a hollow mockery to my
God, I would have joined her.
When the gong sounded for the opening of
that fight I made up my mind that if they
carried me out a loser it would be as a dead
man. I submit the facts. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CHAPTER XXII
THE BATTLE WITH GUS RUHLIN
BY W. W. NAUGHTON
A PUNISHING, staggering fight, with the result
in doubt a dozen times. In the sixth
round Fitzsimmons dropped Ruhlin as cold as
an iceberg with the fatal shift. Possibly there
are many in this broad land who do not know
what the fatal shift is. The shift is an assault
used in fighting. It is not always fatal. When
Fitzsimmons uses it, though, it is generally
fatal to championship aspirations.
In order to work the shift to perfection a
fighter has to change his feet with the speed
of lightning. His right foot acts in the dual
capacity of brace and pivot, and every ounce of
strength and weight in his body and limbs
apart from that anchored right foot and leg gives
force to the blow which accompanies the shift.
Fitzsimmons always boxes in such a manner
that it is easy for him to resort to the shift.
He keeps his feet shuffling around, withneither very far in front. His leg motions are
ungainly, but there is a purpose in it all. You
would think sometimes he was a victim of
sciatica, the way his legs drag.
Fitzsimmons a Bundle of Toughened sinews
He looks the ***8220;lean and slippered pantaloon
of pugilism***8221; to those who do not appreciate
his physique. In reality, he is a crouching
bundle of seasoned muscles and toughened
sinews; a hardfisted
fellow, as cold as a fish
and with an eye that notes every move on the
Queensberry chessboard.

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:24 AM
He was all of this in the present fight. He
kept close to Ruhlin, flogging away, and at
times fumbling. His knees were bent on
occasions and his gait wabbly. His bony head
was rocking from the force of the Akron
Giant***8217;s blows in many a round, but there was
never a sign of dizziness about the Cornishman.
My! what a slugging match it was. It
looked as if Fitzsimmons would put aside all
his knowledge of trick and endeavor to win
out in a smashforsmash
fight.
He went close to Ruhlin and began to slug.
Ruhlin struck straight from the shoulder andbeat the Cornishman back to the ropes again
and again. The first was Ruhlin***8217;s round. In
the next round the aspect of things changed.
Fitzsimmons tried the left shift once or twice
with fair success. The most damaging blows
were the left hooks he threw into Ruhlin***8217;s
stomach.
Terrible Clip Set by Both
By the end of the third round the faces of
both men were bruised. They were fighting at
a terrible clip. Fitzsimmons worked the right
cross until welts appeared near Ruhlin***8217;s temple.
Ruhlin***8217;s nose was flattened and his lips puffed.
He was bleeding like the stuck pig of tradition.
He was weak, and so was Fitzsimmons.
Nor did Fitzsimmons***8217; face escape in the
melee. There was a ragged gash alongside
his left eye and shining lumps on his forehead
and temple. Both eyes were black.
Fitzsimmons was the aggressor in every
round. He took Ruhlin***8217;s left full in the face
times without number, and still kept pursuing
the Akron Giant. If Ruhlin is possessed of
the damaging punch his friends speak about
he did not have it with him.In the beginning of the fourth round Fitzsimmons
steadied himself after driving Ruhlin
clear across the ring. Bob was armweary.
Ruhlin, whose plight was equally serious,
urged by a few words of advice whispered
from his corner, Hung his big gloves at the `
Cornishman***8217;s face. Bob bowed his head to
the attack, and Ruhlin***8217;s friends were fooled.
They thought Fitzsimmons was all out and
about to fall.

