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THE NOBLE ART. No SAM LANGFORD AT SWANSEA. II CHAMPIONS FINE RECEPTION. SAM LANE WINS £ 115 CONTEST. A crowd of over two thousand was pre- sent a.t the Swansea Drill Hall boxing "tournament on Saturday evening to see the big programme arranged by Mr. J. P. Jones. There were tw,o contests besides the exhibition given by Satm Langford, the heavy-weight coloured, boxer, who was the bk attraction. LA.NGFORD'S RECEPTION. I Lftingiord liad a splendid reception. He is a rather stoggy personality of exception- ally robust build, and has a magnihoent pair off Shoulders and arms. Once La.ng- ford is seen one could, eaailv idenjify him amongst a crowd. As he entered the ring a round of cheere greeted him. George Hyers, the ex-American heavyweight cham- pion, accompanied, him as well as Bob Arm- strong, a tall and unique specimen of a coloured pugilist. Standing side by side, L&ngford's head would come just above Armstrong's shoulder. These were Long- ford's sparring partneors, with whom he boxed two rounds each. The display how- ever, was very tame, and Langtord did nothing to suggest he was a champion. He has a rather short reach, and the spectators went away with the im. preetnoon he would be tremendously formid. able at close range, and that he could stand a huge amount of punishment. To box against Langford would be like hitting a stone wall, with the difference that the wall might give one a nasty smack in re- turn. LANE BEATS THOMAS. I l'nie best event of the evening was the twenty-round bout between Sam Lame, Cwmavon, and Bonny Thomas, Llansamlet, about whom we have heard such a lot lately. There were side bets of L50 each and the club purse of P,15, 60 per oont. of which went to the winner, and 40 per oent. to the loser. Unfortunately, the pair had agreed to in-fighting, and the contest as a spectacle was spoiled. There was a great deal toj much wrestling and clinching, and in the fourth round the referee, Mir. Halls, of the Sporting Life," interposed and said "Neither of you is boxing. Stand up and fighjt fairly. For a while this admoni- tion had a good effect, but the men soon renewed their clinching and wrestling and had to be repeatedly told to "break away." Lane in the opening rounds was content to allow Thomas to do most of the leading, and though Thomas showed signs of wear on the face through running into Lane's straight lefts, the Cwm- avon man did not escape scot-free. Laine's clever footwork enabled him to jump out of the reach of the dangerous swings by Thomas, who did grandly in the eighth round and was going strongly when Lane altered his tactics and became more ag- gressive afterwards. He scored frequently up till the fourteenth round, but Thomas rushed. Lane to the ropes and did well in the fifteenth. Meanwhile Lane had piled up points by his leads, and Thomas, seeing his only chanoe of winning was in a knock-out, rushed matters repeatedly. Lane, however, was the more skilful boxer, and Thomas's more rugged methods availed him little, for Lane's left hand did a lot of damage, and the latter was declared the winner on points. The audience was in accord with the verdict.. A CLEVER BOUT. 11 1 J rrom a spectacular standpoint tne best bout was that between Charlie Yeomans, Pontypridd, and Young Dando, Merthyi>. This also went the full distance of fifteen two-minute rounds, and some clever boxing was seen. The men had previously fought a. draw, and opened cautiously. Yeomans did some good work in the early stages and was smart with both hands. He followed up his advantage cleverly. Dando got home with good effect on Yeomans' lips- and was the more aggressive from the fifth round. Both men did much clever work, and though Dando was often out of distance owing to smart ducking by Yeomans, the former gradually got the upper-hand. Some capital exchanges were witnessed in the seventh and eighth meeting, and in the tenth Dando pcored heavily, but Yeomans had the better, of the twelfth round. Dando was at his best towards the end and won easily on points. Harry Taylor, of Swansea, and Young Harris, St. Thomas, were opposed in a six- round contest. The latter was very game, but Taylor's ringcraft was a big asset, and in the fourth round Harris had to give UP. FARRELL AND ROBERTS. Mr. J. T. Jones informs us that he has made arrangements for the fight between W. Farrell and Dai Roberts to ta.ke place at Swansea,, but the date has not been decided. c.=: I.

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