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10-16-2011, 10:53 AM
Primary And Secondary REPORTSThe CASE For LES DARCY, Newspaper Reports. This Thread is for people to make up their own minds, I will try to find as many reports on Darcy as I can, in particular for fights where there has been serious debate on. In Response To a Request from Sallywinder.

10-16-2011, 10:56 AM

10-16-2011, 10:57 AM

10-16-2011, 11:00 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=4&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQqQIwAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fselect.nytimes.com%2Fgst%2Fabstra ct.html%3Fres%3DF70814F63E5B17738DDDAB0A94D9415B84 8DF1D3&ei=ueyaTo6GIY6fiAfIi-mrAg&usg=AFQjCNF63g7mf3RsoM-9SbqeUEjEZlzrrA&sig2=D7faEVhWBevPUrPzNdACUA

10-16-2011, 11:01 AM

10-16-2011, 11:01 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=10&sqi=2&ved=0CD4QqQIwCQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3Du18DAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D_igDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D5182% 2C1091188%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Bgus%2Bchristie%26hl %3Den&ei=ueyaTo6GIY6fiAfIi-mrAg&usg=AFQjCNFCGlGb_g2UqcVM7C6ssS3dlnmjRQ&sig2=ROGXcGyCT_vRkGNcbkUYuQ

10-16-2011, 11:03 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=11&ved=0CCsQqQIwADgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DfwMkAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DxxAEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D5085% 2C5483857%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Bgus%2Bchristie%26hl %3Den&ei=K_KaTs6SGufMmAWSldCTAg&usg=AFQjCNH9XGaQqZeYuJHbc48lcLqDx-0ZfA&sig2=Ea_UZtWLfNInU5XQXBotzQ

10-16-2011, 11:08 AM

10-16-2011, 11:13 AM
I included to demonstrate that Mick King beat Christie,.... this is the same Christie who some have claimed that Darcy didn't beat Christie...... as if it was suspicious..... according to Gus only mind,...... and some prefer to believe a beaten fighters word over everyone else.

10-16-2011, 11:16 AM

10-16-2011, 11:18 AM

10-16-2011, 11:21 AM
And a very few have claimed that GEORGE K.O. BROWN.... was hard done by against Darcy. Yet Gus Christie who was fairly well done for by Darcy,,,, beat K.O. Brown....... as you can see in this article.

10-16-2011, 11:28 AM
http://www.google.com/url?url=http://news.google.com/newspapers%3Fid%3D9fsgAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DlXUFAAAAIB AJ%26pg%3D4958,6480199%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie% 2Bmcgoorty%26hl%3Den&rct=j&sa=X&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&sqi=2&ved=0CC4Q-AsoADAA&q=les+darcy+eddie+mcgoorty&usg=AFQjCNGafBy1YHb4_Rrp_uQ78itCDAZxnw

10-16-2011, 11:29 AM
http://www.google.com/url?url=http://news.google.com/newspapers%3Fid%3DIv5gAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DGHQNAAAAIB AJ%26pg%3D657,1513259%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2 Bmcgoorty%26hl%3Den&rct=j&sa=X&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&sqi=2&ved=0CC8Q-AsoATAA&q=les+darcy+eddie+mcgoorty&usg=AFQjCNFLbseiQKXluip9i1yhuYMZmdr_cA

10-16-2011, 11:30 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDIQqQIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DkHILAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D8FMDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D2049% 2C2525141%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&usg=AFQjCNENJvjm5FbSHnno5W4g0jwUExjGGg&sig2=gzEMmZm5wYYFNWCyukmSoA

10-16-2011, 11:30 AM
http://www.google.com/url?url=http://news.google.com/newspapers%3Fid%3DLfwgAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3Dk3UFAAAAIB AJ%26pg%3D6697,264586%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2 Bmcgoorty%26hl%3Den&rct=j&sa=X&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&sqi=2&ved=0CDQQ-AsoADAB&q=les+darcy+eddie+mcgoorty&usg=AFQjCNHoYfV3VC-L7kRP-Nw7o4QP_nC5gw

10-16-2011, 11:31 AM
http://www.google.com/url?url=http://news.google.com/newspapers%3Fid%3DoI5hAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DPv8MAAAAIB AJ%26pg%3D2528,365423%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2 Bmcgoorty%26hl%3Den&rct=j&sa=X&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&sqi=2&ved=0CDUQ-AsoATAB&q=les+darcy+eddie+mcgoorty&usg=AFQjCNEljFlQSD4KYZbTnqdpnx9Oa79B3A

10-16-2011, 11:32 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=3&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQqQIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fselect.nytimes.com%2Fgst%2Fabstra ct.html%3Fres%3DF1071FF9395D16738DDDA00994D9415B85 8DF1D3&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&usg=AFQjCNEVW2vnpAkPCC35S7WsUjvxjVsIQg&sig2=qxF_jk87nQCg6IFj3izOLA

10-16-2011, 11:54 AM

10-16-2011, 11:58 AM
This means the whole fight was in existence on film, many, many people must have seen it in the right speed and undamaged, one person suggested that this fight was,..... ahem, a fix,........... well nobody has ever seemed to cry out,...... not one mention ever.

10-16-2011, 12:09 PM
This means the whole fight was in existence on film, many, many people must have seen it in the right speed and undamaged, one person suggested that this fight was,..... ahem, a fix,........... well nobody has ever seemed to cry out,...... not one mention ever.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=9&sqi=2&ved=0CEcQqQIwCA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3Db6dRAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DD2gDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D3609% 2C5920022%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=gPeaTopwz5iZBeeQyKQC&usg=AFQjCNF_wN_GtTFwXsd14VWsACHJdmZ0vg&sig2=IVCCrzcFnkbKFwKvkDTWpw

10-16-2011, 12:09 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=11&ved=0CCsQqQIwADgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DlDhiAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DAHcNAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D4376% 2C596863%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26h l%3Den&ei=qQCbTu_3EcrrmAWCz***Ag&usg=AFQjCNH9KCamWdu44NwcYa0qLGPIYsz74w&sig2=h_aCrVtuG3P4VfIS4F-sug

10-16-2011, 12:12 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=14&ved=0CDEQqQIwAzgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DrgtkAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3Dy3oNAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D1627% 2C2147164%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=qQCbTu_3EcrrmAWCz***Ag&usg=AFQjCNGxEFVBcI8g1woyvh14wxMlvkhePg&sig2=gHDuuBuACdu6qx4cufAM-g

10-16-2011, 12:29 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=15&ved=0CDMQqQIwBDgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DVCJaAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D1EsNAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D1459% 2C3291152%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=qQCbTu_3EcrrmAWCz***Ag&usg=AFQjCNHgKC9FgNxSX32p4yBGY3Tq_k2yAA&sig2=B-I8aUMsNSA5rjfdMWof9A

10-16-2011, 12:48 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=16&ved=0CDUQqQIwBTgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3D0HQLAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D9VMDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D3614% 2C1678650%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=qQCbTu_3EcrrmAWCz***Ag&usg=AFQjCNE7z7KISZIG4iowkqnTHdgohcov7Q&sig2=__icO4FaBaT1n5_AyqtK-A

10-16-2011, 12:50 PM

10-16-2011, 12:50 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=19&ved=0CDsQqQIwCDgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fselect.nytimes.com%2Fgst%2Fabstra ct.html%3Fres%3DF20E14FE385D16738DDDA10A94DA415B85 8DF1D3&ei=qQCbTu_3EcrrmAWCz***Ag&usg=AFQjCNEN1DQ0YGhyb6l7CTmnFx62Uu4yHQ&sig2=exgD_bjV_LwvOjWhVJFcBA

10-16-2011, 12:52 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=20&ved=0CD0QqQIwCTgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DXhwbAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DUkkEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D3397% 2C3629061%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=qQCbTu_3EcrrmAWCz***Ag&usg=AFQjCNHZ5HGO7P9rQ5SfgfBukw7NGhm_CQ&sig2=7SQkOYlsoKICEwTRnLDJLg

10-16-2011, 12:55 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=25&ved=0CDMQqQIwBDgU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3Dg3ILAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D8FMDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D5415% 2C1292388%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=4gubTveKEozImAXjp_H_AQ&usg=AFQjCNFDkRYf14IlRhVrtu1PA072IR27Kg&sig2=oLFiKfYR_9uh0o3Ak2vXhw

10-16-2011, 12:56 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=25&ved=0CDMQqQIwBDgU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3Dg3ILAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D8FMDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D5415% 2C1292388%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=4gubTveKEozImAXjp_H_AQ&usg=AFQjCNFDkRYf14IlRhVrtu1PA072IR27Kg&sig2=oLFiKfYR_9uh0o3Ak2vXhw
Incidentally...... McGoorty changed his mind....... or rather Les changed it for him.

10-16-2011, 12:57 PM
Incidentally...... McGoorty changed his mind....... or rather Les changed it for him.
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=28&ved=0CDkQqQIwBzgU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DBZxQAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DGgoEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D2124% 2C7010479%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=4gubTveKEozImAXjp_H_AQ&usg=AFQjCNGNXG5IpeU***Z7apTL3qdNhf9ikA&sig2=ofloIzcqkkMTTT3JMn-fSA

10-16-2011, 01:02 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=29&ved=0CDsQqQIwCDgU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DX6hQAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D1iEEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D1926% 2C5421334%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=4gubTveKEozImAXjp_H_AQ&usg=AFQjCNEw7lh4tydbmWJHzxqqu7x6R8n5Bw&sig2=KaDv-X1i8QvzwFyyINM3dA

10-16-2011, 01:05 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=29&ved=0CDsQqQIwCDgU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DX6hQAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D1iEEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D1926% 2C5421334%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=4gubTveKEozImAXjp_H_AQ&usg=AFQjCNEw7lh4tydbmWJHzxqqu7x6R8n5Bw&sig2=KaDv-X1i8QvzwFyyINM3dA
Incidentally Christie beat Mike Gibbons, as he says in this article,.... a classic from the horses mouth, fighter recollection. Maybe Darcy is better than Mike 1942 ??

10-16-2011, 01:07 PM
Incidentally Christie beat Mike Gibbons, as he says in this article,.... a classic from the horses mouth, fighter recollection. Maybe Darcy is better than Mike 1942 ??
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=34&ved=0CDEQqQIwAzge&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DyoQWAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DGSEEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D5265% 2C4730861%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=NQ-bTomWJeXzmAX56tyUAg&usg=AFQjCNGXOlVAD0I4xoVyqiWsgB9HIik9qA&sig2=YnFVE8eAGD9z_eVc8WsUxQ

10-16-2011, 01:08 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=34&ved=0CDEQqQIwAzge&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DyoQWAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DGSEEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D5265% 2C4730861%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26 hl%3Den&ei=NQ-bTomWJeXzmAX56tyUAg&usg=AFQjCNGXOlVAD0I4xoVyqiWsgB9HIik9qA&sig2=YnFVE8eAGD9z_eVc8WsUxQ

10-16-2011, 01:11 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=33&ved=0CC8QqQIwAjge&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid %3DoqkWAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3DEyMEAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D6185% 2C374404%26dq%3Dles%2Bdarcy%2Beddie%2Bmcgoorty%26h l%3Den&ei=NQ-bTomWJeXzmAX56tyUAg&usg=AFQjCNEXjQiLyNoafAnWr-OESk43ExC59g&sig2=RTPhCNDWkdBFDCSdTEHA0A

