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BOXING.

From a New York exchange I gather (fays my London correspondent) that that game little Antipodean boxer Charlie Griffin met with another reverse at the National Sporting Club in that CJty on the night of February sth. Hie opponent was "Battling" Hurley of Passaic, New Jersey, who, in the course of a six round bout gave the New Zealander a terrible drubbing. The New York account sars:—

"Hurley won—not =o far though—because little Griffin, game to the core, fought as brave and uphill a battle ac any little foreigner ever waged on these shores. He was knocked down and practically out in the third round. He had been doing splendidly up to this point. He kept backing away from Hurley end ripping in uppercuts as the Passtiic lad bored in. Griffin punished Hurley severely about the head. Suddenly Hurley caught Griffin a punishing left crack On the jaw, and down went the New Zealander. He looked done for, but rolling over on his hands and knees he got up at the count of eight. Hurley punched him from one corner of the ring to the other. Near Griffin's corner Hurley let fly another left hook, and down went the islander again. The bell clangfed, and Griffin was safe. He came out in the fourth and made a great fight foi it. Whatever gain Hurley had made the little man discounted. Hurley came back again in the -fifth, and sent Griflin to the floor twice for the count. In the sixth both went headlong through the lopes, so desperately were they banging away at each other. Griffin seemed to get stronger at the end, though nothing he tried stopped the rushes of Hurley. It seems hard to decide against Griffin, but Hurley won. Too bad it couldn't have been a draw. Griffin subsequently said he would shortly leave for the coast en route home."

There may be questions as to Griffin's science, but as to his gameness, stamina, and ability to take punishment there is no possible shadow of doubt. In his •first fight with Jim Driscoll at the National Sporting Club, London, last February, he took with equanimity a score of body punches, any one of which would have made most boxers lie down, for a time at any rate; and one terrific drive under the heart that would have settled moet men, only produced from Griffin a grunt and a grin. The next moment saw him attacking Driscoll like a tiger. A g.tmer lad than Griffin, indeed, I never saw in the ring in the Old Country, and only one that seemed to pn3" less heed to punishment; that was the Australian "Ironbark" Dick Burge.

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BOXING. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 80, 3 April 1909

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