The Darcy story : from blacksmith's apprentice to world's champion boxer / by Solar Plexus Solar Plexus, 1867-1938

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Solar Plexus, 1867-1938
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Darcy, Les, 1895-1917.; Boxers (Sports) - Australia - Biography.; Boxing--Australia--History.
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THE DARCY STORY The Life of the Australian-born World's Champion Boxer TOLD BY SOLAR PLEXUS (WILL LAWLESS) PRICE 1/' SPORTSMEN! ALL READ The Evening N ews AND The Sunday News PRICE - - ONE PENNY LATEST, BRIGHTEST, BEST REG. (s now y) BAKER SPORTING EDITOR. THE DARCY FAMILY. The recently deceased Frank, and a younger brother, are missing. The late champion is standing in the centre of the picture, between Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Last photo, of the late champion. Taken after interview with Governor of Tennessee, who gave Ills consent for Darcy to box, when Darcy had joined the Flying Corps. He died soon after. MIKE HAWKINS AND LES DARCY. Champion’s first photo. He was but fifteen, yet at that early age showed immense power in his large, w'ellformed formed neck. Hawkins was his first and only trainer, a good, honest and faithful pal. Late champion and his many youthful ful admirers at the Spit Baths, Mosman. Even when his wonderful ability made him world famous, Les still remained “King of the Kids.” LATE LES DARCY. World’s Greatest Middleweight. This photo was taken in Sydney by Mr. Milton Kent. THE— Darcy Story FROM BLACKSMITH’S APPRENTICE TO WORLD’S CHAMPION BOXER. By ." SOLAR PLEXUS.” The Life Story of the Late LES DARCY. How he got his Chance. His First Fight. Fights with Jeff Smith, Clabby, Chip, King, Crouse, Dave Smith, McGoorty and others. An unbroken record of success upon success. EDITORIAL This is-the authentic story of the short but remarkable markable career of the late Les Darcy, one of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen. It tells of his brilliant and meteoric rise to the position of world’s champion of champions, and of his cruel fall, brought about by the intrigues and machinations of those who, had-they achieved their end, would have grabbed 95 per cent, of the enormous prize money which appeared certain to fall to Darcy’s skill. By way of introduction, I am giving a few intimate mate details of the environment in which Darcy spent his boyhood’s days. That truth is stranger than fiction is a truism, and the story told here will be found to be as full of exciting incident and stirring ring interest as the most thrilling romance from the pen of a Oonan Doyle. > “SOLAR PLEXUS.” CONTENTS ' Chapter Page I.—Early Days. The Young Breadwinner 3 ll.—Tho Country “Mug”—How He made Good 4 111. —Early Successes 5 IV. —‘Further Triumphs 7 V.—Darcy Gets His Chance . 8 Vl.—Darcy’s First Big Fight 9 Vll.—How Darcy Lost in Return Match with Holland 11 Vlll.—Darcy’s Clcar-cut Victory over Mar- j chand .13 j IX. The Meeting with Christie 15 X. —Fred Dyer Outpointed in Brisbane ... 10 Xl.—Tho Darcy-Jeff Smith Contest ....... 17 Xll.—His Contests with Loughrey, Holland, Demlen, and Smith . IS j XIII. —Tho Smith-Darcy Return Battle 21 XIV. —Eager for Meeting with McGoorty .... 22 XV.—How He was Released from His Indentures dentures 22 XVl.—His Easy Defeat of Murray and Dyer ~ 28 XVII. —His Win Over Clabby , . 29 XYIH.—The First Darcy-Clahby Contest 30 . XlX.—Why He did not meet Harry Reeve .. 30 XX.—Old Timers’ Performances Compared . 31 XXII.—My Views on Proposed American Trip 33 • XXIII.—How McGoorty Knocked Australia ... 34 XXlV.—What Happened prior to the Return Darcy-McGoorty Contest ......... 35 XXV.—Preliminaries of the Historic Darcy- McGoorty Return Fight . : -37- XXVI.—The Return Match with McGoorty .... 38 Chapter Pa** XXVll.—Eulogistic Remarks on my Judgment concerning the Possibilities of the Late Les Darcy 41 XXVIII.—His Claim for Middleweight Champion. . ship Honours still disputed by Americans 43 XXIX.—His Easy Victory Over K. O. Brown .. 44 XXX.—How He Won Heavyweight Title from Harold Hardwick ... 45 XXXl.—Defends Heavyweight. Title against Les O’Donnell 45 XXXll.—Again Defeats Brown 47 XXXIII.—Darcy Scares Rumanian Costica ...... 4S XXXlV.—Darcy Real Middleweight Champion . . 4 9 XXXV.—“He will Whip Jes Willard” 43 XXXVI.—The Buck Crouse Contest 50 XXXVII.—Darcy and the Americans . 51 XXXVIII.—Darcy a World’s Wonder 52 XXXlX.—Darcy and Previous Alleged Champions 53 XL.—The Darcy-Dare Smith Contest 53 XLl.—Extracts from “New York Polled , Gazette” 54 XLII.—Mr. Sid. Baker’s Challenge on behalf of Darcy ....’. .... . 54 XLlll.—Darcy Again Defeats Dave Smith ; . 54 XLIV. —George Chip Arrives 65 ' -XLV.—Darcy Again Beats Clabby ;. ... i i 56 " XLVI.—The Contest—-Darcy’s Easy Job t 0...,. - 56' XLVII.—How Darcy Loft Australia .;. .v’. 57/ XLVIII.—That Lotter. to Darcy : 59- XLIX—The Cruel End 61 CHAPTER I Les Da rev was born (in October ill, 181)5. at \V oodviilo viilo in the far-famed Paterson Liver • district. of sunny Non - .South \V;*ies. lie was the second of a family of eleven, and man’.' of his brothers and sisters ters may he said to. have- only just emerged from the swaddling clothes period of their existence. From an early age Les was, with his father, tin; only wage-earner for this very large family of baby brothers thers and sisters, and for many years they lived in poor circumstances. The wage of a blacksmith’s apprentice prentice is scarcely a princely one, yet it was largely ly upon this that the family had to keep body and soul together. Les in those days was a line, strapping ping specimen of the young Australian—big-boned, muscular and well developed—and the trade to .which he was apprenticed was one that attuned his muscles for the even more strenuous but more lucrative tive calling in'which he was later to shine. His eldest brother, through an accident at birth, was a helpless cripple, and was therefore unable to assist sist to keep the family larder replenished. Of this elder brother I can, nevertheless, say that a more charming youth in every way never existed. His maiiy little thoughtful actions to myself and others, who attended his brother’s funeral at East Maitland, on that ever-to-be-remembered July Ist, 1917, will never be forgotten. Thanks to the generosity of his dead brother, the’ future of “Major,” as this crippled lad is so well and favorably known throughout out the Northern district, is assured* because he became came the possessor of the deceased’s motor-car, by which, through deserved popularity and expert knowledge of motor driving, “Major” has been able to earn a comfortable living. The defect in “Major’s” make-up is a badly deformed formed foot. With a pair of sound underpins the lad, as he has frequently proved, when put upon by fellows looking for an easy conquest, would have made a name for himself second only to that earned by his famous younger brother. Next to Les comes Frank, better known by the sobriquet of “Frosty,” and he also, if less promising than Les, is notwithstanding, standing, chockful of fighting instinct and ability. Although he did not follow in the footsteps of the shazepion of champions and take on blaeksraithing, preferring the calling of a baker, he has the same Early Days. The Young Bread-winner. .strong neck and shoulders, and now that he h -n d-'r)- >d to.grow, has developed into a line figure 0/ a man \vi!h a K.O. pnneh in either hand, as was sho"m 1 >,y the manner in which lie outcd Dan Tierney, r, r- McLaughlin, and,Al Cullen, and the Victorian champion pion Barney Thompson in recent battles. That ho will he as strong as was his dead brother I cannot believe. Men of Les Darcy’s stamp only once in a hundred years, but at their corresponding ages Frank seems to have the greater punch. This might appear so because of their different methods, for whilst Les was always punching with left and right, Frank is more deliberate in delivering his blows. Still, there is every likelihood of “Frosty” turning out half as good, which, in normal times, will bo sufficient to enrich him, and he may perhaps prove superior to any other man in the world at his weight. My candid opinion is that Los Darcy himself was easily 100 per cent, better than any other middleweight weight of his day. All the other male members of the family, though still vei’y young, have a strong resemblance to their late brother—the same pleasant smile, the same game, bright eyes, strong neck, and powerful shoulders. ders. Of the baby of the family—a mite of four years—l can tell a remarkably funny stovy, which, had I no witnesses, 1 should fear might not he believed. lieved. ' At one of the many patriotic entertainments promoted moted by Mr. Jack Burns and other well-known residents sidents of Balmain, a four-round exhibition spar between tween clever Dave Smith and his world-famed pupil, the late Les Darcy, was one of the star Items. Mrs. Darcy and her infant, then four months old, occupied cupied a seat in the front row. Babylike, the youngest est member of the Darcy family paid no heed to what was going on until, after being kissed by his big brother, the youngster’s eyes followed Les on to the stage. When the spar began baby’s chubby fists worked up and down in a Very offensive manner, ner, his eyes bulged, and he was highly eScitcd, and, as good old Fred Holland remarked (Fred was one of the many who witnessed this extraordinary happening), “Gee! How can you expect to beat s Darcy! Why, damn, it, they are born fighters!'* CHAPTER II. In reviewing the circumstances which led up to tbc entry of Les Darcy into the boxing world avc must recall the extraordinary revival which took place in pugilism in 1908. Up to that time the possible sible stake earnings of a successful boxer amounted to a few paltry pounds for each contest Avon. With tho entry of Mr. Hugh D. Mclntosh into the game and the opening of the Stadium, a radical change Avas brought about. Interest in the sport revived in the most astonishing Avay, and such were the financial ancial possibilities offering that a top-notch performer former avrs placed in the position of being able to earn sufficient in a few short years to enable him to live in Kasy-strcet for the rest of his life. As a result sult of this revival the youth of the country Avent boxing mad. Operations wci’e by no means confined to the city, and in the northern districts of NeAV South Wales, Avhere Les Darcy spent his boyhood, every barn and shed became a boxing arena, where many gory battles were fought. Numerous private boxing clubs Avere organised, and nightly contests were promoted. Les Darcy, at this time a well-grown boy, twelve years of age, caught the fever in an acute form. Every night found him an enthralled spectator of one or other of these rough-and-tumble Rnd often he joined in and became an active participant. pant. This went on for mahy Aveeks, until one day his mother was taken suddenly and seriously ill. It is eloquent testimony to the innate goodness of the boy’s nature that from that moment he sacrificed the hobby which had grown to be his principal interest terest in life, and set himself to sec to the welfare of his baby brothers and sisters. At this time of erisis in the affairs of the family the wholehearted youngster found no time for play. Prom early morning ing till late at night he Avas busily hunting here, there, and evcryAvhere for any kind of work which would enable him to keep the children from actual want. He fed, clothed, and Avashcd them, and, I know, was often himself on the verge of starvation. knd even then they were many a time compelled to go foodless to their beds. This was a great testing time for Les, and very nobly did he respond. One of his employers was an old lady (Mrs. Cummins) who kept a dairy. This good old soul found many odd jobs for Les to do, and often could he have been seen in the coAvyards early on a Avinter’s morning, ing, minus boots (the state of the family exchequer would not run to such luxuries), and his poor young feet cracked and bleeding. But always he wore that pleasant smile which was afterwards to win the keaarts of thousands of his fclloAv countrymen. The Country “Mug." How He Made Good In due course Mrs. Darcy recovered and came out of hospital, and, lvitlr liis principal anxieties thus removed, Les hvas able again to turn to the sport which held for him such a strong