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Old 09-20-2007, 02:08 PM   #9
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Default Re: Lineage of the coloured heavyweight title

DEMPSEY AND KEARNS WANTED THE WILLS FIGHT MORE THAN ANYBODY HOWEVER WILLIAM MULDOON WAS THE COMMISSONER IN NEW YORK AND GOING BACK IN TIME HE HAD BEEN SULLIVANS TRAINER .HE WAS THE ONE WHO PUT A STOP TO THAT FIGHT FROM HAPPENING AS HE DID NOT BELEIVE IN CROSSING THE COLOR LINE .HOWEVER IN ORDER TO TRY TO MAKE WILLS BETTER THAN HE REALLY WAS RIGHT BEHIND HIM IN THE LINE TO FIGHT DEMPSEY WAS KID NORFOLK (WHO WAS 5 FT 7 170LBS ) HOWEVER WILLS CAMP WAS AFRAID NORFOLK MIGHT BEAT HIM AND NORFOLK HAD TO GO IN THE WATER .IN ORDER TO GET HIM TO DO THIS HE SIGNED A CONTRACT TO FIGHT BATTLING SIKI IN THE GARDEN ,WHEN NORFOLK ENT DOWN IN THE SECOND ROUND FROM A RIGHT HAND NOBODY AT RINGSIDE SAW A SCANDAL OCCURED ,HOWEVER THE SIKI-NORFOLK BOUT WAS MADE FOR MADISON SQ GARDEN FOR THE LIGHTHEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ,THEN SIKI PULLED OUT AND WENT TO IRELAND AND LOST THE TITLE TO MIKE MCTIGUE ON ST PATRICKS DAY 1923 ON A DISPUTED DECISION . SIKI CAME TO NEW YORK LATER THAT YEAR AND DEMANDED TO FIGHT DEMPSEY,TUNNEY,OR GREB .INSTED HE WAS FORCED TO FIGHT NORFOLK FIRST ,SIKI TOOK A TERRIABLE BEATING IN LOSING A 15 RD DECISION AND WAS NEVER THE SAME FIGHTER GETTING SHOT TO DEATH IN WHAT IS NOW THE Port Authority IN NY .FOR THE REST OF NORFOLKS LIFE HE KEPT ASKING HOWCOLD THAT STUPID S.O.B GO TO IRELAND TO FIGHT AN IRISHMAN ON ST PATRICKS DAY UNTIL HE PASSED IN 1968 YOU KNOW WHAT I FIND INTERESTING IS THEY SAID BLACKS WOULD NOT DRAW ,HOWEVER NORFOLK-SIKI DID A CROWD OF 2000 MORE THAN GENE TUNNEY-TOMMY GIBBONS DID 2 WEEKS LATER BOTH FIGHTS WERE IN NEW YORK
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