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 11:28 AM
Bob Was Only Fooling
The Cornishman was simply fooling. He
straightened up with a grin on his countenance
and hammered Ruhlin across the mat, bringing i
him down near the ropes.
The endurance displayed by the two men in
the fifth round was marvellous. For the greater
part of the time there was no attempt at guarding,
and swings, hooks, and straight punches
landed on their faces. Fitzsimmons***8217; blows
were the more telling. Ruhlin appeared to
be weary, but he still swung in a tired way,
hoping by chance to drop his opponent. Near
the end of the round Fitzsimmons showed
more of trickiness than he did at any stage ofthe battle. He dodged and drew away, and it
was evident he was trying to clear the road for
some particular punch.
The opportunity was offered in the sixth
round. Fitzsimmons was on top of Ruhlin
from the first tap of the gong. He hammered
him across the floor and brought him to his
knees.
Ruhlin stood erect again and Fitzsimmons
acted as if intent on backing away. He halted
suddenly and made a bluff motion with his right,
and in his steelblue
eyes was an expression
that might pass for anything from a baby stare
to a look of horror.
Beginning of the End
It gave no indication of what was passing in
his mind. Then came the left shift. His right
foot went forward and his left came back. His
left glove crashed against Ruhlin***8217;s jaw, and
the Akron Giant fell to the ground an inert
mass.
The light was over. It was won by Fitzsimmons
with a combination of hard fighting and
trickiness. He battered Ruhlin to a standstill
inside of four rounds: played with him anotherround, as a cat plays with a mouse, and worked
the shift for all it was worth.
So far as Ruhlin is concerned, the fight
simply served to show that he is a game
fellow and that he can stand a terrible
gruelling. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Coming Up Next......---------------------------------CHAPTER XXIII
THE BATTLE WITH THOMAS SHARKEY
With Running Comments Made by Gus Ruhlin
at the Ringside

McGoorty
10-22-2011, 01:24 PM
Finally,
when order was restored, information was
brought to me that he wished to shake hands;
and as I had refused to take his palm, owing to
the incident on the prison road not long before,
and when I considered, also, that I had fought
and won the battle, I decided to show him that I
had still the qualities of a man of courtesy, and
offered him my hand in return. He complimented
me highly, said I was the greatest man
he had ever encountered, that he was whipped
fairly, and that he wanted another ***8220;go***8221; at me.
I told him as politely as I could that I had
fought my last fight, and would never enter the
prizering
again. With that, instead of accepting
my ultimatum as containing a little wisdom,
he retorted that if I did not give him another
chance he would meet me on the street and
beat me to death, or words to that effect, interspersing
his statement with profanity.***8220;If you do, Jim,***8221; I answered, looking him
square in the face, ***8220;I will kill you!***8221; :cool2::killyou::killyou:

Joeyzagz
10-23-2011, 07:16 AM
No matter how weak his
biceps and forearm muscles may be, in comparison
with those of his shoulders and back,
if the latter have the power he will be what
is commonly known as a “knockerout.”

Damn. Thats how lanky guys like him hit so hard.

Whats the name of this book?

McGoorty
10-24-2011, 07:07 AM
Damn. Thats how lanky guys like him hit so hard.

Whats the name of this book?
It's called "Physical Culture & Self Defence", by, Robert Fitzsimmons.

McGoorty
05-08-2012, 02:13 PM
I proudly BUMP this thread back into existence, surely all true fans of the boxing greats would love this book,,, and I saved ya'll the worry of finding and buying the book, it was in Bob's own words and therefore an all time classic....... if you have read this thread before, read it again and throw some comments in,, and if you haven/t read it, why not ?....... all comments welcome.

rorymac
05-08-2012, 04:36 PM
I proudly BUMP this thread back into existence, surely all true fans of the boxing greats would love this book,,, and I saved ya'll the worry of finding and buying the book, it was in Bob's own words and therefore an all time classic....... if you have read this thread before, read it again and throw some comments in,, and if you haven/t read it, why not ?....... all comments welcome.
I love this one, often come back to it

McGoorty
05-09-2012, 02:35 AM
I love this one, often come back to it
Thanks Rory, I needed that after reading some "comments" on the Tommy Uren thread.

rorymac
05-09-2012, 09:56 AM
Thanks Rory, I needed that after reading some "comments" on the Tommy Uren thread.
Yeah I didn't get that, sometimes the history section can be dry on feedback as it's so empty. Keep sharing though. Do you have anything else like the Bob Fitzsimmons "how-to" stuff?

McGoorty
05-09-2012, 12:22 PM
Yeah I didn't get that, sometimes the history section can be dry on feedback as it's so empty. Keep sharing though. Do you have anything else like the Bob Fitzsimmons "how-to" stuff?
Yes I do have some other threads like that,, Frank Klaus's book on Infighting is an excellent read, as it should be, Klaus was a complete master of infighting, any guy signing to fight Klaus had better of done 1000's of sit ups, crunches and medicine ball work... lol, because they were gonna need em.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I also did one on Daniel Mendoza and others,, thanks for asking, I'm gonna go and bump those threads up for you, besides, I never did read all of them myself and I certainly want to.