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The Wolverine, 1919-07-01

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e Wolverine Fight- Rend Stakes
His Cash On-In the July 4th Iout

(F. (G. M.)
When that man-mountain champion,
Jess Willard, and his smaller chal-
lenger, Jack Dempsey, step into the
padded square in Toledo on July 4,
just three days hence, something is
going to happen. That something
is'nt going to be in the style of a pink
tea or a dansant or a brotherly re-
union. Personally, we believe that
one of those marvelous specimens of
manhood is going to walk from the
ring and the other is going to be
dragged out.
Dempsey, is going in that square
with a rush and Willard will stand off,
pushing Jack away with his tremend-
ously long left. But something must
crack., The little man is either going
to be successful in his rushes, for that
is the style of milling with which
Dempsey is best acquainted, and wear
Willard down with body blows, or the
champion is going to get Jack as he
comes in for one of those well plan-
ned rushes, and the bout will be over.
In those rushes lies the danger for
Dempsey. Willard, of course, knows
no other style of fighting than the
"lie in ambush" manner. And to force
the fight Dempsey must rush. Wil-
lard's superior reach and height will
be of great advantage to him in his
endeavor to keep the challenger at a
safe distance.
At the present time it is the opinion
of many that the bout will end in a
knockout. The reason for this belief is
that both men pack a husky wallop
and one must break under the terrific
lacing that is going to be administer-
ed. Yet it is difficult to say which
one -will receive the greatest amount
of punishment early in the battle.
Weight, Height, and Reach
Willard, naturally will depend on
his weight, height, and reach to a
great extent to protect himself. Demp-
sey on the other hand will tax his
skil to a greater degree than Willard
in endeavoring to refrain from being
the goat. Admittedly Dempsey is
faster, by a good deal, than Willard.
He is shiftier than the big fellow, and,
what is more, Dempsey has just passed
his twenty-fourth birthday. Willard
is in the middle thirties. The dif-
ference in the ages of the men may
be one of the weightiest factors in
deciding the bout. Dempsey has the
vigor, the fire of youth. He has,

greater recuperative powers than
Willard, and this in our opinion will
be the deciding factor if the bout goes
more than six or seven rounds.
Dempsey's stamina will come to his
assistance and stand him in great
Dempsey's Chances Betler
It is our humble belief that if
Dempsey is not punished too severely
during the early part of the battle his
chances will be better by a great
margin than those of the champion.
It may be that the terrific bombard-
ment which Jack plans to tatoo on
the midsection of the huge man will
be so successful that by the sixth or
seventh chapter, the only reason Wil-
lard will still be in the ring with.
Dempsey will be to fatten the movie
percentages. So it goes.
Another belief prevalent is that the
bout will end by a blow to the jaw
rather than by a body punch. The
continual battering received by both
men will tend merely to wear them
down and the fatal wallop will be
dealt in the mandibular region.
Willard Unpopular
By all dope figures Willard should
be the favorite. His natural advan-
tages are convincing. He is the
champion. For so large a person he
is fast, a thing which rarely occurs
in now-a-day heavies. He is of
course, clever, but not appallingly so,
and his list of K. O.'s is fairly long.
But what does this prove? Nothing.
Willard is not as much a favorite as
he should be. First of all he is un-
popular, more so, perhaps than any
other heavy champ ever was, bar-
ring, of course, Johnson. Further-
more, though he seems to be round-
ing into better shape, the opinion is
that Willard will enter the ring in
poorer condition than Dempsey.
Dempsey Well Liked
Dempsey seems to be the popular
man. He is younger. He is faster.
His skill in shifting excels by far
that of the champion. But you argue
he has been knocked out, proving that
he has a vulnerable point. What does
that prove? Again we say nothing.
Even with that confronting them, the
public's confidence lies in Dempsey.
What little betting there is seems to
be favoring Dempsey. Dempsey
money is always the first in sight.
No doubt Willard backers are wait-

ing for, further indications of the
champion's form before cutting loose
with their money.
Dempsey would be a popular champ.
The public likes him and he would,
we believe, fight for fighting's -sake
and not merely for the money.
Chamlup TAking Off Fat
Willard has yet some fat to take
from the region of his beltline. We
say that it looks like fat. But listen
to Walter Monahan, chief sparring
partner of Willard. He says that the
band around Jess' abdomen is nothing
but one huge band of muscle. rhis
point seems to be open to argument,
since it appears that the much famed
band is becoming smaller under the
secret roadwork Willard has been do-
On the other hand. Dempsey has
been to the point of perfection for
some time. His condition now is per-
fect. To prove this he has let up in
all strenuous work and is just taking
sufficient exercise to maintain limber-
ness in muscle. This is necessary lest
he go stale before the sound of the
There is no doubt tht Dempsey has
the class. He is a worthy man t.> meet
Willard, and the champion will have
on his hands no such easy matter as
he experienced in his bout with John-
son at Havana in 1915. Dempsey can
hit harder than Johnson could when he
met Willard and the Ethiopian was a
mere shell of his former self.
After having analyzed the situation
thus there confronts us the momen-
tous question, the question of the hour,
the question being asked all over the
country, the question being discussed
more than the peace terms, the ques-
tion, "Who will win t he Willard-
Dempsey fight?"
Ann Arbor will again gain admission
to the select circle of speedsters on
July 4 when the holiday races open
under the auspices of the Ann Arbor
Driving' club. Secretary W. L. Hen-
derson has been successful in bring-
ing together some of the fastest horses
of this section. The entries for the
holiday races are horses well known
in this vicinity and should furnish
some of the most interesting contests
seen about here in some time.
On Independence Day, Perialat, own-
ed by Depaul of Wayne, and being
credited with a mark of 2:05 1-4 made
in Detroit in the Chamber of Commerce

stake race in the Grand Circuit, will
be entered in a free-for-all trot. In
this race King B. Arlington, owned by
Snyder, also of Wayne, is looked upon
to give Perialat the race of her life.
Three Wayne men have horses enter-
ed in the free-for-all and from all in-
dications this race assumes the ap-
pearance of a grudge battle.
In the class A trot, Pearl Mobile,
owned by Van Fleet, seems to be a very
good possibility. The Van Fleet stable
has two horses in this event.
The other race on the card for the

fourth is a Class A pace. Some mighty Rex, owned by Hines of Ridgeway. Five
good horses are entered and a spirited other horses are entered in the pac-
finish is looked for between Fanny J, ers' event and the possibilities are
owned by Proctor of Northville, and (Continued on Page Six)
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