appeal. About this time the youngster learnt that in a certain shop in the town there was a second-hand set of boxing gloves for sale at 6s. 6d. His heart became set on gaining possession of those gloves. Every odd penny he could spare Avas carefully hoarded, and day after day the lad could be seen standing outside that shop AvindoAV eyeing the much-coveted prize Avithin. But 6s. 6d. represented a large sum of money to Lcs in those days, and the little pile of coppers, grew all too slowly. After Aveeks of scraping he managed to increase his hoard to 3s. 6d., but the other 3s. seemed far aAvay indeed. His perpetual dread Avas that someone one might get in first and secure the gloves, and every day he anxiously visited the shop to make sure that they were still on sale. At last he made up his mind to a drastic step. Summoning all his courage he confided his ambition to his kind old employer, and asked her to lend him the balance of the money. Imagine his joy when Mrs. Cummings complied Avith his request, and he fared forth with the silver coins rattling in his breeches pocket to make the purchase. It is safe to say that there Avas not a prouder or happier lad than Les Darcy in the whole of Australia on that day. With the possession sion of those gloves his young ambition became doubly fired, and night after night he might have been seen wending his way from barn to barn Avith those wonderful mits in a sugar bag tlirovm across his shoulder. Les Darcy’s first public appearance took place on August 8, 1911, at the West Maitland Town Hall in a preliminary bout to the Billy Hannan-Charley Raff, contest. He beat a local lad called Pacoe. Of that first contest little heed be said, but about that time a youngster named Orchard Avon a bantamweight tourney, and threw out a challenge to any 8.4 boy in the northern district to meet him. The challenge was immediately taken up by Les Darcy, but the challenger laughed at what he considered Darcy’s impudence, and told him to go and make a “rep.” before he had the cheek to challenge a man who had won a tourney. It is strange to reeall that incident, and to remember that in five years’ time the despised ed acceptor of the challenge was to become tho greatest middleweight that ever lived, whilst the challenger’s start and finish was in that paltry tournament. ■ Early Successes. CHAPTER III One of the early achievements which marked Les Darcy out as a youth of promise, took place at the "West Maitland show of 1911. A showman named Sam Norman came along with his team of boxers, and drove a thriving trade owing to the fact that no one was found capable of earning the £1 which was offered to anyone staying four rounds with any of his men. A£l prize was a whole heap of money to young Les in those days, and he made up his mind that the prize should be his. The boy’s prowess was already known in the district, however, and Norman decided that rather than risk defeat for his team he would take on the local crack himself. Les, quite undaunted, took up the challenge and the showman got the shock of his life when the East Maitland boy knocked him cold. So nettled was Norman that he readied up “Young” Athorne for Les. Athorne was a:clever, hard-hitting youngster, who had made quite a name for himself in Sydney, and it was thought would surely K.O. the East Maitlander, but, like Norman, he was also put to sleep. At that time Mick Hawkins had a stable which comprised Les Darcy, Matt Ross and Eric Newton, a wonderful featherweight, who was one of the first batch of Australians to lose his life at the front. Les, at this time, boxed a great deal ■with Donohue, a good man of local fame, who brought the embryo champion on, and made him as fit as nails for his encounter. This took place at Thornton against “Governor” Balser, one of the fastest and best boxers up north. Les won in twelve rounds. Boxing was booming well at Newcastle in 1912 and Mr. Alec Burke, a butcher of East Maitland, entered Les for the lightweight division of a tourney ney that was to be held there. Once more the boy proved victorious. The then gritty, clever and popular lar heavyweight Les O'Donnell was referee, and had no difficulty in arriving at the correct decisions in those bouts in which the coming champion figured, but in the semi-final Harry Emery gave Les a hard fight. In the second round Darcy’s right cracked Harry on the jaw so hard that he saw a dozen opponents ponents in front of him for a few moments, but in the sth Emery got even by cracking Les on the same spot with the same effect. Darcy was frequently heard to state that this was the hardest punch he ever received. Darcy’s showing in this tournament was a revelation tion co O’Donnell, who said then, and repeated it to tha Sydney boxing writers of that time, that in Darcy we had the makings of a world’s champion. Shortly after this another tourney was inaugurated ated at the same place, and although Darcy could easily have entered for the lightweight division (the limit in those days was 10 stone, and ha unly weighed ed 9.7), he dec£d«d-4»-4atkeon‘<li©JweltocK. Tfee raajority jority of these were welters with a bit to spare. For instance, Tom Page, whom Darcy beat in the final, tipped the scales at 12 stone if he weighed an ounce. The scales upon which the weighing was done were set at 10.4, so that it did not matter how much- the over-poundage might be the limit to it? weighing power was 10.4. In spite of the enormous amount of weight he was called upon to give away, however, Les had no difficulty in accounting -for all his opponents. It was a wonderful performance for a lad of sixteen. If a matured man of, say, 23, weighing half a si below the lightweight limit of the time, had beaten a host of husky mid-heavyweights, he would have been boomed to the very skies, but for some unexplained plained reason Les’ great work did not get the re-, cognition it deserved. . Consequently the D.< > ily still continued to eke out an existence on Lhc small salary which their brother brought in. In spite of the frequent booming given to Les by me in “The Arrow,” and personally, the Sydney promoters moters could not see their way clear to give him a start in the big smoke. In 1912 a colored lad named Dave Depena wa* showing great form as one of Sam Langford’s large stable, and after trying hard to get a suitable match for his protege, the mighty Sam thought it would be a shame not to go to Newcastle and collect the easy money which he believed could be made by backing his boy against the soft snap from East Maitland. So to Newcastle he went, and on November ber 4 of that year the Darcy-Depena contest was brought off. The match created considerable interest, rest, as it was well known that Langford looked upon it as a “good thing” for Depena. Much to his astonishment, however, the country “mug” made his man stop in the ninth round. In connection with this contest an incident occurred red which, trifling as it may have been, thoroughly convinced me that Darcy’s strength and fighting ability were on a par with his wonderful confidence. It was a-few moments before the advertised time for hostilities to commence when, in compliance with the usual custom, Les, accompanied by Mike Hawkins and his other seconds, entered the ring, The minutes passed, and there was no appearance of the other side, and I could see that Les was becoming coming impatient. It was easily realised that this delay was purposely brought about in order to unnerve nerve the East Maitlander, and Hawkins was not slow in warning the lad of the ruse. He smiled his pleasantest smile, and from, that moment all trace of impafienco wamshed- As a .matter of fact, this was an objectionable American custom practised a good deal by -visitors from the United States in those, days. Sam Langford, in the meantime, instead of being in the dressing-room attending to liis boy’s final rubbing down, was seated in Darcy ’s angle chatting away to the latter as pleasantly as possible, and every now and then telling him what a, trouncing he .was about to receive. This, instead of having the desired effect of putting fear into the boy’s heart, merely made him laugh heartily. After a while Langford playfully suggested that as Depena was so late in putting in an appearance, he (Langford) should take his place in the ring. Les turned quickly, ly, and with a queer light in his eyes, said: —“I wish you meant it. I’d love to box a few rounds with you.” Little did Sam think that the boy whose leg lie was trying-to pull, would, three short years later, be seriously spoken of as the most 1 worthy opponent of his own great self. Darcy’s next opponent was Jimmy Bums—a good, hard, game lightweight, of West Maitland— whq. was tipped as being the mail who would surely stop the Easterner’s onward march. After putting up a wonderful battle Jimmy was beaten by the knockout out in the eleventh round. Just then there was another Maitland boxer who was well up among the best lightweights of the day. His name was Billy Hannan. After earning quite a long record of wdns round the northern towns, Billy’ decided to try his luck in Sydney, and made a capital start by outing Finney, Arthur Douglas’ sparring partner, in one round at the Old Gaiety’. He fought a twenty-round draw with Dave Meekin at'Newcastle, and on his second visit to Sydney 7 outed ed in short order and quick succession Joe Conroyand and Charley,and Harry Raff. At that time that splendidly-controlled body, the Wellington (N.Z.) Boxing Association, had written to the Australian representative of the Association (a position which, by the way, I have held for years) asking for a suitable opponent for their good honest est pld champion, Tim Tracey. Upon my recommendation mendation Hannan got the trip, and beat the New Zealander by a knockout in the fifteenth' round. On his return horned Billy 7 was deemed a good match for Arthur Douglas, who, at one period of his career, was, in my opinion, the best lightweight in the world. Hannan, therefore, suffered no disgrace in being whipped by this redoubtable antagonist in ten rounds. After a second trip to the land of the Moa, where' he again did well, Hannan had no difficulty in finding ing backers for a match with the youthful Darcy, but the latter put paid to his more experienced countryman’s tryman’s account in the eighteenth round. Poor brave little “Regio” was the next to try his luck with Les, but was compelled to cry enough in the eighth round. Right up to the time of his gallant lant death at the Eront “Regio” proudly 7 boasted that he was the one and only man who had knocked the champion of champions off his feet. It happcn■ ■ cd when Les was off his balance.