10-16-2011, 01:15 PM

10-17-2011, 06:21 PM
NZ Truth , Issue 554, 29 January 1916, Page 11 DARCY THE WINNER.
How He Fought K.O. Brown. American Not Knocked Off His Feet. The Fight by Rounds. (From "Truth's" Ringside Rep.) There was a capacity house at the Ruahcutter Bay Stadium on Saturday night, January 16, which means that there was between 15,000 and 16,000 people present; and the enthusiasm was Intense. The attraction was the meeting, In a twenty-round contest between that truly great performer, Les Darcy, champion middleweight of the world fighting at catch-weight and the stalwart Americanised native of Sparta, Greece, George "Knock-out" Brown.
The latter had been specially chosen In America by the representative of Stadiums, Ltd., as a man likely to give Les Darcy a severe tost, on account of his punch and his notorious hardness and Spartan endurance of punishment. He certainly bore out his reputation, on Saturday night, but
HIS PUNCH FAILEP*HIM, chiefly because of Darcy*s cleverness, but partly because the champion appears to be absolutely impervious to a wallop, even when one does land. His capability for withstanding a heavy bombardment- of bitter blows, was, however,
very much m evidence; for, though Darcy landed scores of punches calculated to out a camel, and Brown was terribly used up, and at times on the very threshold of slumberland, he was never knocked off his feet, and was able, at the finish of the twentieth round, to be the first to congratulate his conqueror.
In this regard there was a rather funny incident. Brown was watching the clock, beaten to a frazzle, with swollen features and crushed -tomato mouth, and the moment the hand reached the third minute mark and the bell rang, he threw his arms round Darcy, patted his shoulder and appeared- to be warmly congratulating the champion on his form. But the referee, Arthur Scott, failed to hear the bell owing to the tremendous noise of a wildly-excited crowd; and, after a glance at the clock, turned and asked the timekeeper why the bell did not ring. During the pause, the two brawny gladiators stood, embracing and mutually handing out the good man dope, till Scott, assured that the round and the fight was over, walked up behind Darcy and placed his hand on his head,
PROCLAIMING HIM THE WINNER. Even when assured by several that the bell had rung, Arthur disputed the statement. Lord knows he was excusable, for the roar of the voices and the clapping of hands Were simply deafening.
Brown Is a beautifully-proportioned man of 26, standing 6ft. B%in. high, or two inches taller than Darcy. He is just as brown as a Maori, and has much the same fierce, warlike expression which marks all well-bred Maoris. His big-boned frame Is bound together with criss-cross layers of mighty muscle, till he looks as if he were "diagonally built," as the boat-builders say... He expressed perfect confidence in' himself all through a most searching preparation at Chiddy Ryan's gymnasium, Coogee; and his exhibition on the previous Wednesday showed that he wa's just jumping out of his skin with condition.
Darcy also showed great form, and fairly glowed with rude "health as he went through three fast rounds with Mick King, who, with all his cleverness, was actually of little use to the champion, as far as hard boxing went. People who saw the pair do their stunts, and some four or five thousand were present went away satisfied that Darcy- Brown was going to be some fight.
The amount of punishment that the Chicago man assimilated was simply amazing. ,
DARCY IS A GREAT PUNCHER, as every man who has ever faced him can affirm, and on Brown, an easy mark because of his head-strong, wide-open mode of attack, he ianded the heaviest wallops m his kit. Twenty times, at least, he met him coming m with fearful right uppercuts and crosses. A hundred times he drove a stiff-arm left into the face with a force that nearly knocked the head off Brown's shoulders; and yet he not only did not knock him out, but did not even put him down. The man is aa tough as the notorious Joe Grim, and five times as dangerous; for there was always a possibility, even up to the last moment, 'that one of his devastating swings might hit the point and end the Btrife. That is what kept the excitement at fever heat right up to the last bell.
But Darcy is not the sort of fighterto take chances, though, after the halfjourney had been passed, he most certainly did take his task pretty lightly and laughed cheerily m Brown's face, or over his shoulder at his friends around the ring, m every round. X very few. times one of Brown's wallops did land fair and square and made Les sit up and take notice; but this wad bad for Brown. Darcy neither quaiied nor recked when one hit him. He simply looked supremely indignant and tore into the delinquent all the harder. Indeed, it is thie - FIERCELY RETALIATORY ATTITUDE of the champion that takes the heart out of his opponents more than anything else. Once, for an Instance, when Les failed to come m quite far enough, and an awesome right swing landed just behind his left ear, instead of going round his neck, as he meant that it should, Brown suddenly flushed with rosy hope, tore a terrific left to the ribs, and went at his man with a tornadic two-handed assault. Did Darcy wilt, stagger, or show, fear? Not any, thanks!- Instead he met that dangerous rush with a veritable hail of hard punches, and it was Brown who went into holds to protect himself. To be successful, the Spartan Is essentially a long-range fighter, but, finding how terribly 'Darcy punched him m the open, particularly with spine-Jarring straight lefts, he went m for the billy-goat stuff, only to find himself playing a very poor second fiddle m that duet. Very soon he found thac his only asset was his toughness, and it was that, and that only, that enabled him to see the weary journey out. The following is the story of THE FIGHT BY ROUNDS: Whim Brown entered the ring ho had a splendid reception, but the ovation accorded Darcy was magnificent, the cheering being almost deafening. In Brown's corner were Jack Warner, Jimmy Clabby, Walter Coffey, and Fred Gilmore. Darcy was attended l>y Harry and Sid Peurce, Mick Hawkins and Harry Sullivan. The weights were: Dtircy. 11.11; Brown ll.Si. Mr. Arthur Scoit was referee. Round One. Brown rushed In, swinging like :t madman, Darcy met him and put repeated Hi Vie jolts lo the fac-e while m holds. Brown held Darcy's left arm ;ind put a heavy right to the jaw several times. Les was thoroughly aroused by Brown's attack, and weni after him furiously. Les repeatedly made Brawn mffw mad Ktvi.'iff. and smashed his face aa he came m, and the crowd cheered him deafeniiigly. Darcy kept putting SNAPPY JOLTS TO THE FACE, and Brown swung madly, but was badly beaten In the in-tightlng. K.O got heavily to the body at close quarters with both hands, but the boy nearly j jolted the head off him with a let' l uppcreut. U was v terrific struggle from bell to bell. Round Two. Brown came over and swung frightful right half a foot j short. Darcy missed what Bhouki have j been a good 'un at the bent head. The j Yankee took hold of Darcy by the left arm, and went xlmply mad trying to land v heavy swing. AH his efforts wero unavulllng. and the boy met his punches with both hnmlu. However, the Yunk seemed impervious to blown. They went round the ring locked together, Brown making dospjrato efforts to lund puniahltiK blows, and Darcy blocking him repeatedly. The visitor's face wus ALHF.ADY PUFFKO AND FLUSH Kt>; bill It w:h noticeable that Darcy could ' not keep ft busy with this man us he ; did with others, becnuw* of hLa eontUuiH j uttnc.k*. Tho h<ut of the night wus uetu?ntii:itt<) by the terrific heat from Die IlKht-KtMierulor* timlrr the slaire (kineumtOKraph pictures of the fljrht wi-r<taken). ;md both men sweated In their ! KP.ivy. | 1 sound Three.- Urown ftpuln phiit^rO I utrosH wHh irrrlfle nwipvft, which Darcy I let ko round hid body. They got loclwJ. ! ;m>l i.-nt round ihv ting, till '-trown pulled oui ami wunjf two trjinetitiou? ' pujuche*, but they wcr bloektil. As

10-17-2011, 06:26 PM
Brown crouched to land one of his dreadnought punches, Darcy banged him m the face twice. Brown was hooted for putting his arm across the Australian's throat and pushing. As Brown tried . another swing, Darcy punched the head off him, but the man would neither go back nor down. A straight punch, which nearly knocked his head off, didn't send him back. He was certainly giving Darcy; the trial of his life.
Round Four. — They rushed together like charging bulls, and for half a minute they were locked In a firm embrace, with neither able to land much of a blow. Darcy uppercut Brown most beautifully to the mouth with the right. Brown swung, and swung, and swung, and swung again with FEARFUL PUNCHES AT DARCY'S BODY, but the boy evaded them each time, and delivered a chopping right on the ear. Excitement was irttense as Brown tried frantically to land a devastating 1 wallop. Darcy's punches m close were very heavy to* both body and face, and Brown began, to wilt distinctly, and attack much less fiercely. Body punishment served out by Darcy was very heavy. Darcy just got inside a swing that landed behind the left" ear, but took a terrific left rip to the body. Brown rushed to improve his advan- s tage, but was fought off with a rain of heavy punches. It was a desperate round, and both showed signs of exhaustion. Round Five. — As Brown came m Parcy jabbed him heavily on. the nose. Brown clinched. Breaking clear, he swung a frightful right to the body, and, thinking he had Darcy, drove m with terrific force, but the boy did not wilt, though certainly the blows were very heavy. Another right from Brown just grazed Darcy's chin. It was A TERRIBLY EXCITING FIGHT, and it was evident that Darcy's little jolts were not having much effect on this man of iron, for his swings were always dangerous. Les retreated to the American corner, where he took two swings beautifully on his guard. Unlike McGoorty and Co., Brown seemed impervious to Darcy's jolts, and for the first time m his career, Les had a worried look. * ■■•,-.. Round Six. — Brown rushed m full of confidence, but with a badly-swollen mouth, and for fully half a minute they locked horns without a blow being struck. Brown swung a mighty right which Darcy inmoved, and uppercut him about half a hozen times with a right to the face. Drawing off at the referee's order, Brown came m shoulder first like a charging footballer. Darcy stood the shock. As Brown came m with a right, Darcy smashed a punch to the head, knocking it round. In * close, Brown hit distinctly low with the left, and the referee cautioned him. Darcy had a great deal the better of this round, punishing the Brown man teriribly and beautifully ducking and | blocking his swings. As Brown danced m, DARCY UPPERCUT HIM three times to the face. Round Seven. — Brown rushed to close quarters, and Darcy proceeded to jolt the head off him, and the man-eater now appeared distinctly fatigued and a bit depressed at his failure to land his mighty swings. Going away from a clinch, Brown landed a heavy left on the Jaw, but instantly the boy was on him with a shower of blows. It was a desperate fight, and both were streaming with perspiration. Again Brown was cautioned by the referee for holding; arid hitting, but Darcy immediately^ proceeded to pound the head off him. Before the round closed, however, he was himself the recipient of two nasty jolts, to the jaw. But it only made him fight the harder, and Brown's head danced about like a shuttle****. The fight was going distinctly Darcy's way now.
Round Eiht. — Brown came out with both eyes considerably swollen and there wus much. less venom m his rush, though his punch was still doing business. In close, Darcy banged him both sides of the face, 'and when he drew off gave him a straight left and smashed his right to the heart with fearful force.
BROWN WENT ON THE RETREAT. Darcy followed m with a tremendous swing to the jaw. Les charged m again with a shower of blows and a left hook knocked Brown's head completely round. Brown put a straight left to the nose, but Les was instantly on him uppercutting with both hands, one landing cm the tip of the nose, almost tearing layoff. After a spell m holds Brown pufc a left to the nose and tried another, but was beaten by Darcy's cleverness. Just as the bell rang Darcy knocked Brown's head up with a nasty uppercut.
Round Nine. — They came together m a clinch, both hammering away at the ribs. Brown went mad, but Darcy Blmply slammed the head off. him, landing; some very heavy blows both m the paddock and m close. Brown was now spitting blood all round the ring, and Les was laughing all through. They went round and round m the centre m holds, and when broken Darcy made Brown miss heavy swings, while he pasted the face repeatedly. When thf Greek stood oft and tried a smash, Lfc banged him with both hands and tried a rally; but Brown would not accept,! and went into clinches. It was another bad round for Brown, who nevertheless went to his corner at full tilt.
Hound Ton. — Brown rushed m nnd ran his face against Darcy's left fist. The Greek was very anxious to hold on. consequently things were less exciting: for a tlmt FJrown spoke to the referoe and was hooted. The way Lcs ducked the
MIGHTY SWINGS OF THE INVADER made the latter very wild. At iMiljjhting the Australian hud a tremendms advantage, und vh<n Brown stood off and tried to .smash him, his hands wre never out *>f his face. Lt*s back -moved n tremendous right, and brought an uppereut llusli In the fae<-. Brown hud a strangle-hold on when the bell rang.

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Hound Eleven.-— Urown came ])lun- Inj? m to be. rnei by v shuwer of blow*, and Darcy iw now treaiinK him with the cooleHt poKsible indlfl'erenc—. one Htruiyht - left to the mouth sent the ruby flylns:. Brown In turn drove a stntlKht left to the mouth, but there, was no power m it. He tfot m and tried to hold on. but Los's? i-tft u-us never out of his fac •. making: his 1h:u1 bob like A CORK IN A WHIiILPOOL. The Au.strallan dodwed mrrlrlc v.!nK and smashed his left to the lire iifruln and atrain. and jilho br*>u:at hi ri)it to the jaw. Urown was now wobbly on hi* lefc> it Ikjlhk: Hlmply v cunt- uf endurance with him. Round Twelve. -Urown dam: -d round looking for a chance till Purcy drt.ve n fearful sira'.Kht left to the tno.it. While Brown rlunj,' on to hl nrm Darcy ji-k--ed
the head off him, and while he-stood off Darcy's left to the face was simply slaughtering him.. The visitor's eyes now had a faraway look, and he appeared to be pretty well all m; his futility was something terrible and must have been very dishaartening to him. Darcy was boxing with deadly coolness and meeting every attack with a brilliant guard of foot and headwork, while he himself inflicted heavy punishment. In close. Brown 'anded a right to the jaw, but immediately Les lambasted him all over the place.
Round Thirteen. — Brown rushed out as madly as ever, but only ran into a rain of punches. He reached the mouth with one hard straight left, and clinched. Breaking away he swung a surprise left and right to both jaws, pretty hard, but they only made Darcy's eyes flash fire and he jabbed and jolted George snappily. Just before the bell
BROWN MADE A MAD RUSH, but Darcy coolly slipped him, but missed a chance to uppercut him as his head hung low m a lovely position to stop a left uppercut.
Round Fourteen. — The Spartan's rush and swooping swing aroused wild shrieks of laughter, and Darcy smiled broadly as he back-moved it. Angered, by failure and derision, Brown made, a ferocious attack and executed a harmless shift that again moved the crowd to yells of laughter! Getting into position again, George got a douDle to the armored midship section. He also found the face with a straight left; but Darcy met every rush with cruel right uppercuts to the face.
Round Fifteen. — Rushing to close quarters, Brown endeavored to claim Darcy's brawny arms; but the boy. wrenched loose and battered the face fearfully. In the open again, Darcy back-moved and ducked terrible swings and brought the right up to the face with force enough to have dropped a horse; but it didn't drop Brown, who was very rocky, however. It was matter for amazement that the man could keep erect under such heavy wallops. Round Sixteen. — Brown's crazy right swings again created merriment, and Darcy smiled indulgently while ABSOLUTELY LOAFING IN THE CLINCHES invited by George, who was looking very quisby, and hanging on for rest, fully half of the three minutes. Round Seventeen. — The Greek's mad dance of death was stopped before he was halt' wound up, by a ringing straight left to the bulbous nose. Then Les drove the left into the mark, twice, with tremendous force, and Brown doubled up like a jack-knife and fairly tore his way into a clinch. These blows seemed to hurt him more than any during the fight. Round Eighteen. — For several rounds past Brown's left ribs were not only raw, but actually showed the marks of Darcy's knuckles, In seperate, well-denned ridges; for the champion's right hand, hammerlike whacks to that section had been more than usually frequent and hard; the smack and thud being Incessant all the time Brown hugged m. The Greek tried desperately for a knock-out m each break-away. Round Nineteen. — Again Brown rushed and shifted, with no other effect than to arouse screams of laughter. Darcy jolted hia head back with a straight left to the ruddy nose and mouth, and again George tried a shift, but missed so wildly that JIMMY CLABBY ROARED LAUGHING. In spite of his failure and distress, the hardy fellow turned and fairly raced to his corner when the bell rang. Round Twenty. — Brown opened with a mad whirl of both sinewy brown arms, but ran slap Into a left drive that was hard enough to stop the town-clock. "Who called you a knockout?" yelled a terracite; and just then a fearsome right at the chin was only just heudmoved by Darcy, as he executed a masterly retreat before the whirlwind. Then Les took a hand and hit him into subjection with straight drives to the face and a smashing right to the jaw; while he smiled around seraphically. The rest has been told.

10-17-2011, 06:35 PM
Please excuse some of the mistakes in the text. Computers have a hard time translating worn or damaged text to files,... thankfully we can read easily some things the computers cannot....... I will therefore have some editing to do,.... I will work on it in the next 24 hours or so.//// I intend on doing the same thing with all of Darcy's fight reports as an adjunct to my Thread, Les Darcy Book by Raymond Swanwick..... I'm thinking of doing a book Called the fights of Les Darcy using these primary sources where I can find them and secondary sources if the primary sources are lost.

