The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 31, 1954 · Page 11
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, March 31, 1954
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31. 19154 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEW! Gavilan Must Contain Rough Swarming Tactics of Olson By JIMMY BBESLIN NEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — A couple of guys who learned to use their fists in places thousands of miles apart — Kid Gavilan of Camaguey, Cuba, and Carl Olson of Honolulu, Hawaii — will find themselves in uncomfortably close quarters on April 2nd. That would be when Gavilan the i and Randy Turpin of England in an welterweight champion of the world, step* into the Chicago Stadium ring —and the bright face on your living room wall—in a try to lift the mid- elimination set-up started when Ray Robinson retired. It will be Gavilan's first try for the same title, although the Kid has had more than dleweight title from Olson in what ( a few jousts with top middleweight* ^appears to be one of the biggest -Indoor fights of the past few years. This will be Olson'* first defense of th ISO-pound crown he won by beating Paddy Young of New York LaStarza Bitter Following Defeat Thinks He Won London Fight; Cocked Talks of Title Shot By STERLIN SLAPET LONDON (fl-TDon Cockell, Britain's farmer-blacksmith-boxer, a real triple-threater, was the man of the hour here today aod 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean Ocean heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano no doubt was doing some fast calculating-. Cockell, who grew too heavy to plod his" way along the light heavyweight trail, outpointed Roland Laza last night in Earls Court rena and immediately skyrocketed to a contending role in the heavyweight picture. Except for the first four rounds, the fight wasn't even close. Cockell, a 2-1 underdog, took over in the fifth and piled up points the rest of the way. Some British experts had i»argin as wide as 8-2 in rounds. For four rounds, LaStarza looked as though he intended to do a workmanlike job on Cockell. But the Britisher caught wise in the fifth, became the aggressor and broke up LaStarza's counterpunch- i»g. "Rollie never really hurt me," said the dumpy victor. "It was nice to win." A very close-mouthed lad. His manager, John Simpson, said there have been no definite offers to fight Marciano. "If I get an offer and it's good enough I'll take it," he said. "If nothing else comes along, we'll probably fight Harry Matthews in Seattle again." Cockell was warned four times about low blows, and LaStarza and his manager, Jimmy De Angelo, both said the American would have been disqualified if it had been the other way around. "To tell the truth," said La- arza ruefully, "I was expecting during his career. * PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL BOXING Clubs officials hopefully £fty the match should rival the largest indoor gate in history—the $422,918 which Tony Zale and Rocky Mar. ciano drew at the same arena in 1947. A neutral box office guess would place the figure somewhere near $250,000—but the amount of people expected to see the match will be staggering, thanks to telvision. The bout is on the regular Friday night TV hookup, with only the Chicago area blacked out. Whether you're among the 18,000 plus at Chicago Stadium or one-of the millions who will see it from TV-side, it will be worth seeing. In Gavilan, you have the flash and class of a remarkable fighter. The normally placid and fun-loving Cuban fights with reckoned fury. In his last two big ones at Chicago he ruined Chuck Davey and Johnny Bratton- * * AGAINST THE HARD-BITTEN Olson, you can expect to see Gavilan at his determined best. Hell move, jabbing with his left and then hooking the same hand. The Kid does not figure to try and slug it out with Olson on the inside—where Bobo is at his best—but, rather, will stay on the outside, using the ring, and catching his man coming to him. "I fight heem with thees, top," the Kid says with on finger on his temple. Gavilan makes no' secret that he feels he can out-think the Hawaiian once the bell rings. Olson, however, is not in the four- thls. I was told before I came that I'd have to win by a knockout. I was slow starting and fought a bad fight. But I think I won." Try for a knockdown Rollie did— and desperately in the 10th and final round. It was a real melee with LaStarza striving desperately to connect. But he had neither the power nor the aim. When it ended, he was working so hard he didn't even hear the bell and Referee Gene Henderson had to get him in a headlock and drag him to his corner. LaStarza weighed 189% to Cockell's 211. The victory was Cockell's 57th against 10 losses while for LaStarza it was his fifth defeat against 54 triumphs. round