- A wild left swing, catching him on the side of the head, caused him to fall; but, rising immediately, the embryo champion fought hack iu dead earnest, and, although liis opponent ponent had no superior and very few equals in grit, he was oblig'ed to cry.enough. A match was next suggested between Darcy and Rillv McNabb, the extremely hard-hitting Cessnock butcher. The latter's friends and a big percentage of Maitlandcrs felt certain that the lad was flying much too high, and fried to persuade him to dodge McNabb, for the time being at least; but, listening to the advice of Mike Hawkins, as he did in almost all things connected with matchmaking, Les signed articles and fought, and beat McNabb on points in a twenty-round contest oft October 25, 1010. This was a great performance, seeing that Les had injured jured both hands badly early in the tight. Just prior to the battle Bob Whitelaw challenged the winner. Mike Hawkins preferred waiting until his boy’s hands had mended, but Les, for the first and only time, refused to accept his advice, and insisted sisted upon signing up for a eontest and on Nov. o, hut a few days later, he foolishly took on the best welterweight in Australia, and was beaten on points. This reverse was solely due to the fact that he was unable to do himself full justice owing to his much puffed and greatly damaged hands. At that time Mike Hawkins was approached by certain men connected nected with the sport, and offered quite a large amount of money if he would consent to the match, but he refused point blank, knowing that tlic, boy would not have a hundred to one chance of winning over so formidable an opponent as Whitelaw, unless less his hands were in proper shape. ", All my booming in “The Referee ’’ seemed to have no effect at the time, and Darcy’s defeat by Whitelaw law afforded an excellent handle for the Stadium people, who still turned a deaf ear to the suggestions of a match with the Maitland boy as a, principal. With good old “Sugar” Flanagan as secretary and matchmaker for the Olympia Stadium, however, we saw' a ray of light, as “Sugar,” from his own personal knowledge and that gained from the oftexpressed expressed opinion of his friend, Les O’Donnell, was a great admirer of Darcy, and I knew he (Darcy) would get a chance. ’ It came sooner than was expected, and Les’s opponent ponent was Englishman Jack Clarke, whom he knocked out in nine rounds. I felt that this performance formance was surely good enough to warrant a match at headquarters being arranged, but still no move was made in that direction. I am still at a loss to understand the attitude adopted by the Stadium people to* Darcy at this stage, of his career. At this point in our story we must hark back to the early days of Darcy’s career, and recount an incident which has just come to mind. This inci- Sent, had it been witnessed by the Stadium folk, would, I fedl certain, have impressed them so much that their attitude to the young Maitlander would have been different. They must have marvelled to think that a mere hoy of sixteen could have put up such a wonderful performance. Arthur Douglas, the great South African lightweight, weight, was at this time training for his match with Whitelaw. Les was always keenly interested in the work of any of the many celebrated visiting boxers who came to these shores, and was a frequent visitor tor at Douglas’ training rooms. One day he asked to be allowed to spar three rounds with the South African. Douglas was agreeable, and. the private bout was arranged to go, not over tjiree rounds, but over six. Now, everyone knew that, game as Douglas las was in. battle, he was, at the lowest estimate, 40 per cent, better in the gymnasium, where lie had more than held his own against, the majority of. his sparring, partners. These, at various times, had included cluded Ted Whßeing, who at that time was in line for tlie middleweight championship, and had beaten such cracks as Jerry Jerome, Gus Dcvitt, Bill Rudd. Tim Land, and Roy Kenny and had lasted the full twenty rounds with Cripps and Clubby, when this pair were at the top of their form. The six-round bout duly came off, and the pair boxed at a faster clip than any of those present had ever witnessed. At the end of the bout, to everyone’s astonishment, Les wanted still more, but Douglas’s manager would not allow it, fearing that his lad might overdo his work and thereby damage his chances of success in his forthcoming contest with Whitelaw. This private bout was not arranged for the purpose pose of trying the S.A. champion out. Arthur’s great quality had been shown on many previous occasions. The object was rather to discover whether Les could take punishment, and if there, were any' present that day who were in doubt on that score they went away thoroughly satisfied that Les was as tough as leather and game as the proverbial pebble. CHAPTER IV. Another interesting incident .in connection with these early days of Les Darcy’s career occurred one Sunday at the Newtown Railway and Tramway Gymnasium. The lad paid a visit to this institution in the hope of being given the opportunity of indulging dulging in a spar with'one of the large number of good boxers who frequented that resort. Immediately ly upon expressing his desire for a few rounds, it was suggested that Darcy should don the gloves against Sid Deering, a hard-fighting and hard-hitting ting middleweight, who never played light, and always ways aimed at “outing” his opponent. Darcy at once fell in with the proposal, and those present were delighted with the prospect of seeing their champion knocking out the boyish-looking country “mug.” Once more Darcy proved his quality, however, ever, and Deering’s friends had to sit .by and see their hero severely handled by this mere boy. Following his victory over Jack Clarke, this great performance caused a great deal of talk among the good sports of the southern suburbs, and the opinion ion was expressed on all sides that Darcy was a cut above, the ordinary, but the Stadium folk persisted in ignoring his qualification, and a Saturday night fight at Rushcutter’s Bay was still withheld from him. Fortunately good old “Sugar” Flanagan was looking after the lad’s welfare, and matched Les with, a good little fighter named Young Hanley, a pupil of that clever instructor Tommy of that ilk, wto thought so much of his boy’s chance that he put up a, fairly substantial side bet on the result. After playing with his man for a round or so, Les put him to sleep in the fifth session. , DARCY v. SUMMERS. Yet another good trial was given Darcy before the lad showed his paces in an advertised contest in Sydney. This took place whilst Johnny Summers was preparing for his contest with Tom McCormick. This match, although not for the Lonsdale belt, then in possession of Summers, really decided who was . England’s premier welterweight, and McCormick won. Now, in spite of what might be said.of Johnny’s comparatively poor showing on that occasion, it was not lack of conditioii that caused bis downfall. He was as well for that light as it was possible for hands to make him, and yet lie could make no impression on the lad Darcy when the pair met in a spar. Les took Johnny’s famous left hooks to his chin without a flinch, and all the time forced the English champion pion to break ground. This bout was witnessed by Mr. Stewart Robinson, son, Mr. “Sugar” Flanagan, and the writer, besides, sides, of course, the many hundred local enthusiasts who never missed an afternoon watching Johnny at work, and it was really the means of getting Darcy his chance at headquarters later on. In the meantime Billy McNabb was training hard in the hope of getting a return match with Darcy, and was much annoyed when the later signed articles ticles for a contest with Whitelaw. This disappointment, pointment, together with the fact that he did not consider the decision in their previous contest the coiTect one, rankled in the butcher boy’s breast, and made him speak ill-of his opponent, A good Further Triumphs deal of bitterness was thus engendered between the lads. Les, though preparing for the WliitelaxV contest, test, promised to meet McNabb. a month later, and* after knocking out Bob in the fifth round on March 21, lie administered the same dose to Billy in four rounds oil April 23, 19.1-L At the time of the signing of articles and again just prior to entering the ring Darcy and McNabb indulged, in high words, and, but for the balance and forbearance shown by the former, the pair might have come to blows then and there. The contest test which followed was probably the only really bitter one of Darcy’s career, and was fought “all in,” so to speak. In every one of Darcy’s many brilliant efforts, with the exception of the fight in which “Buck” Crouse “sneaked one over,” the deceased never entered tered the ring with an idea other than to win with as litfle punishment as possible for his opponent. It must be admitted that it would have been better for many of his victims had he boxed with the intention tion of winning at the earliest possible opportunity. He would then Imvc been kind to be cruel, whereas the line he took, was really cruel to be kind. With McNabb it was different. Billy had hurt his feelings, and he set about the Cessnock crack at such a pace that at any moment it looked likb a k.o. victory tory for Darcy. All the time he was in the ring the light was akin to that brilliant spurt by which he so completely overwhelmed the American Crouse in 1917. By the defeat of two such good men as Clarke and Hanley, aiad his good work in private, combined with the continual “boosting” ox myself, .Darcy naturally urally thought there would be no difficulty in getting ting matched against some of the best men ou a Saturday night at headquarters, but every effort in that direction failed. In May, 1913, Mike Hawkins came to Sydney with Darcy to see a big battle which was fought at the Stadium. They were accompanied by the lad’s closest friend, and one of his best sparring ring partners, Jack Burns. Whilst Jack and Les remained on the outer, Mike Hawkins managed to get a word or two with the manager, who laughed at the idea of matching an unknown up-country boy with one of the well-known draw-cards, aDd declared that there was no prospect pect of drawing a payable house for such a contest. Hawkins offered to give £5OO for the rent of the house for one .night, and said he was prepared to bet £lOO that the lad’s friends alone would nearly pack the’ house. He xvas only laughed at for his pains. Then came the unkindest cut of ail. The trio were refused free admission, and waited on the. off-ehance of getting a ticket or two from me. Learning ing from those who xvere standing around that I had .already arrived, and had entered the Stadium, thej- xvere about to purchase tickets for the cheap portion of the house-when Mr. Corbett, then of the “Sun,” arrived. Mike Hawkins put the position before Mr. Corbett, who provided passes for two. These were used by Les and Jack, and Mike Hawkins kins viewed the contest from the outer circle. This was the only occasion upon which Mr. Corbett provided vided either Darcy or Hawkins with passes CHAPTER V, **3f you try and don’t succeed, try again.” This may be said to have been the policy adopted by Darcy’s friends at this stage of his career. They knew that the boy only had to be given a chance at headquarters to make good, and were determined -not to rest until they had obtained for him the opportunity portunity which he had earned long since. My repeated peated appeals through the columns of “The Referee,” feree,” for a long time fell on barren ground, but by shear keeping-at it my efforts were at last rewarded. warded. A match was arranged between Darcy and Pred Holland, at that time one of the most cunning ftnd clever of our middleweights. It looked a pretty stiff proposition for a comparative novice, but neither ther Darcy himself nor his trainer felt any' doubt about the result. They xvere too glad to get the chance for which they had been xvaiting to have any qualms regarding the vratcome. Many followers of the game are inclined to the belief that I, “Solar Plexus,” alone xvas responsible tor Darcy's first chance. That is not the case. My Darcy Gets his Chance. continual harping on Darcy’s brilliancy must, of course, have had its effect upon the Stadium management, agement, but Darcy's wonderful ability must have brought him to the front sooner or latex*—he was a lad of destiny. But it must be remembered that Darcy had in a great measure to thank Mr. Stewart Robinson for the chance which ultimately came his way. We have already told of that trial “go” with Johnny Summers at Gate Hotel “gym,” which was witnessed by Mr. Robinson, a director of the Olympia Stadium Go., Ltd., “Sugar” Flanagan and myself. What he saw that day so impressed Mr. Robinson that when the two great boxing concerns, cerns, Stadiums Ltd. and the Olympia Go., amalgamated, mated, and Mr. Robinson became one of the directoi*s, ectoi*s, one of his first steps was to suggest a meeting ing between Darcy and a suitable opponent as a Saturday night attraction. Thus it was that on July 18th, 3914, nearly five years ago, Darcy’s remarkable markable career, which was to have so sad a determination, mination, commenced. JACK BURNS. JACK BURNS, Darcy’s best friend and earliest sparring partner, who would have shone as a boxer but he has ambitions tions for a higher profession. sion. He is studying medicine. cine. BILLY McNABB, nephew of old time Jim Fogarty, one of the hardest est hitting middleweights that ever lived. Billy was twice beaten by Darcy. BILLY McNABB. Master and Pupil. DAVE SMITH, ex-heavyweight champion of Australia, who, with the able assistance of American Jimmy FUton, was responsible for Darcy’s great ability. Darcy twice outed his former tutor for the title in 12 and 11 rounds. Australia’s Greatest Sports Outfitters and Tobacconists WE CATER FOR SMOKERS AND SHAVERS AND EVERY KIND OF SPORT AND RECREATION V 7 & 2? ?