Middleweight Champions., Daily Racing Form, 1896-04-07


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MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONS The middleweight championship just now is almost as much a themo thermo for dispute as the heavyweight As in the heavy weight niche too Fitzsimmons is the anarchist The Kangaroo lays claim to three championships viz vi heavy middle and the 150pound division The first two are old classes the last is a newkind unwind of division not generally recognized but men of ten match and fight at it both in this country and in Australia Fitz Fritz thus wants everything in sight The 150pound credentials of Fitzsimmons are based on his performance with Jack Dempsey In that fight Fitzsimmons had such an easy thing that it surprised him He weighed in at 150J4 pounds Ho claims that ho can reach 150 today as easily as ever For several years Fitz Fritz has been recognized as the middleweight cham champ pionof poof the world Since his search after the pennant of the top class however not so much is heard concerning his middleweight honor I do not know just now whether there are any precede jts jets in the chronicles of the ring as to hqw haw many championships of classes a fighter can hold From a commonsense view and from the general hatred for anything of the nature of monopoly these days however it appears to me now without delving into the subject that one class for one man particularly where that class is worldwide is sufficient A boxer of course if he would meet and defeat every bonafide Bonaire challenger in each of two or three classes could not be regarded otherwise than as champion of them but no one man especially in such times as the present when volumes of scratching and argument are prefatory to every contest is prac pac ¬ tically tidally capable of such doing If some very am ¬ bitious bilious scrapper should try if he would find he would have no time to carouse about the coun count ¬ try in the show business Yet Fitz Fritz Las come nearer filling tlie lie bill than anyone else Kid McCoy the recent conqueror of Tom Kyau Kabul claims the American middleweight championship bar Fitzsimmons and ho claims it it seems to me without a shadow of right He appears to base his title on the defeat of Ryan Ryan however has just emerged from the welters never having defeated a middle ¬ weight of any pretentious of topoftheheap toothache distinction and such being the case hei heir had nothing to pass over to the Kid that would give the latter any right to call himself champ Immediately after McCoy knocked out Dick Moore in six rounds September 2 1895 he wrote me a challenge to Dan Creedon Credo which was pub ¬ lished lashed and copied into eastern papers and soon after the Kid embarked for England entirely bent on getting a match there with Creedon Credo He said Fitz Fritz had promised him his interest in in the middleweight class But McCoy did not seem to take very well across the pond and what little interest he created for himself faded altogether when he lost a decision to Ted White in a ten round preliminary Londoners did not judge that he merited a match with Creedon Credo CreedonSoon Credos Soon after McCoy came back and has recently been claiming the middleweight championship Col Cool Hopkins has just cabled to Dan to come home purposely to meet McCoy and if the latter still remains willing the men will be matched to see who is new middleweight champion

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