The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on August 11, 1954 · Page 9
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1954 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS ?AGE Moore Still Favorite To Retain Crown Tonight **** * * * * But Arch Hearing 38th Birthday By MURRAY ROSE NEW YORK (AP) — Light heavyweight champion Archie Moore, still a great fighter as he nears his 38th birthday, is a 5-8 favorite to whip stolid, young Harold Johnson in a 15-round title bout tonight. The globetrotting 175-pound ruler, now a Miami resident, will be seeking his 19th straight victory when he steps into the Madison Square Garden ring at 9 p.m., (EST) against the muscular, 26- year-old contender from Philadelphia. Fifth Meeting It will be the fifth scrap between the two Negroes in series dating back to April 26, 1949. The first time the clever and experienced Moore floored the ex-sailor twice and won decisively. The next three were all close with Moore winning two and Johnson one. Johnson's ten round triumph on Dec. 10, 1951 was Archie's last defeat. The strong-armed. Moore edged the Philadelphian Jan. 29, 1952 and went on to sweep 17 other fights, including three title contests with Joey Maxim. Has 12 Straight Wins In building up a 12-fight victory streak of his own, Johnson, son of a former heavyweight boxer, defeated Ezard Charles and Nino Valdes, the two leading heavyweight contenders. Although the match between the two leading light heavies has been long awaited, the promoting International Boxing Club probably will be satisfied with a crowd of 8,000 and a gate of $30,000 at a $10 top. The telecast and the local radio broadcast will bring in another $50,000. Moore will get 40 per cent Mississippians In LL Finals NATCHEZ, Miss. WJ — Jackson, the North Mississippi champion, and Pine Hill, the South Mississippi titleholder, meet tonight in the regional Little League baseball finals. The winner will enter the sectional tournament at Austin, Tex. Jackson eliminated Little Rock, Ark., 8-1, and Pine Hfll defeated Alexandria, La., 11-2 last night. Jackson pitcher Arnold Hederman Jr., gave up four hits, struck out 11 men and waited five. Denton Bates homered for Jackson in the fifth inning. Joe Warbington, who pitched all the way for Pine Hill, gave up five hits, struck out six and walked only one and aided his cause with a three-run homer. His teammates touched three Alexandria pitchers for 17 hits. Aubrey Boykin of Pine Hill had four for four. of the net gate and radio-TV money while Johnson is down for 20 per cent. If Johnson wins, he'll have to give Archie a return fight within 90 days at a 30-30 split of the purse. "* Although he's been fighting 18 years and has had 141 scraps, this will mark Archie's debut as a Madison Square Garden contestant. Blanchard Set For New Job? He's Rumored For Air Academy Slot DENVER (,<P)—-Is the Air Force trying to land Felix (Doc) Blanchard, Army's great fullback of a decade ago, as football coach for the- new Air Academy? The Denver Post posed the question today, pointing out that Blanchard is an Air Force officer. He and Glenn Davis were the backfield titans of West Point's 1944-46 elevens. Bow Bowie; in a Post story today, said Blanchard "is stationed at West Point where he is scheduled to coach the Army plebe team this fall. Getting him transferred from the banks of the Hudson to the shores of Monument Creek in Colorado apparently will require action at the secretary level, at least." Bowie said "it is understood the Army has served written notice to the Air Force that it would frown upon 'raids' on its personnel at West Point. In other words, lay off Blanchard." The largest true fishes are the sharks. TO ALL-STAR GAME — Pictured above are Blytheville's representatives to the Ail-American High School game in Memphis Aug. 20. Red Childress, last year's blocking back for Coach Russell Mosley's Chickasaws, will be after an end position among the gridders, while majorettes Sue Jobe and Millie Anne Bradley will be among 86 midsouth baton twirlers. (Photos by Courier News and Curley Bruner) Neatness Overdone ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (£>) — The foremen axed their way into a supermarket where an overheated motor caused a small blaze and then boarded up the door neatly while they worked inside. When the time came to leave they found themselves locked in and forced a side door to freedom. By HARRY GRAYS ON NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — Twice dropped and well shellacked by Jersey Joe Walcott in their first fight, Joe Louis, towel draped over his head, chin sunk against his chest, ducked through the ropes. The old Brown Bomber had lost and was trying to leave the battlepit as quickly as possible. It was all Trainer Manny Seamon could do to drag his' tired tiger back into the enclosure for the decision. Louis greeted the announcement that he was the winner with a blank unbelieving stare. The guy never could act and it costs him money now that he is on a stage where a little histronics is expected. Louis, 40, has been touring the midwest as a wrestling referee, you see. He reportedly has collected $400 for each showing. Re- gardle. „ of what he ^ets from the International Boxing Club, the. $400 picked up two or three times a week has kept him out of patched clothing. * * * Louis is not a good rassling referee, however, mainly because he is no part of a Thespian. "At a show in this bustling dairy community of 30,000," reports Sports Editor Stan Gores of the Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter, "Louis shuffled around, occasionally shouting, 'Break it up! Break it up!' while at the same time flicking his burly hands at annoying gnats swirling around his head under the bright lights of an outdoor ring. "Louis looked bored, to death, even when the monkeyshiners called for him to shove one' of the long-haired ear massagers in a gesture indicating that he would like to belt him. The grappler grimaced, shook his fist, made sure that he was being 'held back' so the hinted fight could not take place. The crowd, also weary, hoped Louis would follow through." » * * * Louis wouldn't do as a referee, but there still was money to be made, so he vejy foolishly permitted himself to be booked for re-appearances — as a contestant! Louis agreed to put on gloves with a wrestler named Ivan Ras- putin in what was billed as a "fight" in Wasau, Wis. Chicago promoters disagreed with Wausau officials on the number of customers. "They claimed Louis should have collected $750 instead of $500," informs Stan Gores, "because the gate, announced as 1828, was closer to 2500. Louis was to get the first S500 or 30 percent of the net receipts. "The Wausau Baseball Lumberjacks of the defunct Wisconsin State League, the sponsoring organization, said Louis could have $590, or $90 more than his guarantee, but he departed. Refunds were made to disappointed fans. The baseball club lost a reported $550 and threatened to sue for breach of contract." '. * * » Louis the next night was to "box" the bearded Sheik of Araby in Fond du Lac, but Secretary* Fred Saddy of the Boxing Commission warned police that the "match" would violate rules if gloves were used. In a final effort to save the program the promoter suggested that Louis "fight" bare-handed or with hands taped heavily with gauze to avoid the gloves violation. Old Smoky Joe would have no part of that. Joe Louis earned something like $4,500,000. It's too bad his managers didn't see that he kept more of it. That might have prevented the one-time grand performer from making a show of himself. 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