/»«• r-i 0,,,, itniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiii 1 I Specialists in all kinds of Sporting Repair Work | Illustrated "Can’t-B Beat Sportsman’s Guide,” "Sure Catch Angler’s Guide” and “ Sunol Smokers’ Guide.” Gratis and Post Free. HEADQUARTERS Haymarket - Sydney Branches. CITY, SUBURBS, NEWCASTLE and BRISBANE. THE HOLLAND-DARCY BOUT. ALL MAITLAND SEEMED PRESENT. The many trips which the lad made in company with his guide, philosopher and friend, Mike HawkinSj kinSj from their home in West Maitland to the Sydney ney Stadium were more than repaid on that memorable able night, for never before nor since have so many thousands paid for admission to the now worldfamous famous Rushcutter’s Bay boxing resort. Alike Hawkins kins was indeed a true prophet when he stated that Darey would pack the house with his Maitland friends alone. This proved actually to be the case. They came down in special train loads to see their popular idol in action, and more than 3000 late arrivals rivals were unable to gain admission. Jn spite of the fact that Fred Holland was at that time unbeaten beaten in this country, the up-country lad’s'big army of supporters, would, had betting been allowed ed as in the days of old, have emptied out, to use a racing phrase, on their man. In spite of the unexpectedly large house, bo biteh occurred, a high tribute to the Stadium’s efficient staff and those who controlled the tram traffic; also, to the fans themselves, all of whom, at the request of the large body of uniformed and plain clothes constables, formed themselves into queues which extesoded tesoded for- l»uadre<is of yewds- in -most orderly i&rrnation rnation in direct lines to the entrance gates of th<S various portions of the house. Nothing of an objectionable nature occurred.during ing the progress of the encounter. The ardent plaudits dits and encouraging cries that were showered on Darcy were only to be expected, for here was a mere lad, still in his 18th year, quite holding his own against a matured b'oxer of rare ability. But. never once did Holland receive unfair criticism. At 8.50 the mightiest cheer that ever rent the air at the Sydney Stadium heralded the arrival of Darey and his retinue of seconds. The reception was enough to unnerve the oldest campaigner in the game, but it had no apparent effect on the simple up-country boy, whose behaviour just then impressed ed us more than anything else. He had^no nerves, and to our mind was capable of performing any feat ih the boxing world. From that moment -I tipped him as & earning-champion. . ' Fully 75 per cent, of those present came with but one idea in view. They wanted to see the mneb« boomed Darcy in action, and- carried out their ia« tention to the very letter, for, judging by their bos, tile demonstration against the decision—a perfectly just one —in favor of Holland, they had eyes foi nothing but Darcy ’s work during the .progress tbe-sbattle. ' CHAPTER VI. , The usually dear and far-reaching voice of the Stadium's announcer was almost completely drowned ed by the hum of the excited thousands. Reporters occupying their customary ringside seats had to ask a second time for the respective weights of the contestants—Holland, 11.21; Darey, 11.1 j. The attendance tendance was enormous, proving my oft-repeated contention, that a eontest having a local lad as one of the principals would prove the best of draw cards even against the best in the game. With the putting on of the gloves, followed by the customary handshake, shake, the crowd, as if by some magic signal, became came quiet—so quiet, that, as Gilbert and Sullivan bad it, a fly’s footfall could have been distinctly heard. A moment later a mighty roar of encouragement. ment. went up for Dayev, when the battle began. Darey made the pace immediately. He blocked Holland’s left and simultaneously scored with a? snappy right to the head. Holland smiled, and again tried to connect with his left, but Darcy 's defence was too good, and, following on, he reached the much-surprised American’s head with left and right, I-es made a wild right swing for the body. Fred easily retreated, and with all bus force uppercut his right to the country boy’s mouth; exactly the same kind of .blow that put Albert Llovd down and out on Darcy’s First Big Fight a subsequent occasion. The-la tier's chin wasevi* dently made of more brittle material than Darcy's* for, instead of hurting the latter, it only made him fight all the harder, and, rushing Holland to the ropes, he jolted many lefts and rights -to-the-head in close. i At this- stage it looked as if the new- chum was going to settle the pretensions of one of America's best middleweights in double-quick time. Holland appeared nervous and unable to cope with the strength of his rushing young opponent. However, he pulled himself together, and near corners scored frequently with well placed lefts to the cose, draw* ing blood. Tn the second round Darcy again forced,' but only at close quarters did he do any damage. His left and right jolts scored often enough, but Holland, by a clever twist of his cunning .old head, robbed these blows of much of their weight, and at long range, by clever footwork and blocking, he made Darcy expend a deal of forle unnecessarily. Fred was evidently acting on the defensive.with the idea of tiring his inexperienced opponent, but, as many others were to learn, such a thing was impossible Darcv could set the pace from the word “go,’ 1 and sustain it throughout the fall twenty rounds, HOLLAND GETS GOING. Up to this point Darcy looked all over a winner, but in tho next session quite a big change came o’er the scene. Holland started operations by pumping left after left to Darcy’s damaged nose, and when tho latter rushed and swung left and. right the American blocked them grandly. DAROY DOWNED. Darcy’s next rush was again cleverly beaten. Fred side-stepped and, as' his man went blundering on, he delivered a hard left swing to the neck, sending Darcy to his hands and knees. . As indicating the good spirit in which the contest was fought throughout, out, Holland helped his man to rise. Fred continued to pile up points per medium of his straight left, but by his persistent, forcing Darcy managed at last to reach the head with a left hook. He followed up with a mighty right drive to the body, then left and right lo‘the head, too high up to more than the American, who was forced to hong OU desperately. On breaking away, Fred made much use of the ring, jtnd kept lfis man off with straight lefts tp the face. HOLLAND RATTLED. Holland was much the weaker man at t}ie beginning ning of the third round, but fpr a time he managed by well-placed lefts and clever footwork to keep out of harm’s w r ay. But Darcy’s persistent forcing enabled abled him to score Jefts and rights to the head, and, amid wild cheering, lie crossed his right to the ear, and Fred’s knees bent. With a full head’of steam on, Les forced his man clear across the ring, and sunk left and right to the body, causing Holland to bend almost double. Recognising that he had no chance of successfully coping with the up-country boy’s strength at close quarters, Holland, when forced into a position where this kind of milling only could be used, saw to it that he acted only on thp defensive, and reserved his attack tack for long range. . HOLLAND’S POINTS MOUNT UP. The fifth round was one in which Holland scored many points with straight lefts. He landed with annoying regularity, but Darcy took them, as if they were light taps. In close Fred hung on to his opponent’s ponent’s arms, and, jumping back quickly from the left or right swing which invariably came along, he chopped or uppercut his right to the back of the head or flush on the nose or mouth. Still, he failed to stay for the fraction of a second Darcy’s onwai’d rush. DAROY DOWN AGAIN. Jumping clear of a left and right swing, Holland caught his man off his balance, and, with a mighty left swing to the neck, again sent him to his knees. Once more cheers rang out as the American assisted the boy to his feet- and before corners sounded Darcy burst Holland's right eyebrow with a henry left hook. The sixth opened well for Darey, but finished so very much in Holland's favor that many at the ringside side mode bets that the contest would not last the full, journey, How little they knew of the wonder boy’s toughness and pluck I Darcy started off jn this roupd. by laming so stiff a left on Fred’s nose as to make the latter haug on for a few seconds, and afterwards caused hint to fight very much on the retreat until he had recovered, Holland got inside a left swing, and delivered left and right below, He ne?t swung two hard rights to the jaw and an uppereqt pereqt under the chin, hut was mpre than surprised to find that these blows had little or no effect on Le,s, who,,in spite of quite a host of lefts to the face, was forcing his man when the gong for corners rang. Even now Darcy was the stronger of the pair, and ill the seventh was learning his lessen by bitter experience. perience. He found a way of defending himself from those powerful upperputs, and was also beating ing many of Holland’s left leads by blocking, whilst others he got his head beneath, and sunk lefts and rights }n fhe body, making Fred wince. A left hook to the jaw and several cruel-looking right chops to the body added to the American’s discomfiture- Holland land now showed wonderful defence, H e blocked, back-moved, retreated, and dfipked in a rpally wonderful derful manner, and on recovering he scored hard and often to Darcy’s body with his right. He was decidedly tired, but managed, by using all his known cunning, to escape Darcy ’s many attempts. Darcy, though having received by far the greater number of blows, was still the stronger and more eager to fight. Boxing carefully, Holland was piling up points with his left during the eleventh, but just on corners ners be went within an ace of being beaten, when a right cross got him squarely on the chin. Fortunately ately for the American, corners came to his rescue soon after. Fred used different tactics in the twelfth. He waited Darcy’s lead, jumped back, and, returning quickly, caught the Australian off his guard, and swung with ail bis power rights to the body and head. Still the boy came on, and, with three heavy right jolts under the chin, made Holland clinch desperately. perately. THE THIRTEENTH. , In the unlucky thirteenth it looked as if Holland had shot his bolt, and that the big score that stood to Ifis credit might, after all, he wiped out before the full journey was completed. His left kept shooting ing out to Darcy’s face, but the latter quite ignored these attentions, and jolted short, punishing lefts and rights to body and head, landing more often than did Fred, and always with more damaging effect. Holland opened the fourteenth with a right swing to the neck, and ducked left and right and dug a heavy right in the body, then a heavy right on the chin annoyed Darcy. His pleasant smile disappeared, ed, and, after - jumping in the air, he rushed the American, swinging lefts and rights, all of which Fred ducked and clinched. Darcy, on the breakaway, away, hooked his left hard on the chin, sending Holland back in his tracks, but when Les came again and swung his left, Fred, in capital style, connected with his right uppercut to the chin. Again Darcy became annoyed, and, rushing his man, swung with wonderful speed and strength lefts and rights under and over, and Holland was undoubtedly doubtedly worried. At this stage many at the ringside side were taking short odds that the boy would win by the short-cut route, which, as we have indicated, was his only chance of victory. Being fully convinced that he did not possess of punch sufficient to cause Darcy the slightest est discomfiture,*to say nothing of knocking him out, Holland refrained from attempting to land a heavy blow throughout the fifteenth session. He was content tent to let well alone, and place the lightest of light lefts to the face, jumping clear of returns. But every now and then, when Darcy got dose enough, he chopped rights to the ribs that made Holland wince. Holland.’s condition must have been excellent, for he came up for the sixteenth looking very yell, all things considered, and after placing quite a host of lefts to the face, he put all his strength into a right uppercut that bumped. Les squarely on the chin. Thinking that this blow.would surely- weaken Darcy, Holland rushed in