10-17-2011, 07:00 PM
Darcy a Dandy Doer.
NZ Truth , Issue 492, 21 November 1914, Page 5 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Darcy a Dandy Doer.
Gus Christie's Bitter Battle. 1
Young Les Hat Clean Victory on Points
(By "Boxer-Major.")
The largest crowd that has patronised the Stadium for month past rolled up on Saturday night week to see what proved to be s an exciting, strenuous struggle from first bell to last. On paper, It appeared as though the Stadium management could hardly have found a pair of boxers. more likely to give value for the money' than Les Darcy, the nineteen-: year-old East Maitland smith, and Gus Christie, the 23-year-old Milwaukee American. --------------------------------Both had knocked 'out the French middleweight, who appeared, on his record, to have fairly earned the title of "Knock-out" Marchand, a cognomen that proved, such, a 'misfit here, and as Darcy took 4 1/2 rounds to do it, and ' Christie only 2 l-3rd rounds, "form on paper," that ; joke of the ring, pointed to Christie to win.. ! , Both had trained with the utmost care, for each recognised . the seriousness of the task set him. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Darcy, freed from the thrall of his apprenticeship, revelled in his work at the Spit, with Dave Smith for a trial horse and men!tor, and their sots-to were the talk of all who were privileged to see them. There has rarely been a tougher battle waged in' tho world-famed arena, and to win it as cleanly .as- Darcy did, over so doughty, taller, heavier, arid so much more experienced a foeman,,was an achievement that stamps the lad as one of the very best at the weights in
the world. He has proved the greatest draw among Australian- boxers the Stadium ever -had; arid it is amusing to reflect that I had. to fairly hammer his claims into the heads of the management before he was given a chance. Christie was the first m the ring, attended by Jimmy Russell, Tim Land, and George Brewer. When Darcy entered there was a terrific round of cheering. He was^ attended by Dave .Smith, Mick Hawkins, Harry Pearce, and another. . : The weights were: Christie, 11.4% tt>; Darcy; 11.2%1b. Mr. Harald Baker refereed. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------It is safe to say that Christie was under the impression that he w.ould be able to .deal with Darcy as he had dealt with "Knock-out" Marchand, but he soon "jerryrumbled" to the difference. When he shoved the boy to the northern ropes and tried to get his wicked, stiff-arm left hook or uppercut to work,- he found it blocked splendidly, or the head shifted out of the road, while Darcy got busy with hard right whangs to the loin. When Darcy skipped out to centre, . and' Christie sent that devastating left awing at the jaw, he found a brawny blacksmith's right forearm In the way, and the more insidious short hooks m the close work, on the arm, ( wrist, or glove, with all the neatness and lightning speed of his proud mentor Dave Smith. Others he dudked so neatly that the fierce swing would almost carry Gus round after the glove. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------And Darcy was always there with a swift counter or .cross; while so fast did he hit that' at times Gus must have thought that it was- raining boxing gloves or that Darcy had eight arms, all going like the stampers of a quartz battery. As Christie began. to realise the skill and power of the" man opposed to him, his fighting face, a. threatening mask of battle that he assumes as the Chinese soldiers were wont to do, to throw fear into the ' . foe, he grew absolutely ■■" ferocious. But Darcy is not the sort of kid to be scared of a frown, and he hardly ever lost his own pleasant;; smile. Even when his left eye-brow, was opened by, a bump from Christie's bristled head,' In the third, and the blood from that old cut mingled with the sweat and ran into and all around the eye, he [ smiled as if he thought the trouble i rather amusing.------------------------------------------------------------------------------In the fourth, as Lea back-moved a tremendous uppercut and smashed his right toj the ribs, . Gus butted m, head | down, -the crown taking Les fair on i the nose, and bringing blood badly. It was a damaging bump, arid caused Dave- Smith a, lot of trouble and anxiety between the rounds, for the lad seemed to have difficulty with his breathing apparatus for several of the subsequent sessions. In the' fifth, Christie showed a disposition to bear his weight on the shorter man m clinches, and- to bring American methods to bear, by locking arms, wrestling, and snapping one hand, usually the* left, free, to hit while holding with the other. The crowd was in a virtuous mood and strongly reprehended such tactics, and voiced Its virtue with many a roar of hooting. Gils changed his tactics m, the sixth and stoodibff fforar r a cross,' trying to Induce Darcy to give him a lead. He got it and several hard punches, -too;! but Christie couldn't get the head, though he socked, one terrible right into the slats. '.' .' ■ -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Every round from the fifth, but tlie eighth.: went down to'Darc^s credit, and that one was even. There was'always danger, however, froiri that rigid left hook that is almost as bad to receive as a jab from an iron bar. But Darcy's chin Pls evidently differently constituted to Dave Smith's, for he took quite a few of these jolts fair on it Without the slightest sign of inconvenlencie. And, the whole en? gagemeritj not once did Darcy get hit without instantly, slamming down the change; and it 'was at these moments that Christie seemed to think Les was a garden octopus! ! < The man from Milwaukee made a treriiendous effort m the eleventh, and drove Darcy to the' east rope. . Was the mere lad dismayed? Not half! He suddenly set himself, a foot off the hemp, and started to. fight back. It was a miniature German assault on the- Britih trenches, and In five seconds the assailant was backing away from a' furious and Irresistible sally, and the tide of war was' entirely turned. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------There's no backdown about Les Darcy ! He's grit to the core, .and as full of devil as a, whole Gurkha regiment. As the late teens reeled off, I am sorry to say Christie fought anything but fairly. He flung punctilio and Australian usage over the ropes, and took to Bowery tactics. His head and elbow were very mnch m evidence; he butted like an angry ram and absolutely refused to break, so that ' Referee Batfer had to risk his inappropriate, hot, swell suit of serge, m frantic struggles to separate the sweltering, bleeding men. -----------------------------------------------------------------------This "sort of stuff was vastly ' appreciated by the Yankees around the ring, and their mad shouts of admiration und encouragement made the roof tremble. - Darcy went down owing to Christie treading on his toes as he rushed to overtake a back-move, arid Christie ran right over him and into the ropes. But Les was up "and facing the enemy before he could come back out of ."the popes into which ho had plunged. In the twentieth, when Darcy slipped a rush and right uppercut to the face, Gus went to the canvas with a bang a clean knock-down. * When Mr. Baker placed his long brown hand on Darcy's head, the whole house stood and shoutod its approval. When Les throw his arms In tho air and held them aloft while he turned; to all, sides m acknowledgment of the cheers, they broke out afresh, and continued as long ashewas In sight. Christie? Oh, he just ducked under, and was gone before anybody knew it.' Only the man with the pail was caught in the crowd. ~ :boxing:

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NZ Truth , Issue 551, 8 January 1916, Page 11McGOORTY MAULED
Darcy's Great Effort
< Silences, the Slanderers
What "Boxer- Major" Thinks
If ever foul -innuendo and mpnetary
meanness got shown up m. the bright light and made look as filthy as they are
and were, that happened at the Sydney
Stadium on Boxing Night, when Les Darcy, the . absolute middleweight champion <ob world, simply.- smashed and pulverised Eddie McGoorty, one of the most terrible fighting machines the dear old planet ever kn&w, or ever will know. . The dirty suggestions against a decent, wonderful man. like McGoorty; that ids fight witti ovor splendid boy. Uwey, last July, . ; WiftONTHBCROSS, htmg aboot m fl^e air even up to 8-35 last Monday night. I>eceinfoer 27. Then they -rtrerrt to tha dirty limbo they beoog to, qji^i TriiMhry . & . fadr-mtnded, - but misted, pmttear's good stmT wat with Ukem. It was-astounding 1 how many ordluatDy sane men about town believed tttenk— and the fwyrf*- one scribe pub- Babed, supporting, by contemptiWe innuendo, the theory of "croofc" Wen, Boxtng Nigrhfs fight proved I -was a bttm 1 judge or a foully i erooted reporter; and I hope the other side liked its medicine. For myself, if 1 heard what was shouted oat by temfltr eds— and two-guinea seaters. at that— at me, I would hot have Uved thirty sxhrates afterwards. There probably was^never m Che history of gladiatorial another such a ! toaxtn^ down, of a. public penman,. It
made even his antagonists feel pitiful
No man ever fought' a braver fight than did McGoorty; and if ever a man tried to "even up" and prove to his side that form and. rumor were all wrong, this fine athlete did on that Monday night.
Brave? Why, people shouted his name' in recognition of that quality, after his opponent had gone laughing out of the ring. But he had as much chance as - v
1 Eddie is notorious for his awful hitting; and "was never m better form m Ms life; but as^ one front-seater shouted, "He can't hurt him when he DOES hit ! him." And as a fact he hit him so seldom that the big boy Jeft the ring absolutely unscathed, while poor Eddie's , face was a bad sight, and he absolutely ! bled on the ribs.
Referee Arthur Scott fought some terrific fights m his time; and he has instructed some .of the best and toughest ever;- yet hte- words to me just met the situation. "He's all you claimed for him; but, even then, what sort; of a fight did he put up! ! !" "What sort of a fight? I said to one of the most polished writers we have, who sat by my side and is, therefore probably black and blue this day — because for the first time m. twenty years I let myself go, my honor and reputation being practically at stake- — "This is not a modern fight; it is a gladiatorial epic," and he agreed with me. It would be a farce to describe it round by round. It was a gift from the gods of High plympia to the grandest crowd that has occupied the Stadium sinee — well, since the glorious kid fought Holland the first time and they nearly tore the Stadium down, Ringside observers could see the amazed look on McGoorty's face when Darcy continued after the blow. In his corner, the bemused McGoorty muttered to his seconds.

"I hooked him good and hard and he only grinned!"
"Do it again!" That boy's the best fighter I ever fought. He's the greatest fighter in the world. He's hard to hit and harder still to hurt. I don't think there's anyone in the world could beat him.
Eddie McGoorty

Les Darcy is the best man in the world. I bar no one, not even Jess Willard (world heavyweight champion). The man who can take Eddie McGoory's left swing on the jaw without flinching would not be hurt by anyone.
Fritz Holland

10-17-2011, 07:55 PM
It is no good trying to describe It. Itve got copious notes, and could go into details. But what's the ass? Nothing that ever wore trunks was quite like Darcy. Those who saw
THIS GREAT. FIGHT may faintly appreciate him for the wonderful, unique warrior he is; but even they, bar a very few veterans, cannot draw comparisons.
Just think. — and how they screaitied to one person to think!— that Sddle Mc- Goorty has proved himself one of the greatest men, of any weight or class, ever known m the game; am an with a crushing punch that made a baby- of man after man. of world-wide reputation, quite recently, TMiink, too, that we were told such muck as we were, and that foul skunks went abroad polluting McGporty, and saying how much he won by going down m July; and then picture the fine fellow walking out to show this blacksmith^ apprentice what chance he had with a world-famed fighter. Think of him going for the boy
with his fearful v/hacks and perfect confidence; ami then sec him bleedir t m the first round and absolutely ne W-in it from gong to gong. No pen could write the story of such a fight.
"What sort of a fight did he put up!" said Referee Scott. In that he said a huge tome; Darcy never let vp — which is one of the most prmmant sources of his marvellous success. This really
AWFUL, TERRIFYING HITTER got him a few times, but never on the spot; he's too wonderful with his skill, m or out — but, as that onlooker shouted, he couldn't hurt him; while, every time he did Jar him the kid set his beautiful teeth, glared like a devil, and sailed m to' his man m a style that seemed to say: "How dare you hit me? Oh! you were crook last time, were you? I'll show you how crook I was!" and by the holy smoke, how did he avenge his character! It seemed that he was there for that purpose, and by the honor of the gods he carried it out !
I am writing this at one o'clock m the morning, and I know thousands are waiting to read it; but what is worrying me is 1 the thought thatf some boneheads and bounders have got to explain their attitude. Fancy having to tell your boss. Imagine having to explain why you backed McGoorty this time. Laugh! Why it is
ONE GRAND HIP-HOORAY to Darcy*s friends and one awful, almost pitiful humiliation to his tiny nest of enemies. McGoqrty's whole aim was to- knock Darcy as he knocked Murray and Bonds; and m the first round his mouth bled freely. The kid never missed a hit and he hit like a club-footed Satan kicking. What a pity he hasn't got a punch! ! ! For a few short spasms McQoorty was the aggressor; and a real lover of the game and of a brave man just simply had to feel kindly towards the "Terror." But — oh that "but"! — it was absolutely effectless. The boy was m on him with ducked nut or up-thrown arm and shoulder, or else he moved just outside the terrifying swing and instantly had his, murderous uppercuts and cross jolts going:. In every clinch he was master to a, c^ree that was ridiculous, seeing that McGoorty. is one of the finest men we "fcripw; and to show the force of his thumps, it is only necessary to say that it was short jolts while In clinches, that absolutely stupitied and dropped Eddie m the fifth. If he hadn't been a brave man, fighting to win big wagers, , he would not have got up at "eight."
It was similar ? blows that put Mo- Goorty down on July 31; and yet skunks who had two and elevenpence on the Yank shouted from their lairs that " 'E was never 'it 'ard henough to put 'im down." In tlJlit scrap, McGoorty was practically down when he hung on to Darey's right arm and
THE LEFT FAIRLY CRASHED into his face five times .and dropped him. In this case the boy never let up; he was hitting- all the time; m or out. His left jab wfts like a blow with a pike, and yet when Eddie swung he was inside and hitting about three times a- second. To make it the more maddening to McGoorty, the kid laughed m his face nearly every time the Yankee thought he had done something.
McGoorty^s efforts towards the finish must have ' satisfied the hungriest scoundrel among his backers. He was out to win and he tried every punch his marvellous gifts and his long experience vouchsafed to him. The battery was wonderful and abundunt m its variety but nothing- mattered to Darcy. Some of his. rights to the side of the head and neck., were like blows with a club and McGoorty; strong- man as he is.
REELED AND ROCKED under them. His f&ce. was a dream and no second could stay the flow of claret; while his left eye was' as near closed as don't matter*
It was the, eighth round, and Mc- Goorty had swung- three times* with fearful force; and three times Darey's hoad had dropped and his left glove had met the damaged face. Then his right came over to the back of the ear, a fearful whang, and was instantly jer.ked up uifder the chin. Bump, bump, bump, and McGoorty fell out of a futile- hqld. flat fn his face.
He was up at "three," and swinging: wildly at the world at large; when Red Watson, his second, made a bunch ot? his towel and. hetffved It over 13ddie's nadget fair into the referee's face.
Darcy hadn't a mark to show that he had been fighting one of the; best men of his weight the world ever knew. He, weighed 11.1/4 to McGoorty's 11.5% and neither ever looked or moved better. Only one In different from any other man I ever saw and would have made Jim Hall look like a schoolboy and beaten even Bob Fitzslmmons.

