A point which has been raised several timee recently in discussion among , boxing fans is the question of whether or not Jim Traeey won the title of heavyweight champion of Australia when he got the decision against Albert Lloyd in the Town Hall the other day. Although it was advertised as a iighi for the Australasian title, the bout did not fulfil championship conditions in that it iva3 over a distance of less than 20 xhrrvj-minute rounds, consequently Traeey cannot justify the claim to have relieved Idoyd of his title of Australian heavyweight ehanrpion.
On the subject of the bout in question Lloyd is not at all in agreement with the decision. He claims that in making Traeey miss frequently in his leads he scored boxing points that he thinks were not counted in his favour; that at times when he back-moved from a, hit it was counted a hit; that his in-fighting was entitled to more allowance than it got from the referee. While not making a grievance of the subject, he frankly confesses that even a draw decision would have surprised him at the time, and that the verdict against him was more than a surprise.
The bout between Albert Lloyd and' Jim Clabby at the Town Hall on Jlondav fortnight should provide boxing enthueiasts with something more than usually attractive. Both men are notably fast and clever boxers, who hit from any angle, and can give punishment both at long range and in clinches. They have already met three times in Australia, ■with honours even, each man having had a win en points, while the third fight was a draw. Lloyd, who is now in steady training, expects to step into the ring in better condition than he was againet Tracey, when he liad to make a quick preparation after four days' sea-sickness in the trip across from Sydney.
Spotting writers all over the United States are dwelling on Dempsey's 'shattered "moral," attributing it to the campaign now in progress to prove that the world's champion pugilist \va* a slacker in tie war. ■ Dempsey alleges, -that he desired first ■ to join the Flying Corps, then the Navy, but in moments of devotional weakness he yielded to liis wife's entreaties to let others run the risks of war. , It is recalled that the young . Australian boxer Darcy, having- been , with t;lie reputation of a slacker, , was siibjectetl to treatment here which ■ completely broke his spirit. : |, The comment now taking pjace is i typified in ihe following from the current issue of "Home Sector," the successor of tin- American Army paper "Stare and Stripes." •'America's greatest lighter—the liero t of a few weeks in a shipyard, the hero ] of a few minutes in a battle with Jess 1 WilUirJ, the licro with fir overcoat and 1 ' fat bank account, the hero o! moving;, picture* at several thousand dollars °!i week, the hero of two peaceful, 1 eminently pro.itaule years in the United .Statos while the greatest world's cliam- : pioiisliip was being fought several i thousand miles away. J "America. 1 * greatest fighter— he who < npvor knew the feel of a gun on hU , [elioulder, the weight of a full pack on iliis I back, thp weary length of the muddy : kilometre, the whine of an enemy shell.l< ; "America's greatest fighter— not hv ] several miUion=!" ' | •'The .picture of Dempsey damandiii"--I*Bo,ooo for an hoars appearance in j iFrance two years after the fighting is • , over is too much," continues the paper. I "The present toleration of Dempsey 1 denotes a lack of consideration for everyone of the 0.00U.000 liirhtin.ir men of this J country. The suggestion that he go to ; France is an insn.lt to those old laddies ,' of ours, who, not so many kilometres from Paris, lie row on row through enow, rain, and snnshine, never to fight i nor to speak again." ' I
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Auckland Star, Auckland Star, Volume LI, Issue 98, 24 April 1920
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