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New Zealand Boxing Association.


Tho Oddfellows' Hall was filled to overflowing last evening by an audience of "men only "on the occasion of the third series of boxing contests m Ashburton under the auspices of the South Canterbury Centre of the New Zealand Boxing Association. Mr C. Muir, as on former occasions, acted as referee, and fulfilled the duties of i his position with his accustomed fairness and ability. Messrs F. Hutton and E. F. J. Grigg acted as judges, and their decisions were m every case fair and satisfactory. Dr H. Bett examined the competitors before allowing thorn to enter the ring, only one maa failing to oome up to the health stand. Mepsrs A. Dixon and G. H. Kuchanan were the timekeepers. Amongst those on the platform were Messrs P. Campbell (of Christchurch), T. E. Upton, W. Hodgkins, F. de C. Malet, and D. Thomas. The boxing, taken as a whole, was hardly of a first-class order, but there were one or two notable exceptions. Mayze, winner of the Light-weight Championship j Brown, winner of the Middle-weight Novice competition ; and Gilmour and Cullen, the .contestants m the final of the Middleweight Championship, m the opinion of the writer, gave the best boxing exhibitons of the evening. The competitions throughout were marked by the beat; of good feeling and sportsmanlike conduct on the part of contestants. Every man, with scarcely an exception, kept hia temper, even under the the severest punishment. While such continues to be case, there are absolutely no grounds for the condemnation of the sport as " brutal and demoralizing." Boxing is peculiarly a British sport inculcating the virtues of self ,'control and endurance, and under the auspices of such a body as the New Zeatand Boxing Association, such exhibitions as that which took place last evening can bejeonduoive to nothing but good, both to competitors and spectators. Folare details of the various bouts:—

BYE. ffitP. Sheriff (Aehburton), 9st 81b, boxed a bye with W. Page (Ashburton) Bst 111 b.— This bout calls for no special description, neither of the competitors taking it seriously. Sheriff had the advantage of weight, but was rather stiff, while Page, a young boxer who shows some promise, had a slight advantage m reach. Some of the parrying was rather neat, but Page was over-weight-ed by his opponent. Light, fast hitting, with a great deal of feinting, was the order of the bout. FIRST BOUT OP NOTICE COMPETITION, I[under 10 stone.) Harrow met L. Blackler.—From the start of this bout, m the words of the poet, " a change came o'er the scene." Harrow went for his opponent is a style suggestive of a cyclone let loose, Harrow is very finely trained, being apparently a mass of muscle and sinew, his younger opponent being his inferior m physique, weight and reach. Despite his handicap, Blackler made a very plucky fight of it, and stood a good deal of punishment very bravely, getting a peok back at Harrow whenever he could. Harrow uses a sweeping swing instead of the more serviceable straight " poke," but with Blackler, he "got there just the same." Blaokler dodged as much as he could, and occasionally planted a vigorous hook blow on hia opponent's ribs, but Harrow' 3 weight combined with his rushing tactics, were too much for him, Harrow was declared the winner. FIRST BOUT OF NOVICE COMPETITION (under 11.7.) A. Brown (Ashburton) met Thompson.— Brown adopt 3 the American style of boxing hitting with the back of the hand up, and is very clever with his foot work. Thompson persisted m keeping his head down, and although he occasionally countered effectively, he as a rule swung his blows, Brown easily ducking. Brown pursued a simple policy of a smart left lead, followed up with the right, always directed at bis opponent's jaw. This lack of variety m attack might have been fatal to his chances with a more experienced opponent, but Thompson's defence was ineffective, and he was a beaten man before the first round was finished. Brown was deolared the winner. BYE. Morrison (competition m the Middleweight Novice) boxed a bye with Gilmour (competitor m middle-weight championship),—As usual, m byes, tbe hitting was light. Morrison had the advantage of height and reach, which was balanced by j Gilmour's strength and coolness. A very neat exhibition. FIRST ROUND OF S.C, MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. F. Andrews met P. Cullen (Ashburton). —The first round was opened with fast and furious fighting, Cullen doing most of the leading, and Andrews countering effectively. Cullen led repeatedly with his right, apparently being sure of his opponent. Before the end of the first round Andrews had to seek refuge by rushing m and clinching his opponent. In the second round the same tactics were followed, Cullen fighting practically right-handed, and Andrews clinching every few seconds. The referee warned Andrews to desist, but the warning being wasted, disqualified Andrews, the bont being awarded- to Cnllen.