swinging left and right. Imagine his surprise when Darcy dueked, and sunk left and right inches deep in the American’s body, finishing up this charge with a heavy left hook to the eliin that made Fred hang on. Nearing corners’ Holland swung his .right three times to Darcy’s mark, but even these had no damaging effect. By clever footwork in the seventeenth Holland made Darcy miss a lot and.leave himself open for the right that pounded hard on the ribs or uppercut cut under the ehin. Darcy proved an apt pupil. He was learning as be went along, and blows that Holland land bad no difficulty in landing early in the contest test were now cleverly blocked or beaten in other CHAPTER VII. ways. He blocked and backed from lefts and rights, and simultaneously hooked his left to Fred’s head. Holland for a tirtre showed plenty of speed in shooting ing left after left to the nose, but, back-moving one of these, Darcy hooked bis left again to the side of the head and swung left and right to the nose and mouth as comers rang. Tt was wonderful how fresh and strong the East Maitlander appeared when he came up for the nineteenth. teenth. He blocked left and right, and with a left hook to the chin dazed his man, who skipped out of further harm’s way, uppercut' two rights to the chin, shoved his left three or four times to Darcy’s nose, and tried to land with left and right. All ‘these were so cleverly beaten by Darcy’s footwork that Holland missed and fell to his hands and knees. Fred backed from Darcy’s left leads in the last round and uppercut with his right. This performance ance he repeated several times, and he also scored with a right in the body, but still Darcy came on, and breaking through the American’s guard, he slammed lefts and rights to the body, making Fred gasp. The latter was evidently determined to throw no chances away against his stronger opponent, and 3h the few remaining moments he was careful not to get close enough to allow Les to get in his deadly t work below. The latter still hgd a knock-out punch, which, landing any way near a vulnerable spot in Fred’s then broken-up condition, might have won for Darcy at the very last moment. THE DECISION. > When the referee (Harald Baker), without hesitation, tation, placed his hand on Holland’s head a storm of cheers arose from those in close proximity to the ring, hut almost immediately came the loud hoots and groans from the outer circle. Never was a hostile tile demonstration so unwarranted, as Harald Baker’s er’s decision was a perfectly fair one. Holland sti’odc across the ring and grasped his boyish opponent ponent warmly by the hand) Les, with that charming ing smile, returned the greeting, and thanked the winner for his hurriedly-uttered words of congratulation lation on the great fight-he had*put up. As Fred wended his way to the dressirig-room the groans and cheering broke out afresh, and Darcy’s first big fight ended, as did all his others, in a wave of enthusiasm. thusiasm. How Darcy lost in return match with Holland. Looking back at that first meeting between Darcy and Holland, we are more than ever inclined to wonder that.any man calling himself a judge of the game should have failed to see the possibilities which lay before the young Maitlander. In view of Holland’s land’s subsequent, performances against Smith, Olabby, Lloyd, Harry* Reeve, “K. 0.” Brown and others, Darcy's achievement, aa a practically untried youth, in making a close thing of it against one of the best middleweights' of the time, was little short of phenomenal. After the contest I wrote in “The Referee 1 ’ as follows:—“Darcy is uncommonly cool, tough and game, and, with proper handling, will make a great name for himself. He has a wonderful ful idea of the game, and will pick up the fine points quicker than any youngster we hare flyer known. 0 How truly prophetic was that statement has since been clearly shown, for in all subsequent battles his improvement was most marked. The fact that there were still critics who, through ignorance of the game or personal bias, failed to see that improvement, in no way detracted from the young champion’s work, and made no impression upon his followers. ' Although he uttered no word of complaint against the referee’s decision in his first contest with Holland, land, Darcy at once asked for a return match, and Holland had no hesitation in accepting, knowing that, win or lose, his efforts would he handsomely rewarded. A return match was arranged for September tember .12, 1915, and on that evening the pair met again before a crowd that packed every comer of the Stadium. EARLY TRAINING DIFFICULTIES. Bearing in mind the strength and endurance of liis youthful opponent, the wily Holland got himself into perfect shape this time, and before entering the ring stated that in all his long career he never felt so well or so confident of being returned the winner. ner. Darcy had to be content with doing his training ing at night time, after putting through a heavy day’s work at the smithy, and had no good sparring ring partners to help him through. This maimer Of training would have cracked up 99 per cent, of men, but Darcy was much out of tho ordinary. No amount of work seemed nearly enough. Just prior to the signing of the articles for the second battle Mr. B. L. Baker paid me the very high compliment of .asking my opinion as to who should have the job of polishing the rough edges off this promising colt. The writer unhesitatingly nominated inated Dave Smith, reasoning out my selection thus: —Darcy was the best natural fighter I had ever seen, and all that was required to bring him to the front ih giant strides was speed, a quality which no man in the world possessed more of than otir heavyweight champion of that period. When Dave fell in with the proposal I was delighted, lighted, but disappointment followed when we found that Darcy’s boss at East Maitland would not grant him the two weeks’ holiday which he intended putting ting in with his new manager and tutor, and he was therefore compelled to train in the manner already described. Still the lad showed a marked improvement ment on his first encounter, and would surely have won by a wide margin had tho contest gone the full journey. Darcy, when well ahead on points, was disqualified for accidentally delivering a low punch in the IStli round, and for the first atid only time in his brilliant career he lost on a fouL THE RETURN MATCH. Darcy on this occasion was 11.3 J, heavier than in their first contest, whilst Holland llib. lighter. The American started operation* hy swinging a heavy right to Darcy’s left eye, almost closing it, but Fred’s many other attempts to land in similar fashion were cleverly beaten, being blocked ed or the left shooting out to the nose, checking Fred’s punch when half-way on its mission. Holland land crossed his right to the jaw and was immediately ately repaid with left, and then left and right to the nose and mouth, with force sufficient to cause the American to hang on desperately. DARCY ONCE MORE DROPPED. Amid much excitement Holland countered a left hook with a straight one on the nose, causing Les to sit down hurriedly, but just as rapidly did he rise and try to connect with left and right. Hoi' land’s long left kept him at bay, however, and by this means, as in their former encounter, the lastnamed named notched many points in the remaining few seconds of this, the opening round. Darcy fought vigorously throughout the second session and got home some punishing lefts and rights to the body, at the same time blocking his opponent’s ent’s many attempts to land his right. Holland, near comers, sent Les’s head back with a jerk, per medium of a straight left to the nose, but Darcy more than evened this by getting home with left and right. Darcy seemed keen on scoring to Fred’s body in the third; too keen, in fact, for in his eagerness he swung a heavy left to the American’s groin, and had Holland complained he must have won then and there on a fouL How very few would have let pass this splendid opportunity of gaining the verdict without further trouble! Holland showed himself a thorough sport. He did not even lose his temper, but coolly waited Darcy’s lead and beat him with a straight left to the nose. Although Holland seored heavily with a right chop to the Australian’s head, he received a host of lefts and rights to the head, and was kept busy defending himself at olose range. It looked any odds on Darcy being returned the winner hy a knoek-out in the fourth round. He swung taany punishing lefts to the body, some dangerously gerously low, and then with a right to the other side and up to the head he had Fred in sueh a bad way that the latter was compelled to clinch desperately ately to Save himself from falling. After hesitating awhile, Darcy, with both hands free, pumped left* and rights to the body, and a heavy right to the head compelled Holland to let go and stagger back. A right swing landed en Darcy’s left shoulder with a resounding smack, which not a few applauded, thinking it had reached the jaw. Holland tried te clinch, but Darcy’s lefts and rights below caused him to break ground hurriedly. Anticipating a left hook, Holland ducked and received the full weight of a right uppercut in the body, but as Darcy was posting for the delivery of a left swing Holland drove his right with all his force to the youngster’s jaw, without, however, having the slightest effect. Holland started off well in the fifth by frequently scoring with his left, which Les geemed powerless to block. Ducking under one of these Darcy forced Holland across the ring per medium of powerful left and right drives to the body and, after retreating ing from a left swing, Darcy scored a right to the jaw and a left to the body which made Fred wince. In the 6th round a heavy right to the body caused lies to grunt, but although a second one landed on the same spot, Darcy forced and swung left to the body and head hard and often, compelling Holland to clinch. Fred was hard pressed in the 7tli. After blocking a left hook Darey ripped his left to the body and hooked that weapon on the chin, and with a left swing below Darcy nearly lifted his man off his feet. With left and right to body and head the Australian had his man dead weak at comers. As the contest progressed Darcy’s pugnacity and greater strength enabled him to outfight the visitor, and he looked a sure winner either on points or by the knock-out. Recognising that he was up against it, Holland, in the hope of living through the full journey, acted almost entirely on the defensive. Now and again, when the opportunity presented itself self he swung a right to Les’s head, which punch, though heavy enough to drop almost any other man, had no apparent effect on Darcy. Holland made a gallant attempt in the fourteenth. He swung left and right to the head, and in the hopes that the amount of work his opponent had crowded into the previous sessions, w r ould have found the youngster out, tried to outpace him, but he was soon made wise to the fact that our lad was as fresh, strong and eager to mix it as ever. Consequently quently Holland was compelled to once more act »on the defensive. The American was becoming slower as the- fight progressed, and Darcy, in his anxiety to end matters by a knock-out, landed several blows so low that they struck the front of Fred’s thigh. In the ICth-one in the-grormnade the American turn white, hut he did not complain. HOLLAND “ALL IN.” Seeing his man was “all hr” Darcy rushed, and with a left in the solar plexus he sent Holland to his knees. Prcd foolishly took only two seconds of the count, ami when he regained his feet, stood in a dcmbled-np position in the middle of the ring. Darey was bewildered and refrained from taking what he thought would have been an ratfair advantage, tage, but when Fred recovered a few seconds later and adopted a fighting attitude, Les was soon at work again scoring with both hands to the head and body. It was now a question whether Holland would see the full journey through. In sheer desperation peration Holland swung lefts and rights almost continuously tinuously throughout the 17th round, but these attempts tempts were easily beaten, and although. Darcy lift him often enough in the body and-up to the head, owing to his hard work prior to the battle he was unable to deliver a knock-out. IDs. muscles '"wees all tied