10-17-2011, 09:02 PM
NZ Truth , Issue 576, 1 July 1916, Page 11MASTER AND PUPIL.
Les Darcy and Dave Smith. The Pupil's Punches Too Powerful. Knock-out m the Twelfth Round. (By Special Cable.) Who helped to make Les Darcy middleweight champion of the world, and heavyweight champion of Australia? All of the boxing critics of Sydney, that is to say, the boxing experts, of the newspapers, claim that they "discovered" Les Darcy, and certainly "Boxer- Major," of the "Sydney Sportsman" has more claim to the "discovery" than any other writer of the press, but the real maker of Les Darcy, the boxer who discovered that Les Darcy had all the potentialities of a champion, the boxer who helped to develop the latent science, and to bring to perfection the rugged strength of Les Darcy, is with^ out a shadow of a doubt, Dave Smith. Dave Smith took Darcy m hand at a time when failure to make good on Darcy's part would have meant that the young world's champion of. to-day would never have been heard of. Smith took him m hand when he had not reached the threshold of that phenom-" enal success which has since attended Darcy. Smith was for a long time associated with Darcy, during which victory after victory attended the efforts of the young and raw . West Maltlander. Then tiame a time when they parted, and with that parting came that bitter feeling that somehow, unfortunately, enters into and destroys the soul of friendship., Barcy kept on climbing the tree of success. Smith had retired from active ring work/and though many ventured to compare the prowess ' ot~ this truly marvellous pair, none thought it possible that the time would arrive when master and pqpil should enter the ring and there decide whether the man who can be credited with teaching the pupil all that he knew wa3 m reality as good as the pupil who proved so apt to learn. ...... The opportunity did present Itself last Saturday night at , the Sydney Stadium, and, naturally, there was not v vacant seat m tbo huge building. The pair met for the heavyweight championship of Australia, which Smith had won from big Bill Lang. Though he had emergod from a retirement into which he should not have entered, Smith was obliged to climb up a bit. He, wa first given the task of boating Jimmy, Clabby ,at middle weights, but m 'thin he failed, though the decision was a dubious and disappointing one. Had the decision been otherwise, Smith would have been matched to meet Darcy for the middleweight championship of the world, because he gave It out that he alone knew how to fight Darcy, inasmuch us
he had taught Darcy all that he knew. Baulked In that direction, viz., of meeting Darcy for the middleweight championship of the world, Smith was set another task and proved equal to it by defeating m an easy and hollow fashion, big Colin Bell, who has his ttye on the heavyweight championship of Australia, which Darcy had won by defeating the holder, Harold Hard wick. Therefore, Smith was m the ponition of having to tight for a title which he had been dispossessed of only by reason of his retirement. When they met at the Sydney Sltadium on Saturday night, the weights' announced were, Darcy 11.6, Smith 11.8. Never had a more natty pair of healthy, strong-limbed and lunged athletes adorned the ring of the Stadium, and for once, by way of a chamge, the opinions of the fans were about equally divided on the chances of either, man. . , Smith from the commencement fought a glorious flght, and certatnly made good his claim that he knew an the tricks that Darcy had concealed m either arm.. lndeed, Smith soon showed that he was' superior to Darcy as a boxer, and his skill was demonstrated over and over again, as he landed on the vulnerable spots of the champion. But Smith's science availed him little. Punch as he did or could he could make no impression on the youngster, who returned with interest all that he had got, and these punches had telling force behind them which soon began to tell on Smith. ' Dave continued to hold his own, and more than his own, from a points view, but his punches did not even jar the champion, who belaboured away, and adopted the wearing-out or attrition system on the "old master." By the time that the twelfth round had arrived, Smith's efforts had told their tale on himself, not on Darcy, who was fighting vigorously and confidently. The heavy punches which had landed on Smith now began to take effect, and it was early apparent that the end was not far off. It was not. In the middle of the round the youngster became demoniacal. He rushed Smith, swung right and left to the face, and these put finish to Smith's ambition to prove that master was the master. Amidst ! the greatest excitement, Smith dropped and wao counted out All that can be said, has been said. Smith fought gloriously. He w*s not outclassed. He simply proved that youth will bo served, that the time arrives when pupil supplants master. That Smith's great effort was appreciated was shown by the cheers which were given him when he left the ring. He Is matched to meet Buck Crouse on the evening of July 8, and can then be upon to prove that if unequal to:beat Darcy. he is equal If not superior to the recent importations from America. :boxing:

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NZ Truth , Issue 573, 10 June 1916, Page 11DASHING DARCY.
Checks the Cruise of Crouse.
Buck Bucked m the Second Round.
(By Special Cable.)
There were 12,000 people at the Sydney Stadium on Saturday night last, the result, it might well be said, of the excessive booming of Buck Crouse, the American middleweight, .who dreamed on the way, out from America that he would put finis to ■ the career of Les Darcy, by knocking him out In the twelfth . round. It must not be concluded that ring fans are big muffs, arid take the dream stuff seriously, but the record held by Grouse was such that it was held that he stood a much better chance of extending the young world's champion than the ;;rank impostor, Alex Costica, the well-touted Roumanian, who proved ■■k big quitter.
Crouse's greatest feat, as far as Australian rlng-siders are concerned, lies m the fact tha t t he accounted m three rounds for that one-time clever welterweight, Ted Nelson. He had also accounted for Frank Loughrey, who stood up to Darcy for ?0 rounds, while m his career of more recent years he had met and defeated or had been defeated by such men as Jack Dillon, George Chip, Leo Houok, "Knock-out" Brown and Eddie McGoorty.
On his great record the Pittsburger •was entitled to be given a chance, not of beating Darcy," but at anyrate of extending and putting the world's champion on his metpe, but, nevertheless, m his training operations, and the exhibition of , thq terrific right swing which was to devastate Darcy, the good Judges of the game were Quick to perceive that Darcy would Blroply play Tyith the raocrest, wellbehaved American.
Buck Crbuse never gave it out that he expected to beat Darcy, and thereby he made no mistake. He gave himself a. good chance of breaking even, and to survive twenty rounds with the West Maitlander was what he hoped to do. •■ ' •. , . •' He was to have met Darcy at the Sydney Stadium on Saturday night, May 27, but owing to having sustained an injury to his right hana Avhile training, the match was put off till hist Saturday night, and m the meantime Crouse was boomed and touted, with the result, that people not m the know, began to think that Darcy's title was m danger, though, of course, the result proved otherwise. As stated, 12,000. or moro people rolled up to the Sydney Stadium on Saturday night, and the fact, remains to be told that Crbuse did not last as long as' Costica. The weights were: Crouse, 12st; Darcy, list 71b. During the five minu.tes of actual .fighting, Crouse twice hit the champion. In the second round Crouse was' twice floored. He arose for the third time, and, was sent out for keeps. I go by boat now, Crouse he soon follow. Darcy knock him out quick, you see.

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WORLD'S GREATEST MIDDLEWEIGHT: Late Les Darcy or Robert Fltzsimmohs? "The Men 1 Compared. Who was the greatest middle-weight of all time under Marquis of Queensbury rules-^-Robert Fitzsimmons, the wonderful Cornish -Australian fighting machine of a quarter of a century ago, or the brilliant Maitland boy, Les Darcy, who passed' out o% the game under such tragic circumstances some few months ago? asks a writer m Brisbane "Truth." The matter has called for a considerable amount of discussion of late among' : the leading Australian newspaper critics and fight fans, and it will not be altogether amiss to give herewith a few notes of comparison on the two great gladiators. ' Although born m Cornwall (England) m 1862, Fitz came with his parents to New Zealand while still an infant, and it was m/ New Zealand and Australia (principally the latter) that he rfelly learned the game of fisticuffs, consequently, Australia' can lay claim to calling him quite her very own fighting product. He, unlike the deceased Darcy, did not do a great amount of boxing In Australia, as the game was not booming m his day as it is to-day, and consesequently he (Fitz) had to go further afield, and ultimately found himself m America. His first fight of any note after his arrival m Yankeeland was against "Nonpareil" Jack Dempsey; it took place on January 14, 1891, at New Orleans, and carried with' it the middle-weight championship of the world. This battle Fitz won by the knock-out route m the 13th round, after literally hammering the game Dempsey to pieces. On March 2, 1892, he accounted for the great Irish champion,' Peter Maher (heavy-weight), m 14 rounds. Then, after beating four other men m as many ~ months, Fitz had the pleasure of once more facing that clever middle-weight, Jim Hall, who had beaten him some couple of years previously In Sydney. He turned the tables on Jim, and beat him to the boards m four rounds. Between this time and '96 he cleared up all and sundry who sought boxing honors, and then came his clashes with the principal heavies of the world. On" February 21, 1896, he once more put the clever Peter Maher to sleep m one round,'! but on- December 2 of the same year had ' the ' misfortune to lose on a foul to the wonderful Sailor Sharkey, after having considerably the best of the argument for the whole of the eight rounds fought. On March 17, 1897, at Carsbn City, the pleasure of Bob's heart was gratified, and he was at last face to face with the brilliant heavy-weight, James J. Corbett, on the decision of tho battle resting the title of champion heavy-weight of the world. This was perhaps the most gruelling fight of his career, and after a give-and-take battle of 13 hard and fast rounds, m many of Which Fita got a trifle the worst of things, he early m the l"4th got his famous solar plexus on to Corbett, and as the game Oalifornian staggered and gasped- for breath Fits: stepped m with a hard right to the point, putting his plucky opponent down for keeps. By the result of this battle the auburn -haired wonder and wizard of the ring became the holder of both middle-weight and heavy-weight championship of the world titles. Nearly two years later the game Cornstalk, who was beginning to age, and, no doubt, was reaching the slipping-back jstage, .met his first "Waterloo" m America. On June 9, 1899, at Coney Island, he met the big 15-stone bollermaker, James J. Jeffries, / and the result Is no doubt remembered | by many of your readers. After, blinding the big fellow, and giving him a boxing lesson foT 10 rounds, weight told its tale, and the game old battler (list 121 b) was knocked out m the 11th session. Between this andhis meeting with the same 6pponeht, which took place at Carson City on June 25, 1902, Fitzsimmons had accounted for five men by the knock-out route m a total of 12 rounds, among his opponents being Tom Sharkey and Gus Ruhlin (the Akron Giant). The Cornstalk was once more vanquished by the burly "Jeff " who put paid to his account in' eight rounds. On the retirement of Jeffries some time later Fitz once more became the champion heavy-weight, and on December 20, 1905, he met and was defeated by Jack O'Brien at San Francisco m 13 roundsV This is the last battle of ' any note m which the wonderful Austrlian took part. But what a brilliant career." when it is borne m mind that this game old warrior never weighed over 12 stone m any of his fights. His weight ranged from list 61b to list 101 b, except m one or two cases. The career of our late and lamented. Les Darcy is no doubt- fresh .In the minds of all lovers of the noble art, and there are many who will still argue that the Maitland idol was quite as good, if not superior to, the great middle-weight of a quarter of a century ago. No doubt he was the best of his class m sight m the present generation, but it must be remembered thafc poor r*ss had still to meet the good heavlas; and were they (the heavies) as good as those of 25 years ago, would t-ea have succeeded m vanquishing them? He may have made good m this mission had the Grim Reaper not seen fit to claim him as an easy victim, b4t there Is certelnly a doubt on that score. The wonderful Maitland boy had done all that was asked of him m Australia. His defeat of such tnen.as Holland, Billy Murray, Jimmy Clabby (twice), Knock-out Brown (twice), Lob O'Donnell. Harold Hardwick, Buck Crouse, Dave Smith (twice), GeorgeChlp, and that great fighter, Eddie McOoorty (twice), stamped him as a great fighter. But all (or nearly all) of these men were middles not "heavies." Again a number of these battles went the full journey of 20 rounds. Did Les Darcy possess the "punch"? He certainly showed that he was the possessor of a fairly good livery m his two fights with. Eddie Mc- Goorty. and also with Hardwick, Daye Smith, Buck Grouse and George Chip. But was it a sleep-producer of the calibre of a delivery by his fellow Australian
of a quarter of a century gone by? I hardly think Les had the wallop of old Bob.
Fitzslmmona had the height, the reach, speed, cleverness, and, best of all, the "punch." Darcy was handicapped m height and reach when meeting big men, and his delivery was not, m my estimation, nearly so severe as Fltzsixnmons s. He may, had he lived, have done all that was expected of htm. Poor fellow, he was never given the opportunity, so there the matter must rest for all time. Still, as as far as both gladiators had "been allowed to go, Fitasimmons was the better middle-weight, A careful perusal of their respective performances as given above must convince the most sceptical on that point In my estimation Fltzsimmons was the "best" middle-weight, for all time, under Marquis of Queensbury rules, who ever donned a glove. In a future article, to be printed m this journal, I will deal with the world's best feathers, lights and welters, and will introduce such men as Griffo, Billy Murphy, Barron, Herb McKelL Snowy Sturgeon (of the old school), arid Spargo, Llew Edwards, Herb McCoy, Tommy Uren, and others of the new. ---- http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=newssearch&cd=30&ved=0CD0QqQIwCTgU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpaperspast.natlib.govt.nz%2Fcgi-bin%2Fpaperspast%3Fa%3Dd%26d%3DNZTR19171117.2.49.2&ei=U-qcToGCF-zOmAWC_viGCQ&usg=AFQjCNEr7CLAu00-yn4FVlVTr1oGy2g_dA&sig2=sNEctrnIfmNbjsKltSZEjg

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NZ Truth , Issue 499, 9 January 1915, Page 6----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Snowy Baker has practically decided on the following matches for coming Saturdays m Sydney:— LesDarcy v. Jeff Smith ■ (middleweight championship of the world), and Frank Loughrey v. Fred Dyer. Darcy has earned the big match, by beating Dyer so well In Brisbane. Loughrey hammered Pat Bradley m such,Btyle that all the fans who missed that 'display are now anxious to see the new puncher. Presumably the big "scrap" at the Sydney Stadium this evening will be between Salt. Smith and Darcy, for the middleweight championship of the world. --------------------------------------------------------------- Les Darcy fought his first battle m a Brisbane ring last Saturday night week when, at Baker's Stadium, before 6000 people, he met the singing Wolsh middleweight, Fred Dyer, and beat him on points m a battle that went the full twenty rounds. Dyer had made a great name m the Queensland capital, and shoived himself to be wonderfully clover, so that Darcy's victory on points over him is all the more creditable. Dave Smith accompanied Durcy as mentor and sparging partner, nnd no doubt the lessdns he has drummed and drubbed into the East Maltland youngster had a lot to do with his success.