FINAL OP FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF B.C. Thompson (Rakaia) met Grainger (Christohurch), —Thompson hit out straight and hard, his style not being relished by Grainger, who kept out of reach for all he waß worth, occasionally dashing m a flying hit, and resuming his flight from the seat of war. In the firat ronnd Thompson put his opponent on the floor, Grainger wisely taking an 8 seconds' rest. In the second round Grainger frequently took refuge on the floor, but at the latter end of the round stood up to his opponent, and shaped very fairly. A third round, however, was considered unnecessary, and Thompson was declared the winner. FINAL ®F LIGHT-WEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF CANTERBURY. Mayze (Christchurch) met Salt (Lyttelton). —In the first round Mayze took the offensive from the bell, hitting lightly, but with accuracy and coolness. His reach enabled him to punish his opponent with impunity, as Salt did not appear to be able to guard his faoe at all. In the second round, Mayze led out all the time, Salt seldom attempting to counter, save by a wild swing which generally struck the empty air. Mayze followed up his left with his right m methodical fashion, displaying much science and coolness. In the third round Salt shaped a little better, guarding Mayze's blows and replying more freely. He made but little impression, and Mayze was declared the winner. FINAL OF NOVICE COMPETITION (under 10 stone). T. Sheriff (Ashburton) met |Harrow (Christohurch).—Sheriff stood up to Harrow's whirlwind assaults better than Blackler, but as his hitting was almost as wild a3 Harrow's, he found it necessary to bore m on his adversary and clinch when things gofc too warm. Harrow's movements were so quick and erratic, that Sherriff never knew where to find him. Harrow's longer reach told m the end, and he roughed his opponent on to the ropes m the second round. Sheriff, however, recovered himself, and drove Harrow into a corner, inflicting considerable punishment. In the third round both men were so exhausted that they stood looking at each other till warned by the referee to " box on." Harrow again forced Sheriff to the ropes, and at the conclusion of the round was declared the winner. FINAL OF NOVICE COMPETITION (under llßt 71b). A. Brown (Ashburton), met Morrison (Chriatchurch). — Brown and Morrison offered a strong contrast m build and style, Morrison boxing m the orthodox, upright English style, while Brown adopted a peculiar half crouch. In the first round some smart exohanges took place, Brown aonfining his attention to his opponent's body, Morrison's height and reach rendering it difficult to get at his head. Brown took the offensive definitely m the second found, hitting hard and straight, Morrison jountering with fair effect. In tha third round the men went at it " hammer and ;onga," Morrison being forced to the ropes. Brown was declared the winner.

FINAL OP S.O. MIDDLE-WEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. Gilmour, list 21b, met P. Cullen (Ashburton), llst.—This bout was the event of the evening, and was looked forward to with much interest, the splendid form shown by each contestant m preceding bouts auguring a good match. The expectations of the audience were not disappointed. The men are of similar build, and about equal as regards reach, skill, and physique, Cullen having a slight advantage m height, la the first round tf ilmour did

most of the leading, Cullen countering with much energy. Fighting was fast and furious, Gilrnour apparently having the best (on points) of a very even round. In the second round Cullen took the offensive, and his opponent was forced to guard himself carefully, not neglecting, however, to counter hard whenever an opening occurred. When the gong went at the end of the second round, things were about even. Early m the third round Gilmour found it necessary to bore m and clinch to avoid Cullen's hard-hitting right. Later on both men etood up to their work, and some splendidly even exchanges took place. The judges could not place the winner, so a fourth round was ordered to be fought. Cullen did most of the leading, but GHI--mour's replies wore remarkably effective. Clinches occurred once or twice. Towards the end of the rouud Cullen seemed to be a trifle the fresher of the two, and his hitting was decidedly more vigorous. The decision wns awarded to Cullen. The win was a very popular one with the audience, Cullen having fairly beaten a very formidable opponent. The winner possesses grit and stamina, and with a little wider experience m ring craft and the finer points of the game, may be the holder of a New Zealand Championship before many years have passed. It is to be regretted that the number of entries received did not warrant the holding of a second night's boxing meeting, but we understand that the financial position of the Centre m regard to last night's meeting is very satisfactory.

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New Zealand Boxing Association., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905

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New Zealand Boxing Association. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905

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