JU-JITSU OR THE GLOVES?
"I reckon I can beat either 'Sam' McVea or 'Sam' Langford in an hour.' The speaker (says the Sydney "Sun") was not "Jack" Johnson or some other renowned boxer seeking notoriety who made the declaration, but Professor Stevenson, the ju-jitsu expert. The professor is very keeu en meeting one of the two colored boxers, as lie is convinced, of his ability to show that boxing, even in the hands of such capable exponents, is not the equal of the Japanese art as a means of selfdefence. Not being a moneyed man, he cannot talk in thousands, but he -s prepared to wager either McVea or Langford a modest £ 150 that in 12 bouts of five minutes each he can compel his opponent to cry enough seven times. "This is not a new idea of mine," the professor explained to-day. "The challenge has been out for ir.onths to any man in Australia, and I am only renewing it for the benes&t of these two colored boxers. They are great men at their own game, but I have maintained all along, and am of the same opinion still, that with ju-jitsu I can beat any boxer living. I accounted lor "Bill" Squires and others, and I think I can do the same with either of these men. I will place no restrictions on them or make any impossible stipulations. The boxer will appear after his custom, wearing the police regulation gloves. I will come forward in ordinary costume. "As a matter of fact, I don't care what gloves the boxer wears. He need not wear any at all if the police will permit him. I would then bo able to play on his hands. A fellow at Broken Hill thought he had shown me a point when he put on a pair of ball-punching gloves; but I soon made liim sorry he ha 6 not more covering on his hands. "Now, this challenge gives eithe.' McVea or Langford an opportunity to prove what is contended as to the defence value of boxing. They will doubtless say that boxing is by far the best. I maintain that ju-jitsu is superior, and I am prepared to back uji my contentions to the tune of £150. ( Will lodjge the money which will belong to the man who accepts my challenge immediately I fail to win seven Of the 12 bouts. Of course it I am knocked out I am beaten, but I am prepared to take that risk." JOHNSON AND McVEA. On receipt of the news that he had been matched to meet Johnson, McVea was sought out by a "Sydney Times" representative, and though usually very quiet and self-contained, and much more reticent than are most of his calling, he could not refrain from exhibiting the delight he plainly felt at the prospect of again meeting Johnson.
"I tell you," said McVea, "that's the best New Year's gift fortune could have handed me. I wanted! to meet Johnson badly, and tried to arrange for a match in the Old World or America, but he put all sorts of obstacles in the road until Mr Mcintosh got him down to business, and I came all the way to Australia because the achievement o? the ambition of ray career appeared within easy distance. I had always hoped that we might face each other again—particularly as I ltnew that I had improved throvgh greater experience and matured a good deal since we last met in the ring. I am now more than satisfied that that ..nr.M-ession was no false one My defeat of Langford convinced me; he :'s one of the greatest men in the business, and as you Sydney people know, was considered in America and England the only logical opponent for Johnston after the latter defeated ' Tommy" Burns, but Johnson could rever be induced to face him. However, I never showed any weakness that way. Certainly I will remain at Johnson's pleasure, so eager am I to get within touch of him, and as climate suits me well I think I shape up as fit as ever I was at any period of my career. "Yes, we mot before —three times— when I was only on the threshold oi the fighting business. That was in 1903, and I ?.ir. 26 years old now. Johnson was aclj l?, r ed to have outpointed
Ime twice, and on the third occasion J I had the bad luck to be knocked out within a few seconds of the cl «se of the twentieth round. However, you will see when we meet in Sydney that
I am no romancer." Since the above was published it has been decided that the meeting will take place in Paris.