Maxim in Good Condition: Dempsey: Latter Gives Champ Advice on Blocking, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-17


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Maxim in Good Condition: Dempsey Latter Gives Champ Advice on Blocking Slipping Headguard Blamed i By Joey for Belting .by His Sparmate at Training Camp By JACK CUDDY United Press Sports Writer GROSSINGER, N. Y., June 16.— Light-heavyweight champion Joey Maxim blamed I a slipping headguard. today for his inability v to guard against left hooks during three e rounds of sparring with Joe Blackwood in a preparations for his title defense Monday y night. Although Maxim was belted too often by y Blackwood, who floored him yesterday, , Jack Dempsey said Maxim appeared to be e in good condition for his fight against t Sugar Ray Robinson. Nevertheless Maxim i seemed very dissatisfied during his workout - and he snarled constantly to trainers s Al Del Monte and Freddie Fierro between rounds because, he claimed, "I cant see." Another headguard arrived after the e three rounds were finished. Blackwood — a 161 pounder — knocked i 177-pound Maxim into the ropes with a * left hook in the first round, landed several 1 solid jolts in the second and knocked him i back on his heels with a left and a right t in the third. Has Never Seen Robinson Fight Former heavyweight champion Dempsey, who at his peak was managed by Jack 5 Kearns, now pilot of Maxim, declined to 0 make a prediction for Mondays fight because - "Ive never seen Robinson fight." However, the Manassa Mauler-said Maxim today compared favorably with such great t light-heavyweight champions as Tommy 7 Loughran and Billy Conn at their peaks. • He said he believed that Maxim could have 2 given Tommy Gibbons a good fight. Dempsey came in from Montreal specifically - to see the workout and to wish i Kearns luck. Before the sparring session v in the hangar at Grossinger Airport, Dempsey - gave Maxim some last-minute instructions - about blocking left hooks. Dempsey, ■ who was a bobber and weaver, always s dipped beneath left hooks; but Cleveland 1 Joey is an upright fighter who does not bob. He has to block hooks. Manager Kearns said Maxim would rest t tomorrow and he would box Wednesday f and Thursday. He added, "Theres a possibility - he may spar a couple of rounds on i Friday. Well wait to see how he shapes s up then." Kearns said the champion would break : camp Sunday and make his quarters until 1 fight time at the Navarro Hotel in New r York.

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