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Rafe Champions "Fights Of LES DARCY" --GUS CHRISTIE

“Sit down and I’ll towel you”

Gus Christy was a leading American middleweight with a reputation as a hard puncher and a rough customer, well versed in the dirty tricks of the trade. He twice fought the rugged Eddie McGoorty to drawn decisions in ten rounds.

Both men started strongly but within two rounds it was apparent to Christie and everyone else that he was up against a very superior opponent. The crowd blew up in the second round when Darcy landed some good blows and it seemed that the fight could end there and then. In the third round Christie employed various less reputable strategies including a head butt which opened a cut over Darcy's eye. Darcy's defence, honed by practice with Dave Smith, prevented any further damage for the remaining seventeen rounds. Christie also tried holding and hitting tactics, and wrestling. Darcy was too strong to be held and the referee let Darcy take care of himself in that area. When Christie resorted to the elbow he received a stern warning.

In the break before the 20th round Darcy's towel man jokingly complained that he was getting tired of towelling. 'Sit down and I'll towel you,' suggested Les.

Christie was a mean contestant in the ring but he earned some credit for generosity after the event.

'Well, Les, you are no doubt a wonderful fighter; but say, was it not an almighty great quarrel we just had in there.'
Gus Christie

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Evening Post, Volume LXXXVIII, Issue 94, 17 October 1914, Page 10----------------------------------------------------------------------------" KNOCK-OUT " MARCHAND KNOCKED OUT. It will bo K.O. Marchand no longer. The title the battle-scarred French
knocker-out of his fellows won through convincing victories in many hard-fought ring battles has passed from him — wrested by Les Darey — and that stouthearted, sturdy young Australian was duly invested with his newly-won honours at the Stadium last night (sth) nmidst the plaudits of excited thousands. Dai'cy knocked out Knock-out Marchand in tho fifth round of a fight which was all fury. Marchand's arrival here was heralded in this way : " He has engaged in ovev 60 battles, 45 of which were won through knock-outs. One victim was Gabriel, the Belgian champion, who knocked out Dubourg at Paris in the second round. He also has to his credit a win over Bernard, whom all the papers declared had won when he and Jeff Smith fought in Paris just before the latter left Australia." Darcy's success must therefore be writ* ten a great victory. The Maitland lad boxed as hard and as well with Fritz Holland in their second battle, with the difference that while then his opponent never willingly ran into a punch, Marchand was always battling aggressively and taking blows to deliver some, because he is not a boxer, and never pretended to be one; ho is just a tough, strong fighter, and no more. Soon it became clear that the contest would be. a case of the survival of tho fittest. Neither shirked anything. Barcy had heard that Marchand liked his adver* sary to go to him, and he obligingly went in with the result that a fierce rally extended over every moment of every round. In the second round Marchand started another furious whirl, which Darcy proved equal to combatting, though some desperate fighting took place, during which Darcy's clucked head rammed Marchand in the body as he came crashing forward. The third saw Marchand in a frantic slogging act; he walloped blows from both sides with wild determination, and Darcy's reply to his challenge was as vigorous. It was still a high-strung duel while the fifth progressed. Marchand swung a left to the head, and while he held Darcy got busy with both hands. Four times in quick succession did Marchand's efforts cleave the atmosphere only, thanks to Darcy's timely ducking. In charged Marchand again, to be met by a beautifully timed right to the jaw, which I think was the beginning of the end. Marchand. turned and bent over to avoid Darcy's rush, and felt the full weight of a pronounced rabbit-killer. Quickly the fighting shifted to the northern side of the square, and before Marchand could recover Darcy drove a right uppercut home, and assisted his opponent's fall with a left to the jaw. Down dropped the Frenchman, and over he rolled. Mr. Harold Baker had got through a few seconds of the count, when Marchand made a $eat effort to rise and continue, b>-t his legs would not act; he flopped to the floor once more, and a moment or two later battled hard to Teach the perpendicular again. Meanwhile Mr Baker had started the count afresh. Marchand was now fighting against the inevitable. Mind could not beat matter in that position. Nature absolutely refused her office. The plucky fellow's recovery occupied some little time. There were people who looked with suspicion upon the beaten boxer's manner of going out, but they wronged him. He certainly did get some heavy punishment in those lalst several seconds.To fight Les Darcy is like fighting a gorilla. He is terribly strong, made of iron. He could beat any middleweight in the world, and he could even beat Carpentier!
Henri Marchand

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Colonist, Volume LVI, Issue 13526, 21 July 1914, Page 5THE SYDNEY STADIUM.
Sydney, July 20.
In a contest on Saturday night at the Stadium between Fritz Holland (America) and Les Darcy (Maitland), the American was awarded the decision on points.
There have been several rowdy scenes at the Stadium lately. A section, objecting to the decision on Saturday night, when 17,000 people were present, not content with howling,, shouting and hustling, commenced throwing bottles and other missiles and lighted paper in various parts of the building and shouting, "Burn the place down."
The lights were turned out and hoses brought into play, the audience making a hurried exit. The rowdy element resumed the demonstrations outside, smashing windows and throwing stones on the roof.
Eventually the police dispersed the crowd.

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NZ Truth , Issue 484, 26 September 1914, Page 6HOLLAND WINS AGAIN.
Tardy Penalty Follows Darcy's Flagrant . Fonls. , Maitland Blacksmith Shocks Most . ' Ardent Supporters. It seemed as- though half the police force of Greater Sydney was m and around the Rushcutter Bay Stadium on Saturday night week; says the Sydney "Sportsman," but, bar the forcible ejectment of a pair of indiscreet .individuals, the immense contingent had nothing more strenuous to perform than watch the fight and 'exchange erroneous opinions on its incidents. It' was only after- a terrible lot of urging and persuasion, particularly! by "The Sportsman," that the young East Maitland blacksmith's apprentice, Les Darcy, was given a chance of 'a fight at the Stadium and drew the biggest crowd that ever trammed that huge amphitheatre. He' wasn't ' provided with a "lemon" either, but was stacked up against no less clever and experienced a performer ■ ■_______■___■_■-_-_■_ p mi I I p___^wf~i m IM ill . , , I
than the Californian middleweight, Fritz Holland. This, was asking a lot of a mere country youth. of 18, and he lost by a small margin of points only, after, a desperate, sustained fight of twenty rounds. That the general public admired Darcy for his dash and continual assault on an impregnable fortress, they gave ample proof when they nearly pulled the Sta- I dium up by the roots on hearing the verdict for Holland. It was that happening ! that superinduced the big police guard so- j much m evidence on the second occasion. I Darcy got another chance at Holland] on Saturday night week, when they again I met m friendly rivalry at the Rushcutter | Bay convincing ground, and the public j rolled up m great force to see the question of supremacy decided. Holland is a j remarkably fine character and Is deser- I vedly popular, but, very naturally, nine- j tenths of the people wanted to see the Australian lad victorious; s and the air was charged with electricity and boomed and vibrated with the buzz of excited talk. The. weights were: Darcy, list 3%1b; Holland, list l&lb. The moment they got together they both let go a punch, Holland getting a heavy right to the jaw. He repeated it a moment later, almost bringing Darcy to his knees. In the close m work he up- , per-cut with the right, and then, standing off again, smashed his right to the | cheekbone. Suddenly Darcy cut loose j and, driving Holland to the ropes, shook { him' badly with two vicious lefts and a right- cross. Fritz ' was fighting ; much more fiercely than on the previous occasion, and, as a result of Holland's smashing rights, the Maitlander' s left eye was nearly closed towards the end of the round. It was Holland's round. Round two. Holland tried a right, but it was stopped, and a punch brought a trickle of claret from his mouth. Each m turn landed a heavy right to the jaw. Holland crouched and drove two tremendous rights home one to the body and the other to the jaw. In the clinches Darcy punished the ribs with his right, to the accompaniment of cries of "Good boy, Les." Fritz began to keep away more than In the previous round, and was not hitting so confidently. An even round. Next round both led lefts repeatedly out of distance, then charging m, Darcy put the left to the body decidedly low. Holland stood laughing and fpolinf at the boy, then smashed a hard left to the face, drawing blood from mouth and nose. Darcy shot a straight left, to the mouth and blocked Holland's right m return. He punished Holland, and one went low, but Holland made no complaint. He is one of the fairest fighters we have seen. Les was hitting everywhere and anywhere, whilst Fritz's less frequent blows were more effective. The scoring was about equal. , Round four. Darcy's left repeatedly .found the face, but Fritz began to fight more carefully. Darcy kept forcing the fighting, and ,as Holland stood blocking him he got the right very heavily to tho jaw, the Californian clinching to save himself further trouble. Away, he got left and right to face and body, and blocked Les*s right, swung with all his . power. Holland's cool retreat' frequently | made Les miss. Nevertheless the round went to the Maitland lad. I Darcy went after his man furiously m the fifth, and Holland was hard put to defend himself. In his inch by inch retreat he put two ugly left hooks to Les's ! jaw. Still, he could not stop the lad's advance, and the fight , raged all round the ring. Darcy was fighting somewhat wildly, and his left eye was very black and puffed, still he never wavered. He made furious attempts to land effective punches, but he was baulked at every point. Holland's round. mmwmmmmmmmwmmmmmtmmm^matmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmam

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i y..i,..._- r • ; Holland fought cannily m the sixth, blocking Darcy's leads, and smashing a terrific right to advance with deadly purpose. Five times Darcy jabbed at the retreating face with his left, and five times it was evaded. Holland was fighting very carefully, and taking no unnecessary risks. . ■_ v • In the seventh, Darcy had bad luck with two beautiful'" swings for the jaw, and Fritz got a heavy right to the body. The boy was fighting somewhat wildly, but, suddenly cutting loose, tore m, and while Holland held his right arm he flailed the neck and side of the head with his, left. The attitudes of the two men were remarkable, Darcy skipping to his chair like a school kid, and Holland lounging towards his as though entering a ball room. Both, however, had done a considerable amount of their dash. Retreating round the ring, . Holland hooked the ear twice m the eighth, and Les again got low with his left. The youngster begari to use his head a bit, and did not stop so many of Holland's blows with his face. Once, however, Fritz measured well, and chopped a nasty right to the ear, and placed both hands on the body. Holland's round. From this till the wretched conclusion the fight went on grimly and with vary- ■ Ing fortunes. Lefts and rights, short, to the belly, and his own struggles, caused Darcy to blow a good deal. In the tenth the boy went In for boxing and landed fully a dozen of Matt Wells-like left lovetaps to the dial. It was the dullest round of the fight In the eleventh Darcy again" landed one low, but the chivalrous Calif ornlan disdained to make any protest; though everybody but Referee Harald Baker saw the 1 punch land. Darcy worried Holland all around the ring and the Yankee felt very weary and the Maitlander owned this and the twelfth pretty comfortably. People were prophesying a speedy finish, with Les on top, when Holland strolled out for the Devil's round and surprised them and Darcy by his fiery hitting that drew the claret m streams from Darcy's nose and mouth, while one whole-souled, snappy hook to the chin nearly knocked the head off Les. It was easily the American's round. Holland continued to attack m the fourteenth. His left shot into the bruised, swollen and bleeding face with frequency, precision, and force. Les fought back with a tender smile, drove lefts to the face that brought the ruby m streams from Holland's nose and cuffed both lugs with a left and right double. Plunging after his man, however, he ducked low and butted him heavily, fair on the shield. Holland winced and set his teeth m pain, but never so much as looked at the referee or said 'a word of complaint to his opponent.' They both ducked swings very cleverly, m the fifteenth, which was equal, but m the sixteenth the Village blacksmith again hit low with the left. This time he offered the hand of apology and Holland, accepted it courteously, though the crows' now hooted Darcy ominously. A moment later -he further disgraced'himself, however, by banging an up-sweep to the crutch. Holland bent under the blow, with agony m his expression, and, falling forward, 1 was stood'onhis head by Darcy's up-llf t of his lower body and thighs. He appeared, really, to be trying to save Fritz the fall. . When the Teferee ran round Darcy, every soul -m the crowd expected to see him pat Holland on the head, as. he lay, and acclaim him' winner 'on a foul. The greater .the surprise then, when .he commenced to count and waved Darcy back. At "four" the Californian, seeing that his mute protest was useless, staggered to his feet, and, bent over In indisputable pain, he reeled across to meet the. foe, who promptly lifted a left Into the same prohibited spot. The house was seething by this time, and m the old days the ring would have been rushed by righteously angry advocates of fair play. . Undeterreu by his frequent escapes, or perhaps incited to foul work by the inaction of the official, Darcy struck lowagain m the seventeenth, and this time Holland made a vigorous . appeal to the referee. Finding it unavailing, he sailed into the offender and battered him heavily, easily pla!cing the. round to his credit. The . eighteenth had not been m progress thirty seconds before Darcy, closing m on a fast hitting opponent, brought the left up from behind the buttock and landed it fair m the fork. A perfect roar of hoots and execration followed, while Holland turned pale and could scarcely voice his appeal. This time the referee saw what everybody else had seen all along, and whipping between the mon, ordered Darcy to. his corner and proclaimed Holland winner on a foul. Holland was cheered to the echo, the few who hooted Darcy stopping to join the chorus, but when the winner had cleared to his room and Darcy rose to leave the ring the hooting was tremendous. The only possible excuse for Darcy's Jow hitting with the left lies m the fact that his left eye was so nearly closed that he may not have been able to judge the direction of his hits. It is hardly possible to believe that he struck at the same illegal spot so -often, with set deliberation; the less so as he had an almost oven chance up to the time of the catastrophe.

