Grandfather Block article, 15 Feb 1904 SLR
STEVENSON-BLOCK BOUT CALLED DRAW Verdict Unpopular, Because Spectators Spectators Believed Decision Should Be Given. POLICE RESCUED REFEREE. South Sider Was Floored Repeal- edh. and Did Little Effective Woilc Hubur i After Sullivan. ltfferet- Victor handed down an unpopular unpopular decision .it tho Columbian Athletic Athletic Club jcterdjy when he declared the Hi-lit between George Block and Andy Steviion ,t diaw. the majority of the spectators bellelng that Sleenon wa an ay winner. Through the ten rounds of the go. Ste--.enson did all tho work. He floored Block repeatedly by roughing and clinching, and once or twice landed punches which sent the South Sider sprawling about the ring. In the fifth. Stevenson went to the floor after a wild rush at Block, j. jab from the latler contributing to U-c fall Sao for this one occasion. Block did nothing of moment. The spectators evidently considered that Stei.eiit.on won without the shadow of a doubt and when tho referee declared declared th bout a draw, swarmed into the ling to remonstrate. Scleral policemen went to his rescuo and dioc tl.e crowd from tho ring. Block and Steenf!on were carried for the main etent of the club's boxing show. Iheir setto boie little temblance to a boxing contest. Bather was It a wrestling wrestling mateJi with Sten,ou forcing and roughing all the waj. He committed more than half a dozen palpable fouls by throw-lug throw-lug Block to the lloor, but tLc referee allowed them to pass unnoticed. Ail through the light Stevenson was the aggressor, and he knocked Block around the ring at will, niock was a disappointment disappointment to his friends, who expected him to win an ej"y ictory. Their confidence In him seemed to hae been based on prel-ous prel-ous good performance. Yesterday afternoon, afternoon, however. Block might hae had his hands tied behind him for all the use he made of them. He went through round after round without attempting lo hit hi opponent. Ho did not strike a dozen blow during the light, and certainly did not land on Ste-enson Ste-enson more than three or four times. All that an be sld of Block's performance performance I" that he was game and took a pounding unflinching!,. Al Toftf, who was to have fought Jack GaIord in a preliminarj to the main event, sent word that ho sprained his arm Siturdn night and was unable to tight. Billy Huler and Gavlord then sparred a four-round exhibition. Two club members also sparred four exhibition exhibition rounds. Both exhibitions were friendly and tiresome. Before the Block-Stexenson Block-Stexenson light Jack Dunlcavy was introduced introduced and declared that he was anxious to meet the winner. He maj be matched with Stevenson later on.