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Old 10-11-2012, 07:15 PM   #14
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Default Re: Billy Conn vs Gene Tunney

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Originally Posted by burt bienstock View Post
Johnny Ray should have managed Lew Jenkins. They were both 100% proof.
Incidentallly, Johnny Ray was a stablemate of Harry Greb...
For awhile. The split between Mason and Ray was a bad one and Greb got caught up in the jetwash. Mason used Greb to recruit Johnny Kirk- who was Ray's bitter crosstown rival- into the Mason camp. The result was a riot at ringside:

3/8/1920. From the Pittsburgh Press and Post Gazette: This fight ended in a riot. Kirk and Ray were neighborhood and ethnic rivals. Ray resented it when Kirk tapped him familiarly on the shoulder at the end of round two and took a swing at Kirk. Ray's handlers rushed into the ring and the police had to take over. Referee Louden Campbell stated the next day that he had disqualified Ray.

The Mason and Pitler camps both stormed the ring. According to eyewitness reports, Greb entered and was charged by Ray's stablemate, Jackie Lightining. Lightning took a swing at Harry. That was all he remembered (according to his testimony) when he awoke 20 minutes later.
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