class. He feints with his head and shoulders and bores in continually—throwing a three-minute-around combination of punches. Olson is deceiving. He doesn't give any impression of greatness. But he is strictly business in a ring and works overtime. Rather tha» clinch he'll fire away with both hands inside. He's been scored as a weak hitter, yet had Turpin on the floor twice and knocked out Joe Rindone in his last two fight. His right hand to the liver is a proven strength-sapping blow. * • * OLSON'S LIKING FOR PLENTY of action was a big reason why he was rated a 2-1 favorite in early betting. Gavilan always has made his own type of fight. It usually consists of rapid, eye-catching flurries of 30 seconds or so, spaced with nearly a minute of easy cake-walking to catch his breath. He is almost certain to find Olson completely agreeable to the flurries—but a very reluctant person When it's time for those "breathing periods." Olson probably will do his best to keep the pace going for the full round in his plugging style. If Gavilan can keep Olson from turning the thing into a punching marathon, he'll have everything going for him..But if he can't contain the busy Hawaiian, it does not figure to be one of his most pleasant nights in a ring. ..By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS,. Pittsburgh (N- 3, Boston (A) 0 Chicago (N) 3, Baltimore (A) 1 Cleveland ( A) 2, New York (N) 1 Philadelphia (N) 7, New York (A) 6 Washington (A) 0, Cincinnati (N) 3 Milwaukee (N) 27, Savannah (SAL) 0 San Antonio (TL) 12, Cincinnati (N) "B" 3 New York (A) "B" 10, St. Petersburg (FTL) 4 Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS London—Don Cockell, 211, London, outpointed Roland LaStarfea, 189y 2 , New York, 10. Washington — Floyd Patterson, 167, New York, stopped Sammy Brown, 168 y 2 , Newark, N. J. 2. Jacksonville, Fla. — Joe Baksi, 239, Kulpmont, Pa., knocked out Billy Smith, 229, Aiken, S. C., 1. Coleman Improves Yanks-Raschi By HARRY GRAYSON NEA Sports Editor ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (NEA) — There is some concern about Jerry Coleman's aerial stunts over Korea having taken some of the bounce out of his second base acrobatics for the Yankees. Coleman, 29, is called upon to accomplish something only a hand- to do — "come again," as they say at the horse tracks, after a second hitch in the armed forces. Vic Raschi, now lucky to be a Cardinal, is not among those worried about Coleman. The Spring' field Rifle makes the somewhat astonishing statement that Coleman for Billy Martin improves the World Champions. Everybody agreed that Martin was a standup-and-cheer performer when he took full charge of the World Ser' last fall, but Raschi, the old looks at a ballplayer over a piece of ground. "Everybody speaks about the great year Martin had," he says. "The truth is that it wasn't so extraordinary. His batting average was no more than .257. What hap- .Gavilan in the last few seconds of a round." * * * IT IS POINTED out that Coleman, 13 pounds heavier than he ;was when Martin took over for 'him early in 1952, may have lost some of his speed, but Raschi assures Casey Stengel and his old playmates that the Marine jet pi- .lot will come around. "Jerry is too good a competitor not to," asserts Raschi, who teamed with him to win three world championships and with Martin for two more. "A stretch of years would prove th£t Coleman is a better infielder than Martin. "He's superior to Martin making the double play. "He'll field balls that Martin wouldn't get his hands on. "While Martin has a bit more power, Coleman will hit the ball safely oftener, as he demonstrated in 1950, when he batted .287." If a ballplayer ever richly deserved to have a big year, it is Jerry Coleman. The Marine hero had hardly broken into the chain when tapped for three years of service with many missions in the South Pacific. Then, when he had fully established himself as a major league star, the Marine airj branch called on his to further dis-' tinguish himself as a jet fighter pilot. e • • HIS KNEE APPARENTLY sound, Raschi, down to an even 200 pounds as against 219 a year ago, is taking his full six-foot stride for the first time since a cartilage was bent back sliding into Jim Hegan in Cleveland in 1950. Fluid developed when the cartilage was re- line. "If Raschi felt so good," moans Casey Stengel, "why didn't he tell us about it?" - pened was that he closed like Kid moved, and while Raschi won 21 mm*- GET THIS games each in '50 and '51 and 16 in '52, he did it with a shortened stride. While he explains that X-ray treatments finally healed the knee last July, his winning total was I reduced to 13. But he now looks and throws like the old Raschi, insists he hasn't been so healthy in four years. 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