up. Darcy swung a left very low the 17th round, which foul was not observed by Beferee feree Harald Baker, but just when he be putting the finishing touches to his -opponentdn the 18th he again swung his left low and was immediately mediately disqualified. The lad’s wonderful improvement, which was brought about chiefly through the experience-gained ed in the first encounter, and one or two- lessoos from Smith, was further proof of his good, raw material, and also bore out to the very letter the statement that he would pick up the fine points of the art quicker than any lad we ever had. 1 also wrote in “The Referee” of September lfi:— “When Darcy is knocked into proper shape, like many of his countrymen of old, he will vie with middleweights of other countries for the worlds championship.” CHAPTER VIII. it . MARCHAND’S ALLEGED PUNCH. Under Dave Smith’s skilful handling, and ably assisted by Jimmy Pitton as sparring partner, the lad soon showed remarkable improvement. He was now a different Darcy from the immature lad who, by his great strength and pluck, had done so well in his two contests with Holland. This improvement ment was first publicly demonstrated on August 5, 1914, when Darcy met the over-boomed Preneh middleweight, dleweight, “K.O” Marchand, a man who, according ing to his record, possessed a punch which, if it reached a vulnerable spot, was likely to bring the Haitl&nder’s ouward-march to an ahraot end, Bat Darcy’s Clear-cut Victory over Marchand. the rumors of his opponent’s prowess had no effect on the Australian, who, when told of Mareoand’s great punching power, merely smiled his ingratiating ing smile, and remarked, “My word,. I’ll have to keep clear of his swings. Anyhow,” he added, “I have learnt to hit a lot harder since joining Dave Smith, so there will be a pair of us when we meet.” The meeting finally took place on Eight Hour night, the one public holiday night above all othera which, in previous years, had proved bad for a boxing ing contest. Contrary to past experience, a vast crowd packed the Stadium. Darey was the attraction. tion. No other man would have drawn half m snteh DARCY’S POPULARITY. Apart from the Australian’s great popularity, fans were eager to see how much Dave Smith’s tuition ition had benefited the lad. Those who knew Les ior a rusher were agreeably surprised to see him back move, back, block, or duck his opponent’s powerful swings in the opening round. The clean and crisp manner in which he landed his blows was favorably commented upon. Their weights at the ringside were Marehand 11.4 and Darev 11.2 h Instead of tearing in, as had been his custom in the past, Darcy waited Marcliand’s lead, a left swing, which was neatly blocked by Darcy’s right forearm. - Meanwhile out shot the latter's left,three times, with such force that the Frenchman’s nose was peeled. Marehand’s next attempt was a double, left and right. Each blow was blocked with ease, and then Darcy sent his man’s head first this way and then that by short- left and right jolts. Two 'efts scored to the foreigner’s damaged nasal organ, and a right uppercut that came soon after nearly toppled him over. Marehand tried a. right swing, which was cleverly ducked, and before the Frencliaa aa an. could get back to a defensive position he revived vived left and right to the nose, which now bled profusely. A REVELATION. , Darcy's improvement was a revelation. It was greater than his most ardent admirers had anticipated, pated, and he was cheered to the echo. Darcy started ed the second round by placing a light left to Marchatid’s chatid’s nose, starting the blood flowing afresh. This was followed by a right smash on the jaw, which mnoved Marehand, who swung wildly in the hope >f connecting somewhere. Darcy skipped clear or lucked smartly, and poked his left tantalisingly to '‘K.O.’s” nose. Marehand at last got home a. right swing to the head, much to the enjoyment of his countrymen, who, knowing the power of their man’s punch, went wild with excitement. They never for a moment realised the toughness' of our boy, who, though stopping ping the weighty blow with his chin, merely smiled and waded in with renewed vigor, bringing home left and right to the nose and mouth, a right to the body and then over to the head. Getting under a right swing, foarcy hooked his left to the chin, and once more performed with his right under and over. Marehand looked anxiously at the overhead clock, but immediately swung a right for the* head, and missed. He feinted with that hand, and as Darcy ducked the latter received a ;oiid right uppercut to the forehead! Les ducked first left and then right, and sent in : snappy left that sent “K.O.’s” head back with a .erk. As the contest progressed, and Darcy be-; canje more used to the Frenchman's methods, his .‘jjdence became more pronounced He eaMlv and quite gracefully blocked, backed from or ducked all his .opponent's swings, ns the occasion - warranted, and jolted, drove, hooked, or swung left and right to head and body. THE knock-out; In the fifth round, after backing away from two right swings, Les put all his force into two right uppercuts percuts under the chin, and Marehand was dazed. To put it bluntly, and with all respect to the Entente tente Cordiale, the Frenchman squibbed badly. Marehand was all in and an easy mark for left and right to either side of the head. A right in the body and a left hook on the chin dropped Marchand chand like a log. At the count of five the visitor regained his feet, but before Darcy could land another other blow he flopped to the boards, grovelled, grunted, and growled and somersaulted'. He rose again, and then flopped heavily for ttye third time, and Darcy was declared the winner. Gus Christie, a new arrival from America, who had been outpointed by Mick King, and who subsequently sequently outed Marehand, was Darcy’s next opponent, ent, and many predicted that he would stop Darcy’s onward march. The American’s newly-made friends and admirers were telling all and sundry that Christie tie was not nearly at his best when he lost to King, and that he would surely prove too fast, clever, and experienced for the promising West Mailander. had my doubts on that score, and argued that, with the knowledge Les would gain by his connection with Dave Smith, Christie’s rushing style would be the means of making Darcy shine out more than ever. I tipped Les to win. loxing Made Easy (Already in its Second Edition) The Book for Beginners and Professionals. £lO/10/- worth of Expert advice on the manly artofselfdefence By “SOLAR PLEXUS” The jreatest autharity ea Boxing in Aus ralia. Price: One Shilling. FROM ALL BOOKSELLERS AND NEWSAGENTS. The Meeting with Christie. CHAPTER IX. In the “Referee” of October 7, 1914, I wrote as follows concerning Darcy’s wonderfully-improved showing against Marchand as compared with his exhibition hibition in the contests with Fred Holland:— “Les Darcy’s connection with chapipion Dave Smith in his training operations for the contest with Marchand last Monday night was the means of vastly ly knproving him. He is quicker to take advantage of openings caused through a flaw in the opponent’s defence, and has learnt sufficient to create such opportunities. portunities. Iri opposition to Fred Holland, Les made the mistake of continually hurling himself at his deverer and more experienced opponent, with the Tesult that Fred’s blows landed with redoubled foffice. Resides, Holland was always aware of the ta#£ks to adopt against the lad, who never varied has methods of milling. But on this occasion it was aallrety different. Darcy feinted nicely, brought hasunan ever, and then did the correct thing in attack. tack. Besides, by back-moving, a trick hitherto foreign to him, he made Marchand miss badly, and thus leave himself open for attack, which came quick, supe, and weighty, in the shape-of well-timed rights or uppercuts. The yqungster was in splendid did form, and with every likelihood of further improvement provement a few months hence, if still under Dave Smith’s tuition, he will be a worthy opponent for the bestmiddieweightsi in the game.” We were not kept long in waiting for proof of the correctness of these remarks, for on November 1, 1914, Les cleverly outpointed Qns Christie, the man who had previously had the better of Eddie McGoorty in a ten-round contest in America. Once more Darcy’s wonderful popularity was shown, for, in spite of the fact that the world was at war, and *fl eyes were anxiously turned towards the battlegwwßKfcin gwwßKfcin France, thousands gathered at the Stadium bprsee fhe fight. If any doubts still existed in the winds of unbiased critics as to Darcy’s claim for recognition as a middleweight champion possibility they were dispersed on this occasion. His victory over Christie, one of America’s best men, was so •lean -cut, to ray xniad at least, that a-victory over th* them champion* Jeff Smith, wasrfulTy anticipated. However, the friends of our local champion, Mick King, insisted that their man must first be accounted ed for, and to go a Bffle in advance of our story, this-feat vrasr duly •peafomed., For-theSr-cootest ‘Dnrcy-and Christie complied the weight conditions' whieh, according to the roles of the game, sioald govern, dll contests.. They weighed at the ringside within one hour of commencing mencing hostilities. Olirixtie turned the scale at lLifaad Bqarey of 1L2%. DARCY’S SUPREME OONPIDENOE. Despite the American’s reputation, Darcy .came up to the scratch with the utmost'confidence, ami'immediately mediately scored with a light left to the nose, Christie tie worked in close and drove a' few powerful lefts to the body, hut his left and right attempts were neatly back-moved and Les landed his left, solidly on his’ opponent's nose. The visitor’s leads were frequently beaten either by back-moving or clever footwork, and Darcy’s left landed plunk on his opponent’s ponent’s nose with almost monotonous regularity- Christie’s left and right swings were blocked with the ease and grace of a master, and jolts "With Left and right uppercuts were plentiful. At an earlv; stage in the contest there was every prospect of aft easy win for Darcy, and tlie-crowd went m»d. Christie tie rushed and swung desperately in the second round, but failed to get past our lad V-cte-ver defence, fence, until stray left and right swings caught Darcy on either jaw, sending him hack a- pace* Christie, thinking he had his opponent’s measure, rushed in and-tried to repeat these punches, J>ut his attempts were neatly ducked or blocked, and Les retaliated with three stiff lefts, which* sent Gus*» head back with painful-looking jerks. Christie scored with a left swing to the mouth, but his right swing was ducked and lie received tha full force of Darcy’s right under the heart. Tha tough German-American was badly rattled when tha gong cgme to his aid. CHRISTIE’S FREQUENT FOULS SHOWS THE. DIRTY GERMAN. -Although Darcy, in the third round, had the misfortune fortune to receive a bqd bump from Christie’s head, which cut his left eyebrow, the Australian kept improving proving his position as the contest progressed. This greatly annoyed Christie, who on several pccasions showed signs of temper, and tried by fair and foul means to get some of his own back. His every effort was thwarted, and it was apparent to all (himself included) that he was up against a map infinitely his superior- Darcy proved, withal, a lenient opponent, ponent, and showed a preference for outpointing rather than knocking out his man. So superior, in fact, was Darcy that the spot which suffered from the severe bump in the third round was never again touched, although it was made the target for Christie’s tie’s frequent swings, ail of which were beaten, by some cleyer. defensive work. Darcy now made the mistake (his only on* throughout the battle) of leading with his right for the body,, giving his man an opening for the landing of some terrific upposrwsis, which, however, were flad. he so wished it Darcy might have noted h& mas, ia the fourteenth rotmd, fas ift this session Christie was all in, but even though the latter, when in close, attempted to connect in a foul and cowardly manner with his right elbow, our lad remained unruffled, and merely passed the offending ing weapon aside. Les only laughed at his man’s attempts to wrestle him off his feet in the fifteenth round, but when Christie tried