Friday, May 23, 2008

Still Another Prize Fight

New York, 1895

To Which District Attorney Noble's Attention is Called.

On February 1st THE FARMER said in an editorial:

"The police of New York raided a prize fight in Harlem last Thursday night. The thugs up in Harlem had not learned that prize fighting is permitted and encouraged in Queens County. They will get the cue now."

This was prophecy. The thugs who were routed in Harlem, as stated above, pulled their mill off at Winfield on Saturday night. It really looks as it somebody was going around inviting the prize fighters to come to Queens County. The protection which these ruffians receive has become a disgrace. The District Attorney does nothing, the "County Detective" does nothing. The following account of the fight is taken from Monday's New York Sun:

About 200 sporting men from New York and Brooklyn journeyed to Winfield last night to witness a special bout of ten rounds between Dick Wunderlich and Jacob Cooper, formerly of Harlem, but now a member of the Winfield A. C. Before the lads appeared Tom Kiernan of New York and Al Manning of Harlem boxed a four-round draw. The next bout was between Boss Levy of England, but now of the Winfield A. C., and Tony Moran of Brooklyn at 115 pounds. Levy's hard hitting and clever ducking were too much for Moran, and the former got the bout.

After an intermission of twenty minutes Wunderlich and Cooper came into the ring. At the call of time both men went at it hammer and tongs. In weight the men seemed to be evenly matched. In the third round, when Cooper had his man almost out, the crowd began to yell so loud that the referee could not hear the call of time. The men fought for some time over the limit, and the bout almost terminated in a free fight. From the third round up to the beginning of the eighth round, both men received severe punishment.

In the latter part of the eighth round Cooper went at Wunderlich right and left, but got the same dose from his opponent. The latter, however, began to get groggy and was floored with a left-hand jab in the neck; but before the referee counted ten seconds he was on his feet again. Cooper saw that he had his man almost out and rushed at him right and left, smashing Wunderlich in the nose and on the body. He followed this up with a straight righthander, which caught Wunderlich under the chin and sent him to the floor like a log. Referee Jack Kenny awarded the fight to Cooper, who made quite a creditable showing upon his first appearance in the ring.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Feb. 15, 1895, p. 12.

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