|03-12-2009, 06:05 PM||#11|
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Morans comment was headlined. "MORAN IS PROUD OF HIS WALLOP", by Owen Moran.
Bat's headline was: "BATTLER SAYS HE WAS NOT OUT", by battling Nelson.
By reading the rbr's done by the papers it reveals some sloppiness that's easy to see when we have the footage. This is the final knockdown described by the Call:
"As he regained his feet Moran dealt him another shower of punches, and for the fifth time the once great lightweight champion measured his length on the canvas floor. Selig counted up to nine with the time keeper, who tolled off the tenth second, and Selig then counted Nelson out. It was all over. The Battler had taken the count for the first time in his great and varied fighting career. Two seconds later Nelson was on his feet and shaking hands with the man who administered the crushing defeat. He was smiling, but his brain seemed to be befogged. He blamed Selig for counting him out..."
The washington Herald writes:
"With the round two minute gone and both men in the center of the ring Moran
measured Nelson with his left and crossed with his right. The blow landed squarely
on the point chin Nelson stunned by the force the blow fell backward
and his back struck the canvas and his legs went high in the air. Slowly he collapsed and as he doubled together Referee Selig started to count. With eyes glazed Nelson heard the count and pulled himself together.
As he stood on his feet the effort was too much and he fell back. Once more Selig started to count and again Nelson stood on his feet. Moran rushed his man savagely and
lefts and rights to body and face put the Dane on the floor the third time. Even that was not enough for Nelson whose will power raised him Into something that was an imitation of defense "Stop it" yelled Moran to Selig "I dont want to kill him".
"Stop It" shrieked the crowd. "Whats the use of more punishment". But Selig did not stop It The fourth knockdown was more a wrestle than a clean punch and as Nelson was not on his feet when the final count was made Moran was proclaimed the winner."
|03-13-2009, 05:49 PM||#12|
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|03-18-2009, 06:39 PM||#13|
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I have 2 chapters about Nelson in my book on Joe Gans.
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