desperately to bump Darcy’s chin with his head in the sixteenth round he was severely cautioned by the referee. About midway through the nineteenth round the Australian gave his friends some,idea of what would surely have happened had he so desired in' almost any one of the previous sessions. Putting more ginger into his work he pumped a heavy left to the nose, and\vith a right uppercut under the chin he dropped Christie. In the twentieth, and last, round CHAPTER X. About this time Fred Dyer, a new arrival from Wales, had been showing real championship form at Brisbane, where''he had accounted! with ease for all opposition, and on November 14 he was said to have had much the better of Fred Holland, although the contest was declared a draw. Such brilliant form oh the part of the recently-arrived Welshman was deemed worthy of consideration by the promoters, who in their wisdom saw fit to match Fred with our own coining champion, thus bringing together a well-matched pair and giving the good sports of Brisbane an opportunity of seeing Darcy in action. Consequently this formidable pair came together at the Northern capital on December 26, 1914. In spite of Darcy’s all-conquering career in his own State, the clever visitor had every confidence in his own ability tgt at least stay the distance, aifd looked to liis*greater experience to earn for him a points decision. Fred no doubt thought that Darcy’s success was solely due to the lad’s pugnacity and phenomenal strength. He never for a moment anticipated ticipated meeting one whose science and speed were in keeping with the natural advantages already mentioned. tioned. Consequently the Welshman was more than astonished to find that from the word “go” he was kept very much on the defensive. It soon became plainly evident that Dyer had made up his mind to direct all his. attention to seeing the full journey through, and the contest thus lost much of its interest rest to the majority of the onlookers. To those who admire the fine points in defence, Dyer’s exhibition was certainly a treat, hut it took much away from Darcy’s showing, and as a result a pile of money was lost by the good sports of the Northern capital when Darcy mot the world-famed Eddie McGoorty seven months later. In the third round Dyer swung a heavy left to Darcy's right temple, cutting it slightly; but although though he tried often enough in the remaining rounds Darcv beat his 'man from pillar to post by means of left and right jolts, but never once throughout this three minutes of boxing did he put all his strength behind any one of his blows. For this reason son alone Christie avoided a knockout. “AN ALMIGHTY GREAT QUARREL.” In spite of Christie’s foul fighting, it must be admitted mitted that he took his defeat in a manly fashion. When the.verdict was given in Darcy’s favour, he gripped the latter by the hand, and spoke a few - words of congratulatory nature, and in the Stadium office a few moments later, he caused much amusement ment by remarking, “Well, Les, you are no doubt a wonderful fighter; but, say, was it not an almighty great quarrel we just had!” Fred Dyer Outpointed at Brisbane. lie failed to reach that spot again. In these early rounds Les missed consistentlywith 'left leads, owing ing to the elusive tactics of the Welshman, who, owing ing to his opponent's incessant forcing, soon slowed him down. He .could not, however, avoid the numerous erous short left prods and hooks and jolts which Darcy got home with less power than usual. Still it was due to the Australian’s leniency, rather than the Welshman’s clever defensive tactics, that Dyer was allowed to remain on deck until the gong sounded the termination of the 20th round.. The conditions of the match called for an 11.4 limit, and the announcer gave their poundage as: Darcy 11.1, and Dyer under 11.4. ( Those behind the Welshman, in their wisdom, made a special request that their man’s actual weight should not be given. They feared that the knowledge of his big advantage tage in weight would give Darcy increased confidence, fidence, and so cause him to go “all out” from the' jump-off and overwhelm their man. Had they known Les better they would have realised how unnecessary sary was such a precaution, for of the lad’s many fine qualities his self-confidence was outstanding, and it mattered not whether Dyer was a stone under or over the limit, the fact would not have influenced the Sydney boy. So much discussion went on regarding the Welshman’s man’s actual weight that at the request of one or two well-known sports Fred got on the scales after the contest and just raised the beam to 10.2. Thus at the very most Dyer could not have been more than 10.4 before hostilities commenced, because, being ing in perfect trim, he would scarcely have dropped more than 21b. on the journey. Upon his return home, Darcy told me that Dyer, was the cleverest roan at ducking he had ever seen, and that during the progress of the bout he studied his opponent’s methods in this direction, and before the end came successfully rrot many of them into.action, thus add- Comparison of Length of Reach in DARCY and McGOORTY. McGOORTY, sft. lOin. in height. rx This photo was taken prior to the first Darcy- McGoorty contest. Although though the late champion was four inches the shorter in height, it will be seen in this picture how very much longer he was in reach, for whilst Eddie’s arms are extended ed in almost a straight line, each of Darcy’s then formidable weapons have an upward tendency, yet the tips of the fingers of each hand extend far beyond yond those of the American’s. 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JOHN WALKER & SONS, Ltd., Scotch Whisky Distillers, KILMARNOCK, Scotland, ' SYDNEY and MELBOURNE ing yet a few more tricks to his already extensive store of boxing knowledge. * , Having so easily defeated Dyer, who was previously viously deemed the equal at least of Fred Holland, Darcy now took his acknowledged place among the first-flighters, and it was with one of the very best ©f-. that bunch that he had next to do battle; I refer to Jeff Smith, who, by his defeat of Jimmy dabby, won the world’s middleweight championship. Smith still held the title when, on January 23, 1915, he and Darcy came together, because though he lost it to Mick King at their first meeting, he regained the championship on December 26,1914. Thus the meeting ing between Smith and Darcy was for the world’s championship. As in almost all his previous battles, it was thought by many that Darcy’s onward 'march was to receive a check. Although this proved to b® the case, it came about in so unsatisfactory a manner ner that, until the pair met again, Jeff was not looked upon as being Darcy’s superior.' ; . CHAPTER XI . FIRST BATTLE. We now come to that memorable January 23,1915, when our great boy toed the mark with the clever and much more experienced Jeff Smith, who had beaten all previous opposition, and was regarded by very many as being the one who would surely stop Les’s triumphant march. Although those who were of that opinion backed their fancy and collected, they did so because of Dave Smith’s hasty action in throwing, in the towel after, his appeal for a foul went unheeded by MK Referee Harald Baker, who claimed that he was not in a position to see whether the blow Smith landed was under or above the waist band. The attendance was close upon the record in number, ber, and I think the gate receipts, with the exception •f the Johnson-Bums championship fizzle, was easily among the largest ever. Some weeks or so previous to the date of the contest, test, Dame Rumor had got in her fine work,' with the result.that she had Darcy, in the minds of many ©f liis friends, in a very bad way through a more than ordinary severe cold and a touch of rheumatism. tism. Had it not been for the Thursday matinee, at which the boy showed so wonderfully well, the chances are that the takings would have suffered Severely. At that mid-week re-nnion, Les informed me that he never felt so well, and as Jeff was his match in beigth he thought they would provide a great go, hit that he had no doubt as to the result. He felt «ae of defeating his clever opponent and winning the youd title of world’s middleweight championship. ship. Their respective weights were—Darev, list. lib. Jos.; whilst the beam balanced for Smith at list, fib. 2oz. DARCY’S BRILLIANT START. The lad was confidence itself, as he came forward to the ring centre, and when his left lead was ducked he brought his heavy right down on Smith ’s neck. As the, latter straightened up he received the full farce of a swinging right behind the ear.’, Les blocked ed with ease Jeff’s well-meant left and right at- The Darcy-Jeff Smith Contest. tempts, then feinting with his left he brought his right round to the side of the head and the American’s can’s feet shuffled for a moment. He recovered in time to retreat, and thereby escape the full force of a left and right that caught him. high up.. At close quarters, Jeff, whilst hanging desperately ly to Darcy's right, sunk his own to the kidneys, to the accompaniment of much hooting and appealing from the Australian’s corner, and who were inamodiately ately ordered to keep quiet. Early in the second round, Jeff worked in close and scored with.tnany short travelling left and right jolts to the body. The American’s left, which in many previous contests had proved so dandy .and punishing a weapon, had no chance of getting past Darcy’s wonderful guard. They were picked off with the ease of the master, giving lessons to his pupil. SMITH OUTFOUGHT. Darcy then took a hand in the attack and scored so freely that many of the ringsiders loudly expressed ed the opinion that Smith-was a non-trier.' Theyeould eould not credit that Darcy had come on so well under Dave Smith’s tuition, but they quickly changed ed their tune when they saw Smith swinging, with all his force, a right to the jaw. It was as cleanly delivered and hard a punch as the American < had ever .let fly, but he must have been more than disap* pointed to find that instead of steadying the. recipient ent it made him fight all the harder. Blows came so hard and often that Jeff Smith folded his arms about his head to protect that part from the human battery, and when he got close enough again imprisoned oned Darcy’s right under his own left arm and belabored labored the Australian’s body with right swings. SMITH AT HIS BEST. Never in. all his career probably did Smith fight so fast or well as he did in the third. Each blocked and back-moved cleverly, and after beating mne of Jeff’s rights by last-mentioned means, Darcy received ed the full force of a left swing squarely on the chin without so much as causing the Australian’s head to turn the slightest. Then, with all sail set* Les fought his man clear across the ring, Jeff, meanwhile while employing all his well-known'skill in order to get away from mighty left and right swings. It was hard to keep track of.the American’s blows. They flew from every conceivable angle with the speed of thought and with sufficient weight to momentarily stagger our boy, who, amidst the wildest est of cheers, fought hack and went within an ace jf getting his^ right home on the champion’s chin. In the fourth round, each man showed many clever things in the. way of defence, Darcy particularly cularly being fine, and once after side-stepping a right he returned and nearly toppled his man over with lefts and rights to the head. The contest w r as now most exciting. They seemed warmed up to their work in the fifth round, and although Jeff had landed many punishing blows, they had. not the slightest effect on Darcy, who fought back all the harder. In sheer desperation, Smith swung his left, missed and for this mistake received a mighty downward wallop on the left ear, and Les was in the act of following on with his left "when 'Smith shot out his right to the body. Whether this blow was unfair or not is impossible for me to say, as Darcy’s back was square on to where I was seated. Darcy, with his left' hand pressing-low, turned and walked in a doubled-up manner to his corner and complained to Dave- Smith that he had beeh struck low, and the latter immediately claimed a foul. The ..’referee, whose vision was also obscured at the time the blow landed, ordered the lads to fight on, and walked to Darcy’s corner and repeated his order. Les, still