Joe Coffey Referee_04011906
DOUGHERTY'S DRAW HOT TAKEII SERIOUSLY Although Referee Coffey Gives Milwaukee Milwaukee Boxer Even Break With' Jimmy Gardner Fans Can't Sfl $fterits of Decision. JACK STILL RATED AMONG . FIGHTERS OF SECOND CLASS Addition of Neil-Attell Neil-Attell Neil-Attell Bout ta Fiesta Week Program Will Make Los Angeles Carnival All Star Affair Affair Gossip of the Ring. BIT tmm.Es CAKSIK. Aided by what Is known In pugilistic dr." cles aa a "Milwaukee decision." Jack Douch-erty, Douch-erty, Douch-erty, the latest Western aspirant for welter-welrht welter-welrht welter-welrht championship honors, was siren a draw with Jimmy Gardner of Lowell In the ring of the Badger Athletic club Tuesday night. Joe Coffey of Chicago refereed the; match, and declared It an even thing at the end of the eight rounds, with both men on their feet and fighting hard and ready to continue. If -uecessary. -uecessary. The decision, which of course pleased tha Milwaukee crowd, as they were there en masse to root for the "native son," cam la the nature of a big surprise to the two hundred or more Chicago sports who had journeyed north to see the battle. Such eminent judges as George Slier, Sol Plea, and Larry Coffey, the referee's own brother, were all of the opinion that Gardner had won by a mile, and were as badly stunned as any one when the decision of a draw was rendered. Their reports of the fight bhow this. A shade, possibly, in the seventh rourd. and the old time gag of rutting loose with a brilliant flash in the ftrsl session evidently influenced Keferee Coffey in Dougherty's favor, as in the first six rounds Gardner, to all accounts, literally made Jack look like a "tramp." and gave him a first class licking. And at that, some thought Jimmy fought poorly for him. and acted as though under a pull. That Gardner was tired at the end there is no doubt, but nothing short of a knock out st that stage of the battle entitled entitled Dougherty to anything but an adverse decision. Referee Coffey explained his action to the writer after his return from Milwaukee, and his side of the case may prove of Interest to reader. His statement follows : I will admit that Gardner bested Dougherty Dougherty for six rounds, but I do not agree with those who say the fight was all one sided during that period. Jimmy has a very ehowy style and he outpointed Jack all right, but in the clinches Dougherty's work was. th better and his blows seemed to have more force than those of Ihe Eastern boy. Gardner Gardner slowed down enough to give Dougherty a shade In the seventh round, and in the eighth the Lowell boy was so tired that he was bacg-Ing bacg-Ing bacg-Ing on to save himself. Dougherty was beaming beaming him badly at the finish and. In my opinion, earned the draw I gave him. That is the Vay I figured it at the time, and I have not changed my mind In the least. Furthermore. If I had it to do over again, my decision would be a draw Just the fame. The rooting of the spectators dtd cot bias my Judgment, as many believe." This mucih Is certain, none will tak- tak- Dougherty seriously hereafter when talking of prospective champions. He failed to make good against the first real topnotcher he has tackled, except Buddy Ryan, whose blind eye played no little part In Jack's only important important victory. Of course, the Milwaukee man is young and may Improve, but to data he is still a second rater.