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NZ Truth , Issue 507, 6 March 1915, Page 10SYDNEY STADIUM STOUSH.
Darcy v. Loughrey. Two Real Boxers. Les Wins Exciting Mill on Points. (By Special C,abie.) Les Darcy, tho Maitland middleweight, was pitted against Frank Loughrey, the American lad with the punch that laid iron-jawed Pat Bradley out, at the Sydney Stadium on Saturday last. In anticipation of a good go, 12..000 fans showed up and they were not disappointed. ' Les YDarcy weighed list 31J>, and Frank Loughrey went lOst 91b. The American fought fiercely throughout the twenty bitter rounds, but Dave Bmlth's polish on the Maitlander was very apparent, and Darcy left the ring absolutely unmarked, while Loughfey's face -was badly swelled. He had a cut under the left eye which nearly closed that optic, and his lips were also badly burst The Yankee put up a splendid battle, but Darcy was his master throughout. He waa compelled to do his absolute best to defend himself. Tho verdict was for Darcy, and it aroused intense enthusiasm. Both men were as fit as hands could wake them. Darcy has been training for A long time with Dave Smith, and the champion has taught him much. Loughrey is very little older than Darcy, and though he is a freer, and maybe harder hitter, he is not quite as skilful as the Maitland boy. They made an ideal match m every way. What they themselves thought of their chances is shown by the fact that both of them have put up side wagers of 100. The conditions required that they should weigh not more than list lb at ringside, so that each was able to.go inside the ropes at his full If eight and strength.

10-19-2011, 02:39 AM
NZ Truth , Issue 534, 11 September 1915, Page 3AUSTRALIAN BOXING
Murray Too Hard to bo Knocked
(By Special Cable.)
A great crowd rolled up to the Sydney Stadium on Saturday night last, when Les Darcy was called upon to defend his title as middleweight champion of the world against the American Fighting Billy Murray, whose recent form m Brisbane stamped him as being tho best available against the young West Maitland blacksmith. The welghta announced were: Darcy 11.5, and Murray I_L6. By continual clinching and hugging during tho twenty rounds, Murray stayed tho whole journey, but, despite these tactics, Darcy outpolntod and outfought tho American ln every round, ultimately getting the decision. Little, If any, damago was done; all Darcy showed at the conclusion being a slightly damaged noae. In the latter stages of the contest the champion had Murray very groggy, but owing to tho American's extraordinary hardness, the youngster could not send ovor a knock|OUt, -

10-19-2011, 02:43 AM
NZ Truth , Issue 475, 25 July 1914, Page 10
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From the days when ho started fighting as a featherweight, right through his growth, until to-day, Les Darcy has been sensational, usually stopping his man m short order by means of his hard hitting — for he hits -with tremendous force with either hand, and without the slightest evidence of exertion. A jolt from Les Is more effective than a huge swing from other men, even if it is not as, spectacular. His only reverse was a points decision over him, given by Arthur Scott, to Bob White - law, a cunning veteran, with an advantage then of abaut 101 b, who met the boy at a disadvantage through illness; and that Les wiped off a few weeks back by knocking Bobble out m the 1 fifth round of their return match at Newcastle. He has only shown m Sydney twice before,* 5 at the Olympia, where, on January 5 last, ho made London Jack Clarke, one of the hardest of men to men to beat, turn it up m tho ninth round, saying that he couldn't hit Darcy, and couldn't possibly win — so what was the use of getting punched to pieces? (he had been knocked clean off his feet four times); and again on January 30, when he banged the tough "Young Hanley" about for four and ahalf rounds, end then put him out of action. As a fact, he was out at tho end of tho first round, only that tho gong saved him at "seven." Such is the boy — he is not ninoteen years old yet — who faced tho Callfornlan on Saturday night last. That he already had a host of friends m Sydney, and that his fame had Bpread, was shown when ho was introduced at tho Stadium on the night of tho Clabby-McGoorty fight, and the great crowd fairly rose at him and his boyish,
winning smile.

10-22-2011, 05:24 AM
NZ Truth , Issue 576, 1 July 1916, Page 11
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Les Darcy and Dave Smith. The Pupil's Punches Too Powerful. Knock-out m the Twelfth Round. (By Special Cable.) Who helped to make Les Darcy middleweight champion of the world, and heavyweight champion of Australia? All of the boxing critics of Sydney, that is to say, the boxing experts, of the newspapers, claim that they "discovered" Les Darcy, and certainly "Boxer- Major," of the "Sydney Sportsman" has more claim to the "discovery" than any other writer of the press, but the real maker of Les Darcy, the boxer who discovered that Les Darcy had all the potentialities of a champion, the boxer who helped to develop the latent science, and to bring to perfection the rugged strength of Les Darcy, is with^ out a shadow of a doubt, Dave Smith. Dave Smith took Darcy m hand at a time when failure to make good on Darcy's part would have meant that the young world's champion of. to-day would never have been heard of. Smith took him m hand when he had not reached the threshold of that phenom-" enal success which has since attended Darcy. Smith was for a long time associated with Darcy, during which victory after victory attended the efforts of the young and raw . West Maltlander. Then tiame a time when they parted, and with that parting came that bitter feeling that somehow, unfortunately, enters into and destroys the soul of friendship., Barcy kept on climbing the tree of success. Smith had retired from active ring work/and though many ventured to compare the prowess ' ot~ this truly marvellous pair, none thought it possible that the time would arrive when master and pqpil should enter the ring and there decide whether the man who can be credited with teaching the pupil all that he knew wa3 m reality as good as the pupil who proved so apt to learn. ...... The opportunity did present Itself last Saturday night at , the Sydney Stadium, and, naturally, there was not v vacant seat m tbo huge building. The pair met for the heavyweight championship of Australia, which Smith had won from big Bill Lang. Though he had emergod from a retirement into which he should not have entered, Smith was obliged to climb up a bit. He, wa first given the task of boating Jimmy, Clabby ,at middle weights, but m 'thin he failed, though the decision was a dubious and disappointing one. Had the decision been otherwise, Smith would have been matched to meet Darcy for the middleweight championship of the world, because he gave It out that he alone knew how to fight Darcy, inasmuch us
he had taught Darcy all that he knew. Baulked In that direction, viz., of meeting Darcy for the middleweight championship of the world, Smith was set another task and proved equal to it by defeating m an easy and hollow fashion, big Colin Bell, who has his ttye on the heavyweight championship of Australia, which Darcy had won by defeating the holder, Harold Hard wick. Therefore, Smith was m the ponition of having to tight for a title which he had been dispossessed of only by reason of his retirement. When they met at the Sydney Sltadium on Saturday night, the weights' announced were, Darcy 11.6, Smith 11.8. Never had a more natty pair of healthy, strong-limbed and lunged athletes adorned the ring of the Stadium, and for once, by way of a chamge, the opinions of the fans were about equally divided on the chances of either, man. . , Smith from the commencement fought a glorious flght, and certatnly made good his claim that he knew an the tricks that Darcy had concealed m either arm.. lndeed, Smith soon showed that he was' superior to Darcy as a boxer, and his skill was demonstrated over and over again, as he landed on the vulnerable spots of the champion. But Smith's science availed him little. Punch as he did or could he could make no impression on the youngster, who returned with interest all that he had got, and these punches had telling force behind them which soon began to tell on Smith. ' Dave continued to hold his own, and more than his own, from a points view, but his punches did not even jar the champion, who belaboured away, and adopted the wearing-out or attrition system on the "old master." By the time that the twelfth round had arrived, Smith's efforts had told their tale on himself, not on Darcy, who was fighting vigorously and confidently. The heavy punches which had landed on Smith now began to take effect, and it was early apparent that the end was not far off. It was not. In the middle of the round the youngster became demoniacal. He rushed Smith, swung right and left to the face, and these put finish to Smith's ambition to prove that master was the master. Amidst ! the greatest excitement, Smith dropped and wao counted out All that can be said, has been said. Smith fought gloriously. He w*s not outclassed. He simply proved that youth will bo served, that the time arrives when pupil supplants master. That Smith's great effort was appreciated was shown by the cheers which were given him when he left the ring. He Is matched to meet Buck Crouse on the evening of July 8, and can then be upon to prove that if unequal to:beat Darcy. he is equal If not superior to the recent importations from America.

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NZ Truth , Issue 577, 8 July 1916, Page 11
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Dandy Darcy Dux. /Dave Smith's Splendid Offensive! Wonderful Combat Ends m the Twelfth (From "Truth's" Ringside Rep.) When Dave Smith, who had so honorably won and" so gallantly held the Australian mid-heavy and heavyweight championships, decided to retire "with all his blushing honors thick upon him," and took m hand Les Darcy, the lad he recognised as a worthy successor, few thought that the pair would ever meet iin a real battle for supremacy m the 1 .ring. But times change arid Smith, having embarked m weighty enterprises, found himself casting longing eyes at the huge crowds which Darcy brought to the Stadium, and reflecting on the way his former protege was piling up pelf and swelling hift bank account with every appearance at the worldfamous' convincing ground; and he made up hia mind that' lt was up to him to try if" his -hand had Jost its cunning and his foot Its speed. Satisfied, by heavy tests, that he still possessed his old attributes, he met his ancient friendly foe, Jimmy Clabby. and beat him beyond a question, although .lib did not get the verdict. Then he took on the giant, Colin Bell, and knocked him out after a desperate fight, m which 1 , both men were covered m glory. It was a Titanic, terrible tussle and that Smith came out victoriously over immense- odds was a remarkablo feat, , Then Dave, still after those sovereigns, allowed himsolf to be matched with hIH cx-pupll, the middleweight champion of the- world, Lea Darcy, with whom ho had put up those wonderful spurs o,t Stadium matinees, bennlUs, etc.. to say nothing of grim "out-fpr-keeps" four rounders m the training quarters, and they signed articles for a contest that was to decldo supremacy. It came off at the Rushcutter Bay Stadium on .Saturday night. June 24, and attracted an Immense uttendanco. Hoth men had well-recognised, the 'likelihood of a fierce, strenuous eonteat, ami both men trained to the minute. Thoy had shown great form at the miitir.ee on the previous Thursday, and Smith'H remark lo Darcy, aa ho j left Ihf place on that afternoon, was oharacteiiHllv. ! "So long, I.t's; I'll hoc you on Saturday," said the grout New Zwihinder: anil the Mnitland boy laughed as he responded, "So long. Dave. We'll meet latey on." Tho nttondance was >normou3, every atom of seating being occupied. Outside, tho ticcne was a remarkably animated one, and inside it was one sea of pink faeos. JSvery section of tho community was represented at the ringside. Smith amply boro out the fine reputation for skill and gamenefis he has bo well earned, and put up about tho host fight he has evr delighted a crowd with; and that Ih Haying a frreat deal. He' set Darey a merry tuno, nnd wft undoubtedly leading on points yhcn tho youutf chiimpinn'a continual efforts to land a wobbleindueer wcro rewarded and he pot tho right hand to tho jaw, side of the head and nock. Juat under tho oar. wallops that stupefied Dave nnd laid him opnn to n snorting hook to tho point i hot put him down and out about Y.o( wny through" the twelfth round. . It wiih nn extraordinary fljslu und on (> that thoroughly tester Durcy's
right to bo acclaimed as the greatest middleweight m the world; while it brought more glory to Smith than many a victory might have done. Both men boxed as coolly and friendly as if they were merely "makin' it willin' " m a training spar. Frequently Darcy laughed his appreciation of the brilliant blocking and evasion of his warmest wallops, by Smith, while the former would look whimsically at his erstwhile pupil as though to say: "That's, one you didn't get past, young 'un." Darcy often wore a look of amused surprise when his best efforts were blocked, back or headmoved; and it was not until the tenth round that his expressive face assumed that tense look of concentrated force and intent that usually warns his opponent that he has made up his mind to finish it; as a troublesome task to be gotten through with as quickly as possible. As long as Smith's pace lasted and he could prevent those devilish well-timed and well -aimed whacka , from reaching his head— to any serious effecthe kept' control of the fight from a points aspect; though all through everybody seenied to take- it. for granted that it was only a matter of time when the abnormally strong Darcy would get his lithe, elusive and always dangerous foe. Dave hit Les as the champion has rarely been hit- — if he ever was hit so often — but never for one moment so much as to cause him to dwell m his incessant attack. Perfect rights, fair to the point, only made a hot flush come to Darcy's cheeks and a blue flame to leap from his eyes. He seems absolutely impervious, to' punishment, and the man who can out Les Darcy' hasn't been born yet. Smith has nothing to be ashamed of.