nursing his affected part, walked slowly in the direction of his opponent, seemingly bewildered. dered. Smith refrained from taking advantage of Darcy’s undefensive attitude, but tapped the latter lightly on the side of the head with his left, which' seemed to galvanise Darcy into action. In his frenzied state of mind he swung wildly, and as. a consequence missed his intended mark. Meanwhile Smith did nothing in the way of attack. tack. Before the gong for corners sounded Davo Smith informed Mr. Baker of his intention to .throw in the towel, and in spite of the Stadium Managing Director’s request not to do so, the heavyweight champion, after a short conversation with his protege, tege, sent the wipe soaring to theming centre. Thus ended what promised to be one of the most Interesting teresting contests ever witnessed at When seen in their dressing-rooms a few moments later, Darcy explained that when the blow, landed he felt giddy and' sick, and was unaware what Jio did for a moment, but the pain gradually wore.: off. He could have continued, and was sorry he did not do so, and expressed his anxiety to meet Smith in a return match. , Smith said he was positive the blow was a perfectly fectly fair one, and reasoned out thus: “If I were a man capble of doing such a thing deliberately, would I not have taken advantage of Darcy’s apparently parently helpless condition and landed a heavy blow, instead of a mere tap to let him know that the order to fight on had been given, by the referee? I would like Mr. Baker to put us on again. That is the only way we can now. settle it.” CHAPTER XII. His Contests, with Loughrey, Holland, Demlen, & Smith. With each man expressing a keen desire for a •return match, as being the only way to settle the unsatisfactory ending to their first meeting, it was ■generally, anticipated that Darcy and Smith would be on the Stadium fixture list for decision at an early date, but Jeff Smith’s manager'had other fish to fry. " Another member of his team had to be catered for, and he wisely decided to have him, Frank Loughrey, as Darcy’s next opponent, and after some bickering Les decided to give Frank battle, and.bide his time. • Mr. Lippe was delighted when all arrangements had been completed for the Loughrey-Darcy contest. test. He openly boasted that, though he was certain of Smith’s superiority over Darcy, the lastnamed’S aggressive style would suit Loughrey better still, as Frank would he certain to give a stone of weight away and a beating to any man in the world who would come in and fight him. Consequently there were quite a large. number, of sports who ' were gulled by Lippe’s boost of Loughrey into putting a large amount on the American, who from go to stop had not a hundred to one chance with the East Maitlander. They met at the Sydney Stadium op the night of February 27,’ 1915, and Darcy, though more than lenient, so impressed me by his wonderful ful improvement under Dave Smith’s tuition that I headed my article with “Prospective World’s Champion,” “Darcy Outboxes Loughrey in Every Round,” and I continued: “Les Darcy has arrived. His boxing and fighting and generalship at the Stadium on Saturday night establishes him as ..a prospective world’s middleweight champion. There is nothing for it but another meeting with Jeff Smith. And then—well, Jeff will have the tejst of his life with a middleweight.” Darcy on that occasion, though never at any period was he fully extended, gave Frank a most artistic beating. If Loughrey led, it was beaten by clever ducking, back-moving, side-stepping with the ease and grace of the finished artist, and then the novice, minus the full punching power of bis powerful arms, cleanly placed lefts and rights at will to head and body. When one compares his showing with that of the Darcy who was-outpointed by Fred Holland, the improvement was amazing. On occasions his power of punch was such that for the first time iu -his career Loughrey was compelled pelled to break ground. ' Darcy’s improvement, however, was not so much appreciated as was his leniency to an opponent who, rt appeared, could have been knocked out at any time the Australian so wished. Thanks to the liberal use of water by the American’s corner, the going was made heavy. No limit, to the quantity of resin used made it otherwise, with' the result. that Frank, towards the finish, was slipping and sliding all over the ring. On many an oceasiori Darcy pulled his blows up short .in order-to prevent striking Frank when in a defenceless attitude, and often again did Les walk back and allow his man time to return to his corner to scrape his feet in the resin tin or shallow case, with the object of affording him a firmer grip with his feet. Is it any wonder that poor dead Les Darcy was so universally popular with boxing followers? The Australian was, of course, declared the winner, ner, and the verdict was well received; hut the spectators had not lost sight of the American’s plucky effort against overwhelming odds, and cheered ed Frank again and again as he wended his way to his dressing-room. LOUGHREY ON DARCY. , On the following Monday morning the lads paid me a visit, and, meeting, fairly rushed each other, and shook hands warmly. ’ - . Loughrey was the first to catch the speaker’s— I mean writer’s— eye, and unburdened himself as follows: “Gee, I got some hiding on Saturday night, but am feeling O.K. now!” (What a grand thing youth and condition must-be! It is so long since I enjoyed both that I quite forget the feeling now,— “Solar Plexus.”) . ; j. ‘'What do you think of Darcy?” I asked. “Well, he’s right here, and I feel kind of bashful. ful. But it does not matter; I’ll say jnst what I would if he were not present, and that is that he is sure some good fighter.” Les Darcy was illuminated with the smile that' never wore off until that fatal day at Memphis, when King Death claimed him and bore him away to that bourne from where no traveller returns. In reply as to his opinion of Loughrey, in, his quiet, boyish way, he remarked that Frank was exceptionally tough and game. • Darcy’s next opponent was good old Fred Holland, land, and the boy was delighted with the chance of wiping put the two defeats that stood against his-record and in favor of Holland. They ipet on March 13,1915, and Darcy won easily on points, and thus he 'cleared his list of defeats, with the exccptipn tipn of the one that still remained on. Jeff Smith’s ledger’s credit side. After the third. Fred Holland battle the lad, as usual, paid me his friendly visit on the following Monday, when he spoke most entertainingly tertainingly on past and events to come. • DARCY ON HIS OWN IMPROVEMENT. Asked what his feelings were compared with that of his first, meeting with the formidable Holland— “Oh, altogether different,” came the reply. “In my first battle I hardly knew what was going to happen. Of course, I expected a hiding, but it did not come off; or, if it did, I certainly did hot feel it. “On that occasion I was quite annoyed with Holland land for blocking blows that I fully expected to land. In my second contest I felt , a great deal better ter and more confident. But he bewildered me, so that the direction of my blows was somewhat outof of plumb. It was this that brought .about my disqualification, qualification, as I accidentally struck'him low. “You know that troubled me more than enough, and I couldn’t sleep for nights after seeing that cartoon of myself and Holland in a Sydney paper. “Moreover, it made me careful in future, and I attended closely to everything Dave Smith told me, and I dearly wanted, the third fight with Fred Holland, if only for the chance of redeeming niysclf •with boxing followers.” . “When you get older trifles nf that kind will not trouble you,” I remarked. “I don’t* know. I’ll never he too old not to feel ashamed if boxing followers thought I could do anything unmanly. Win, tie, or wrangle is no good to me. . I will win or lose fairly and squarely.” A fine sentiment, which, as everyone knows, he carried out to the letter; but few know, as I do now, the enormous temptation that was put in his way. Had the lad and his friend, Mick Hawkins, been dishonest, they could have' won thousands of pounds by going down to at least three of his contestants,. testants,. who were regarded by many as having more than an even money chance of stopping Darcy’s onward march. . The poor lad was also cut up because in my report port of the Darcy-Smith contest I stated that I was not in-a position to see whether the blow was a foul or a fair one. He took it to mean that I doubted him when be claimed having been struck low, and he remarked:. “Really, I would not tell a lie,about it. I was struck low, and it paralysed me for the moment, but I recovered quickly, and have been sorry ever since that I was not allowed to continue. -Anyhow, a chance will come again, and, believe me, I iwill make the most of it, for * . “I WILL SURELY BEAT JEFF SMITH.” “When Jeff landed bis rights to your jaw, did they daze you?” * ; “Not in the slightest. .Only twice in my career have I feK a punch' that hurt—the low one Smith' delivered, and the one I received in the semi-final of my first teumey at Newcastle.” “Of course, you give Dave Smith all the credit for bringing you along so rapidly?” “There is no doubt about that; but I must also say something in the way of praise Of Jimmy Fitton, ‘ whose clever and fast boxing helped a whole lot.” “Another man I must thank is Mike Hawkins. When we came to Sydney first, Mick, as trainer, was on a par with myself as a boxer; but as I have undoubtedly improved, so has Mick. In fact, I think he is a better trainer than I am a boxer.” FRED HOLLAND’S OPINION. Shortly after my interview with Darcy his latest opponent arrived, and when Les took his departure a moment or so later, but not-before indulging in a friendly handshake with Holland, the latter got the floor, and delivered himself as follows: “Well, I guess you people in this country think you have a good fighter in Darcy. Let me tell you that he is ten times better than you really think he is, and the only way to find that out is to get in front of him in the ring..l don’t know the legitimate middleweight weight in the world he would not beat.” Henri Demlin* the Belgian boxer, now arrived on the scene with[ Manager M. Camille Denquet, who, after seeing Darcy in action, exp'ressed a keen desire for a meeting between his protege and the East Maitlander. He spoke of Demlin’s greater experience, perience, of his pluck, speed, science, etc., etc, but the story of Henri’s intention to return immediately he had had four fights, and had earned sufficient money to house his aged parents, who were rendered dered homeless through the shellfire of the enemy, did more to bring about a meeting with our rising champion than anything else. But, by the way, Henri has not yet returned to Belgium. .He is still with us, and it is now 1919, and it is now four years 6ince that promise to return was made. Boxing followers knew that the visitor had no earthly chance. They saw him get a questionable decision over Frank Loughrey, when the lastnamed was compelled by articles of agreement to make an ' impossible weight, and on top of this great disad-' vantage, Frank had not nearly recovered from the hiding he received from Darcy; therefore, What other result than a severe drubbing for Demljn could any man have expected when they came together gether on April 3, 1915? From the very start Les found how poor an opponent ponent he had to deal with, and in his customary generous way he dealt'with him most leniently; consequently sequently Demlin was allowed to remain on his feet until midway in the fifth round, when his manager, seeing he had no earthly chance, threw in the towel Demlin. [With his eye to business, the-wily Fred „ Holland sued for eyet another contest ■with. Darcy.* Fred had certainly outpointed our boy in their first bout, and won on a foul in the next, but although he put up a great and plucky battle against Les when-they met for the third time, Fred knew he had no chance of ever again turning the tables on the young Australian. He also knew that a loser’s end with Darcy was preferable to the winner’s end : against any other opponent; therefore after frequently ly challenging, he was rewarded, and they met on May 1, 1915. The scene
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