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THE FIGHT BY ROUNDS. Darcy entered the ring to the. tune of a tremendous amount of cheering, at two minutes past the half hour. Dave Smith followed, and the cheering was, if anything, more emphatic, a tremendous yell going round the whole house. Darcy had Mick Hawkins, Harry and. Sid Pearce,' and a stranger. In Smith's corner were George Axford, Kearney, Snowy Smiles and Charley Martin. The weights were: Darcy, list 11 St 61b; Smith, list 11 St. 8/4 lb. Arthur Scott was referee. Round One. Darcy led a left that Smith blocked and crossed to the jaw beautifully; but without effect. They went into a clinch, and Smith drove his left to the mark an elegant punch. They got into holds again, and Darcy ripped up the left to the mouth. They were separated, and Les landed two or , three terrible punches, and Smith, on the ropes, appeared to be m trouble. But he kept his head, smiled m Darcy's face, and Jabbed the left to the nose. But Darcy landed both hands with terrific force, and Smith was unquestionably in trouble. Dave drove a left to the mouth; Darcy used his powerful short left and right to the side of the head. Davo was very clever; but Darcy landed repeated punches, and blocked Smith's left swing, his favorite punch. They got into holds, Dave backing away, and Darcy landed the right to the jaw very hard. They got into clinches again, and Dave went to his corner with the skin off his nose, and a trickle of blood therefrom. At the same time he had fought a remarkable round against suqh a terrible opponent. If he had fought McGoorty like this, he would have won for a certainty. The clock went drunk, and they gave the rounds wilh the oldfashioned cards. Hound Two.Darcy rushed to close quarters. Smith claimed his arms, and> as they broke landed a lovely left to the nose. Dave backed away and swung his left for "the Jaw. but was blocked, lint ho had better luck with a short right -to the chin. They got into clinches, and Les worked his usual short left and right upper cuts but Dave beautifully' blocked him. So far It woa no one-sided tight. Standing oiT, Dave jubbed his left to the nose and brought tho right across very heavily to the jaw, and a great shout of applause went up. F or a moment they were m clinches, then they broke, and Darcy threw a, tremendous right to the ear, and Smith staggered away Ho went round the ropes, hitting out with grout courage; but with no earthly hope, for the Maitlander whacked ! him everywhere with both hands tor- < rlblo short jolts to both jaws, ami : when the bell rang Smith wont to hit; corner with a look on his face at- i much as to say, "I'm done " Round Three. Smith clinched immediately. So far Darey hadn't a murk, und Smith's, right io the Jaw, a rwilly hard punch, never Interfered' with hh; ■ cool confidence. Leu laughed In Smith* face, und In tho holds whanged the right to tho body and the left up to | tho jaw. They broke and Darcy put a j terrible rifcht to the body. Hlh humls ! were working all tho time a.s usual, j and Dave, looked beaten already al- ! though he wmt full of pluck, and n'tlek- i Ing out a beautiful left that caught i Purity repeatedly on tho momo; i, lU ; tiutl ho e-ffeci whatever. The boy inner lumk'<| :i blow timt didn't hurt titnlth'H beautiful Btralht loft Jantlcii three Union straight to the mouth, anil t he right en mo acrutix to the, Jaw; 'lint Harp- never trembled.' Darcy back.-! Dave to ihe western ropoa ami brought Uu> rlifht ucroHH with R-roat force to lht Jaw, and Smith's knet'.M tremble,!. Ht> backed uway again to tho mini*place and mvung n perfect left to the our. it Hplondld punch that would hdv. dropped mont men, but Darcy never flinched. And n he sot. his man i<> tin? ropoH. Stnith landed a heavy uppercut, but Darcy never lost hl snilltfor one Inittnnt. Itound Four. Dnve slithered aroun-i the wetitern ropes, nnd when Jjan >■ ruHhed m he Jabbeil him on thn iwa-'--and brought the right acrotw to n.,. chin real hurd; but ho couldn't nhiik" Dorcy. Then he held on, and Ui"jv wna nothing doing for n few inunu'in < for Smith's clulmlnK ami hloeUinwere too good. Th^n ho jabbei] thleft to the mouth. Dnrey charged m after a clinch, put the loft to tlw f;-<;--hard. A moment later Scot I jmlN-.i T>arcy'rt jjiove jiwuy from n rip ?c> Uiu armpit. A lon* clinch <*niu*<l. during uhloh Smith put the left i:ji U thfl' tvutith newrfil tltueH. ilttiwim: blood. So Car, Dnrey waa having urn
of the toughest fights of his career, and he could not land that terrible blacksmith hammer-blow to the loin because of Smith's cleverness. They stood off, and Smith swung two tremendous blows, which Darcy just backmoved. A moment later Smith landed both hands heavily to the jaws, and the crowd broke into a tremendous cheer. Smith went to his corner smiling, with a look of confidence; Darcy looked puzzled, as much as to say, "I haven't got him yet." There was a touch of blood on Darcy's left eyebrow, and Hawkins treated tho small cut with collodion. Round Five. They got into grips at once. Broken, Dave backed away, closely watching Darcy, and put a beautiful left to tho nose. He was fighting remarkably well. Darcy made desperate efforts to land his terrific punches that had got so many men; but Dave was too clever, and the right particularly was taken under the arm and round on the shoulder, while he drove his own left repeatedly to the face. It was a fight worth going a thousand miles to see, and anybody who thought that Smith was an easy sacrifice must have been satisfied that they had made a big mistake. Time and again Darcy threw his right hand with frightful force, but couldn't get it there, while Dave's left never missed the face. In close Smith blocked beautifully, and as they broke put a tremendous right to the mouth. In all Darcy's career he was never blocked as he was m this fight. Smith seemed to anticipate every blow. Round Six. After a bit of close work, Smith put a tremendous right to the jaw, rousing a wild cheer. Going round the ring he landed pretty heavily with the right; but Les caught him with a lovely right to the jaw. They clinched and mutually separated and Dave jabbed the left to the nose. Another clinch and neither could land a blow. Smith backmoved, making Darcy miss with both hands; but at tho second try Les put a right heavily to the body. A moment later he repeated it to the jaw. It was a great fight, so far. When Smith uppercut the right to the mouth Ihe raised a wild cheer. Darcy was putting all bin eggs m one baaket, a right aimed at the jaw, but Dave was too clever to allow it to come off. It wag a real scientific battle, so 'far, In | which Smith had landed better punches. Hound Seven. They went Into clinches immediately. Smith was like indiarubber on his feet, getting away from Les's charges, and when they were m holds Darcy couldn't land a punch. Darcy jabbed him on the nose and hooked him on the jaw two lovely punches without any return. Dave drove a tremendous right to the face, which Les Half head-moved, and it glanced off his nose. His control of Darcy's anus was something amazing, though now and again the Maitland youngster tore the right loose, and whipped it quickly to the jaw. They stood off and boxed. Smith landed lefts to the face and a right to the jaw; but Darcy got m, whacked his deadly left hook to the jaw and chin, and Smith began to look pretty sad. Dave was bleeding from the nose, and from that cut on the bridge thereof, and when Les went after him with a determination for a k.0., Smith went to the northern ropes and the end appeared to be m sight, but he smothered up well, jabbed his left to the face and returned to his corner covered with glory. Round Eight. Dave's shooting left was pushed up over Darcy's head, and a moment later Les stuffed his own left to the eye. They got into a long clinch and Scott slapped them both on the back to break. The moment they separated, Dave came back with his lovely double, and the house yelled with delight. His boxing was perfect, and Darcy began to look angry. From another clinch Dave broke and put the left and right to the body- a beautiful double. In a clinch ho brought the right across to the jaw hard; but Darcy paid him with a wicked hook that made his head bob. Darcy went after him with fury m his eye and the devil m his fist but Smith managed to evade everything except one wicked left to the jaw that steadied him. In a long clinch it was Smith wtio landed pretty tough body punishment with both hands. Round Nine. There was a clinch, a lot of pushing around and then Dave landed a heavy right to the ear. Darcy hung on; but when they separated Dave drove the left to the mouth, and Les came m with his two short chops. Smith boxed round him, landed the right heavily to the body several times, and m close work uppercut with the left to the face. Eventually, Dave pushed Darcy off, and when the boy rushed he hooked him beautifully to ! the jaw and brought tho right up 'to face. Darcy got very earnest and rushed, smashing the right to the jaw; but a moment later Smith's right came over very hard to the same spot. They sparred off and Darcy led the right, landing on tho ear a nasty punch. A second Inter Dave uppercut to the face ! and then cntno Darcy's blacksmith whack with tho rifjht to the temple. Separated again, Darcy brought the right to the Jaw, hard. It didn't travel more than a. foot; hut it Jarred all the same, and Smith went to his corner looking dejected. So far, barring theft slight cut over the eyebrow, Darey waj unmarked, while Smith had v very bad face. y

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Round Ten.— They got Into a clinch immediately, backing around the ring-, and the first to land a blow was Smith, a very pretty right half-uppercut to the jaw. But Darcy paid no attention to it. He seemed Impervious to Dave's best punches, and was fighting just aa
brightly as when he started. When Dave tried to uppercut him m a clinch he blocked him with perfect ease and enormous strength. At the same time Dave stopped Darcy's efforts with beautiful precision. Les backed away to tho western ropes, and Dave slung the left and right to both jaws with great force, but not without effect. It was the first time in Darcy's career that he had been rendered so helpless m the clinches. He simply appeared to be unable to find Smith's face, whereas with other opponents he usually chopped the features off them in the close work. This long clinch ended very much in Smith's favor, for he landed repeated punches, whereas Darcy was blocked m every effort. At the same time the Maitland boy was absolutely clean and fresh, while Dave was a somewhat sorry spectacle. ---Round Eleven. — Darcy rushed, and Smith went Into a clinch. They struggled together. Parted momentarily, Darcy's right landed with tremendous force on Smith's ear. They got together, and neither could hit the other. Separated again, Darcy came very heavily with the right to the jaw, and a second later Les's left caught Smith a cruel punch under the ear. It seemed now as if the fight couldn't last much longer, for Smith was weary, and Darcy as fresh as paint. Dave beautifully evaded Darcy's left and right, a perfect marvel of work it was, and left Darcy looking foolish on the western ropes. Dave sprang m instantly with both hands going like flails, but Les was too clever and Dave couldn't land. They were in holds when the bell rang, and both were whipping up ugly little uppercuts.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Round Twelve. — Smith came out looking white and weary, but moved round Darcy with active foot and keen eye. Darcy stepped m close and hooked hard at the jaw, but Dave took it sliding down his arm, and clinched. They broke by mutual consent, and both found the nose with short, stiff jabs. Then Darcy, jiggling in on his toes, changed his attack, reaching over with a smashing right, so swiftly delivered as to beat's Dave's guard badly. It landed above the ear with a dull thud that attested its weight; and Dave fell into a clinch, looking stupid and sagging at the knees. Darcy pushed him off and instantly whanged the right at the jaw again. Again it went a bit wide, landing on the neck just under the ear, a stunning blow. Bang came Darcy's right again, fair on the butt of the jaw, and the left hook that shot like a flash of light, fair on the point, was hardly required, as Dave was going down, stunned, as it were. He curled up at Darcy's feet, dead to the count, and still lay there when Scott, having crowned the winner, Les bounded over, with an anxious regard m his eyes, and started to raise his fallen foe. Smith's seconds relieved, the champion — now also indisputably heavyweight champion of Australia as well as middleweight champion of the world — of his kindly task, and in five more seconds Dave rose from his chair and heartily patted Darcy's shoulder in congratulation, while the younger man pumped Dave's duke and smiled all round in recognition of the cheering. When Smith left the ring he was cheered to the echo for his gallant fight against the inevitable. ------------------------------------http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=15&ved=0CDMQqQIwBDgK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpaperspast.natlib.govt.nz%2Fcgi-bin%2Fpaperspast%3Fa%3Dd%26d%3DNZTR19160708.2.58.3&ei=U42iTv3iHcugmQXb-cigCQ&usg=AFQjCNEhWPpGrDOsgrClCAZHOuKZpvt0_Q&sig2=l8pzJJk0zpp494Ns7b1_mQ

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This is one of the funniest things I have read in boxing......... Alex "I go by boat now, Crouse (Buck), he soon follow" COSTICA....... the Americans really put the wind up this guy...... LOL article.

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10-22-2011, 07:06 AM
NZ Truth , Issue 588, 23 September 1916, Page 11
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The Champion Wins on Points.
When world-champion Les Darcy and America's absolute best and cleverest middle-weight/Jimmy Clabby, met for tho first time, on October 23, 1915, the former ecaled 11.5%, and Clabby 10.13%, and they were very properly and reasonably announced as boxing for tho middle-weight championship of the world, writes "Truth's" Sydney Stadium ringside rep. Darcy won a sound decision on points from Referee Arthur Scott, who that night again took his place as third man m the ring, for' the first time since, the night of February 14, 1914, when Eddie McGoorty got his award over Jeff Smith, and there was a very fair imitation of a riot Les won comfortably; but Clabby was far from being outclassed. It was a brilliant contest, though the clover young man from Hammond — a town m "the Hoosier State" that Clabby put upon the map — appeared more than once to be on the slide that ends m knock-out, and though Darcy had the margin of points m eighteen out of the twenty rounds, Jimmy not only stayed it through, but made a most sensational finish. He probably hit Darcy harder during the last three rounds .than he had done at any part of the fight; which, seeing that his face was; badly damaged, and that he had received a terrible past- Ing, spoke volumes for his courage and condition. That state of affairs was a good argument m favor of another match between the pair. Both men had trained carefully, and though Darcy made a slight demur at being asked on rather short notice to fight at the 1601 b limit, he was easily persuaded, and did not experience the least trouble on that head, being practically down to the limit, and without any strain on his constitution, such as artificial sweats and drying-out undoubtedly arc. Clabby is at his best at just around 1541 b, so his troubles about weight-making 1
They were under a forfeit of 250 not to exceed the 1601 b limit, and Daley's friends got a. bit of a. scare when he got on the official scales at 7 o'clock and found he was two ounces over the; list 61bsv But to get up a sweat and have a hard rub was the work of but a few minutes, and at the weighing hour, 7.30, he just drew the 1601bs. It is , quite time that fractions of a pound were cut out of the weighing of boxers. It should be understood and agreed that a man who is bound to, say, l4olbs, shall be considered as doing that weight if, being found a shade over, he still does not draw 1411 b. These halves and quarters are absolutely farcical; and that a man should risk 250, or any sum, for two or four ounces, is monstrous. The attendance was very large, though there were bare patches on the terraces, and many of the onetime regulars, but recent absentees, returned to their allegiance. In these circumstances it is regrettable to have to say that the fight was by no mean's a good exhibition of Queensberry boxing, and a very bad one for the pictures. This was owing to the fact that Clabby, remembering the tough time he had had with Darcy, last October, declined to box m the open, and grabbed and held on every timo he found L.es going for him with the hot stuff. As a fact it was the least Interesting fight we have ever seen Darcy engaged m. He was not at his best, m any case, but Clabby's clingful tactics made him look worse than he was. A head-bump, followed by a snappy hook, slightly broke the skin on the side of Darcy's nose. In the fifth round, and It seemed to have hurt that organ inside, too, for he snuftled a lot m his chair, and appeared to have difficulty m breathing through it; while when Clabby upperc.ut heavily to the face, m the sixth, tho ruby instantly streamed from the damaged nose. This appeared to ease the obstruction, and thenceforward Darcy was himself again; though it was not until the ninth round that he began to overpower Clabby's opposition; which had been good enough to enable him to score even m rounds 5 and 7. With these exceptions Darcy won every round, and had a {very heavy balance to his credit at the close. From tho eleventh session there was only one man m it, and that was the twenty-year-old champion of tho world, who several times rocked his man so badly as to have a k.p. within his grasp, only to be frustrated by Clabby desperate cling-for-life. He had to be torn off by main strength m the 13th, at the close of which the attendant, wiping up the .ring, went down on a solid gold tooth that glistened m the centre, but had just previously shone resplendent as part of Clabby's smile. In the seventeenth, so badly was Jimmy used up that ho quite "lost his head," and Darcy got a butt which might have seriously injured him.
Saturday night next, at the Sydney Stadium, George Chip and Les Darcy.

11-02-2011, 04:05 PM
''Buck" Crouse Humbled Bj
Australian Champion
THE "New York Police Gazette," in bolstering' the
Mike .Gibbons bluff foi- I^s. Darcy's world;middle-
weight title:-"While tlie Australian champion may
?be .all his adoring; countiymen think hedi's, it is evident
{Kat lie is not a remarkable -hittr."
.VvfV^at:.U^witer was. a^bff/lng.wjr.'frqm: eyer
feeling the weight of Darcy's punchi "Buck" Grouse,
. who had vapored about what hewould do to Darcy,
like a walking edition ol'tliat same, Yankee publica-
tion, suddenly found himself painfully smack up
frairist -it. - ? ; ?' .'
DRCY measured 5ft. 7in., could
make list. 61b.", but few, If any,
mightier .-punchers were ever known
in Australia, few deadlier 'puniskers
ever figured in the world's history,
of the . ring. . .-.
Yet with it all,' this amazing fight
ring machine from Maitland was nome
thinar of a knight' errant of chivalry
in the-' art of t self-defence. A truesportsman in that consciousness "of
power tliat spares the. weaker, to the
bullies he left cheap "killer" reputa-
tion, content -himself to match skill
with skill, glorying in the science o
hi profession and calling on his im-
mens physical resources, and when
driven to meet force with force.
Even the braggadocio of Muster
Grouse failed to disturb his easy
tolerance and good nature, and when
it was represented to him thnt, to
(rive the crowd -their, money's worth,
he should just -box^albhg, for a few
rounds,' he. readily agreed.
. He ,had been called .ort io carry
'o.many of his opponents that it.
had become almost second 'nature,
and In any case, he preferred to
.wade.through'20 rounds if heces
. ssry rather than strike a man "
u senseless st his feet.Fix this text
.Moreover, there was nothing in 'thenervous; demeanour of Crouse, when
they shaped up on the night of June
.I,. 191, io /suggest that here, was
demajiil for the full ' exercise of
Darcy's .powers.
Double Crossed
WITH dil thfe 'AnieVicaiiTslpull in
.'".' the. wefMr^<{,rscif($t?;.J;8i
against ,' lliTs-r^ne' devoted the ' first
couple'of minutes to a'passion for
hugging the Australian like a long
lost brother. . .All Darcy's shaking
him oft! and the-vehemence of the
referee, failed to. break- that limpet
like grip;.until the champion hit him-
self free' with, a-left hook . to. the
mouth which, while relatively light,
V . had a curious. effect. . *............. Apologies for the mistakes, I will have some editing to do

11-02-2011, 04:07 PM
Croiise, with a folly incredible iii
a professional 'of such high repute,
was chewing a wad of ;gum. Dis-:
lodged by the.blow, it struck the can-
vas wih; a. smack that caused, many
ringsit-es to believe he-- hd . lost
several .teeth. lit the light of after
v events, the incident possibly . saved
Crouse froin chokin when his fate
suddenly overtook him. '
Townr.the end;of the. i'Qund,'Dai-cy,
believjn? it all part of, tho game for
spinning 'out the entertainment, al-
lowed1' - -himself/ to be - worked back
against thc ropes; He was indulging
ir. : a vigorous pantomime. of defence
when out'of the corner 'of his eye
he saw a vicious -right- hook Hashing
across to his jaw.
With a * lightning : twist 'of his
head he deflected the punch, buthe felt endujrh"or."its >eight to
convince him' of-the danger he '
had se narrowly* escaped.' "
," The'beU soumled',a'moment later,
incl Darer, suspecting a.double-cross,
?mt back to his. comer seething. , .
Darcy** Fury ^
TN the Bcond- round he-.; quickly.
manoeuvred so that Crouse again
had him in/the. same position. , Again
that wicked right whipped over, but
Darcy this time was ready for it.
Beating it by a split second,
his. left travelled only sis inches
ta Grouse's jaw, but Crouse land
ed on hii shoulder six feet away. !
The .ten thousand ^spectators saw a
Darcy!they had^never. known before.
He was as one : berserk. Scarcelv
had thc American staggered to his
feet at the, count of five than he wasdown 'to another left to the chin.
Too rattled to take advantage of the
count,- he rose again, only to crumple
before another left to the chin.
Fearful of what Darcy's fury might
accomplish, Police Inspector Jones
was' on 'his .feet shouting for the fight
to. stop,'but tn the indescribable pan
dc-mortiurn .his yells' were- lost, and
Referee Arthur. Scott, with his back
to .the officer, went on with his inex-
orable count.
. At eight Crouses's numbed
senses impelled him to a 'last
desperate atteinpt to regain his
feet, but in tte effort he collapsed,
' -and.the battle was over.
SVhether; Darcy -was right or wrong,
in: "hisV suspicions 'that he had been
donbje-crqssed,' Crouse went down
lik'e .a. gallant righter, and no less
gallant was he, next day. in'"joIning
the; ever-widening circle of boxers
who paid tribute to their conqueror's

11-02-2011, 04:08 PM
Crouse's Tribute
*'T; was'at' the mercy ol .the' veatest
fighter. I have .ever- seen," he said.
"I was ' never better-confident,
though arblt- nervous-at first, . But
it all; went for nothing.
*;l had-, thought _.lt impossible for
any man to knock me out. I .'have
mot Jack Dillon, j, who ' repeatedly
landed on. my jaw' without knocking
mu ott my 'ieet. Eddie 'M'Qotrty, one
of this -Jlaffdest- hatters 'ln' tho world;
liv leo iii quick succession i. smashed
his Mmous- lett-.to my-' jaw \,w'itliout
up-ending me. pridd. myself-on
my ability to take punishment-more
than most men. 'Is. it'[to tbe^won
dered that I never, dreamt Vany- mid-
dleweight could win . from ; me'> like
Darcy did? : ? ....>."1 had thought no man could
take my right on the jaw without
i goias* down, if not out. My per-
formances had fooled me into be
'lieving I eeuld knock out any
man. I still think I am some
knocker-out-but not when Darcy
ia at the other end.
? ''I ;was warned cm Saturday night
to claim his right. I,did. But he
. bunged in on the mouth with his left".
,< Oe! What a punch;'but by hanging
on I lived thrungli the round, anti
-back-in my corner I told my seconds
T ; WBB certainly up against some
tighter, whose strength was simply
LES. DARCY, the pupil who be-
came .muter. .-.;>. .M : .
. "But I^Batd.IwSgoing-. ftir ,'Mrri
next round,', and I. did. '- But' he did,
too! : or "- Sr'?
. .."NaturaUy/Iiam- broken up nt; my
apparenly poor'showing; 1 wouldn't
cure about being.'defeated ii 'only -1
could have shown - something ,of : my
true form,. and I hope the sportsmen
of this'couhtry wfll: give mc another
chance.-. I 'don't'mean a 'return
mutch with Darcy. ,'X acknowledge he
is too good."
; Crouse - subsequently ; justified \his
claims by outpointing Slick Kiugiat
Melbourne 'sana 'winning from. Dave
Smith oh a-technical knock-out, only
to be knocked out in his turn when
they met again... ;"'

11-02-2011, 04:10 PM
Asked. how ..Darcy would : cern- .
. pare with Mike Gibbons, Crouse
said: "Even at the 12st. limit I -
would; stake my last dollar on
. . Darcy; ' Great, and all ' Gib-
bons is, I can't,see,him having a
-chance with Darcy at 11.6." Darcy
is Ute daddy of them-all."
; , Dave Smith, former ' heavyweight
champion of Australia, and-until re-
cently ' Darcy's mentor at a , critical
period in the youngster's career, was
Ut this -time staging his great come-
back. On June '10, weighing only
il.iV he 'set ithe seal to-his j-eturii to
the ritig'.byiknocking out'Colin Bell,
13:112, in the 14th round iof Bell's
first Sght. since his trip, abroad.
On Jurie '24, 'at Sydney Stadium.
Smith was, matched with,Darcy for
the Australian.heavyweight,title. It
was , a striking commentary on the
ability of the'big men of the day that
Darcy barely .made the middleweight
limit- of- 11.6/ while Smith; waa only211b." heavier. . ;.
Fourteen ^thousand'. fight fans rolled
up' to see^the 'clashj'of ^these great
champions: ' -tTheir/liast' association
lent anaddedipice.to .this meeting, and
students .of /ring^lore,'recalling how
the mighty'Jem: Belcher inthe bygone
days-of the prize ring, had-gone-down
before'his former, pupil, ? Hen. 'Pearce,
"The Game .Chicken,", wondered if his
tory would- repeat itself. .'It did, but
actually, there was no parellel.
? Belphr had lost the sight of ono
eye when struck by a ball at rackets,
and 'although the perfectly normal
appearance of the damaged optic as-
sisted - him in keeping his dire cal-
amity a secret. Pearce soon sensed
his ; rival's terrible affliction. Such
deadly, use did he make of, his know-
ledge that, gradually but surely, the
proud head,"of the old champion was
humbled to "the dust.There was none of the bitter atmos.
phere of that far-off drama, of the
ring about its Australian counterpart.
Dave-Smith probably had never been
in finer'form, and his speed, before
Darcy's weighty punches slowed him
down, was a marked feature of a not-
able battle. Darcy afterwards admit-
ted in his dressing-room that it-was
the fastest contest of his career.
Pupil Now Master
SPEEDY as Darcy had become under
the ? tuition ' of this . same . Dave
-Smith, he-found himself in the early
rounds ; repeatedly beaten to the
punch. The ex-champion exploited a
driving left :to the face such as only
a few, weeks before" had sent Colin
Bell staggering across the ring. Darcy
took -.them- all with a grin, and kept
boving.in.. ' .;r : i
But Smith was equally brilliant iii
defence, and dazzling headwerk or
deft movements of the forearms nulli-
fied many- a forceful attack. At in-
fighting, too, he hehl his, own, but

11-02-2011, 04:14 PM
Darcy -was not to; be denied, and
heavy swines" to the body with either
hand steadily took their-toll. -Several
times Smith ..was .driven around,, the
ring, and the seventh round saw the
beginning of the end.
Smith missed with a right, and in a
flash Darcy crashed his own right to
the head. Smith staggered and strove
desperately to claim Darcy's* hmme'ft.
ing gloves. All.his,fine defence waa
called on to see him through the
eighth, but he suffered severely in the
next, and although he rallied to make
a ding-dong go of the 10th, Darcy
was definitely on top.
Smith came out a tired man in the
tlth, but it.was obvious that Darcy
I was unwilling to punish his old tutor,
and he allowed him:to clinch his way
through to the bell.
But so weak and weary , was Smith
that- a straight, left nearly toppled
him in the 12th. and a. second left
tumbled him heavily, to the canvasHe wss up immediately, but a
right to the chin steadied him,
and two more in quick succession
, dropped him for the count. As
he crashed down Darcy caught
him with one arm and broke his
Although he had to be carried back
to his comei', the old champion's
fighting spirit was still strong,. and
he struggled with Ids seconds in an
effort to get back into the middle of
the ring.
The pupil , was now mastav.
Smith And CrouseALTHOUGH knocked out. Dave
. Smith, by his-splendid showing,
had definitely re-established himself
as ii .fighting force, and there 1X1X6
tremendous interest in his meeting
with a rehabilitated "Buck" Crouse
at Sydney Stadium on July 15.
This was a very, different Crouse
from : the one who had faced Darcy.
It was something i of -, the Crouse he
had represented himself to be. Gone
was his nervousness, and a thrilling
battle, they. made, of it' Until a clash
of ' heads .in ,the ninth . laid : open
Smith's left eyebrow.
.So copious was: the flow- of blood
that at" the' : referee's instigation,
Smith's towel-.'was thrown in before
they came up for. thc tenth.
It wa8 an unfortunate ending,
but thc Australian'had his re-'.
. venge when on August 5 he -
knocked out Crouse in the fourth
round. ,- -;: ?.,-?>. -'Crouse-was floored just-before thc
first round ended. Smith followed
up his '? advantage vigorously, in- the
next, ; and although he eased a bit in
the third, he - had Crouse down : for
seven iii the fourth, and then knocked
him with a right to-the jaw.
This-smashing victory put Smith
right in-line fov'-a return date with
Darcy, and they met at Brisbane on
thn morning of August ! 15-the- big
Exhibition Day of tho northern capi-
tal. -There was a crowd of 6000,, a
notable attendance . for - 'Brisbane.
George Cook was in Dave Smith's
corner, and, of course, Mick. Hawkins
attended to Darcy. - ?.. . . :_t..:.'
Beyond All Doubt
rpHE gladiators -met "'ih mid-ring
. with smiles of friendship and
cordially shook hands;' *
? Smith shaped up confidently in the
firsthand although early bleeding
from" the nose he managed, to. holdhis- own., But he was heavily punish-
ed .; iii the second, and although he
landed <> several rights., to -.the jaw in
the third, he was made to miss a lot,
at the sanie time taking a severe
Tho i, fourth .. and- fifth were .-, disas-
trous to, him,'and it was by now ob
vibB that he had no chance. He was
weaknifig round by round, and al-
though'lie tried to stave off .the in-
evitable by' frequent clinching; it was
apparent ? that Darcy could have
knocked him- out at any stage.
That Darcy had not sn atom
' of ' the "killer" in his make-up
waa manifest in the 11th when,
- after having been floored, Smith
leaned Weakly against the ropes,
trying to shield himself from the
, smashing coup-de-grace that
never came.; It was .a. relief to Darcy no less
than to ?the spectators... when Dave
Smith's .towel "'fluttered ;in . at th.next
interval. "'..'".'.
The champion finished as fresh as
when he had,started.

11-02-2011, 04:18 PM
I have just discovered the best newspaper source site I've seen so far. I typed in Les Darcy BuckCrouse and came up with at least 50 sources of just this single (and very short) fight..... it's called Trove, an invaluable source site for us... here is the link... http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=trove&source=web&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDkQjBAwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftrove.nla.gov.au%2Fnewspaper%3Fq&ei=s5-xTu2AHdChiAf09IH4Ag&usg=AFQjCNHwQGYj4EYu04KOMs858WFSln_Rwg&sig2=wl-KZr5O9dDexMwxFkyvkA

08-29-2015, 07:06 AM
Bumping this thread because I worked real hard on this, many many hours of work for the benefit of boxing fans. I will look for more reports