Perhaps the most revealing testimomy came...
Wed Sep 12, 2018 04:31

.during the court proceeding afterwards beginning December 8, conducted by Judge Sanderson.
Serving as head trainer in the Sharkey camp was Australian William G. "Billy" Smith. The S. F. Chronicle described him as "the sensation of the hour," the court being mesmerized by what he was compelled to expose when called to the stand. Here is the most pertinent in my assessment:

".....For the last five weeks I have acted as Sharkey's trainer at the Seal Rick House, Ocean Beach. George Allen assisted me in my work. Danny Needham [a most key conspirator] did only a little. He was there about five days.....
I first heard the name of Wyatt Earp mentioned ten days before the contest. Sharkey said that Lynch [Sharkey's crooked manager] knew a race horse man named Earp, and if he could get him for referee it would be alright. Sharkey said there was $2500 it for a referee who would do the job right. The game was, he said, for Lynch to object to every referee that was proposed unless he got a man that suited. If the managers couldn't agree the thing would come up before the club, and then it would be alright anyhow, because the club would propose the name of Earp.
I talked to Sharkey at 10 o'clock before on the morning of the fight. He told me that Earp would be chosen sure and that the game was for him to be given the decision on a foul in the first round, or as soon after that as Fitz hit him a body blow of any kind. Then Needham was to jump into the ring and claim a foul. He told me not to say I knew anything, that Lynch and Needham would be crazy if they found out he had told me. When the men got into the ring and Fitz objected to Sharkey's hand bandages Earp came over to our corner and whispered to Sharkey: "Take off the bandages, Tom. It'll be alright, anyhow."....."

We can safely imagine how crazy Lynch and Needham did become, when Fitz - as agreed upon with his wary manager Martin Julian - completely altered his boxing style by not throwing a single body punch of any kind until the combination which ended the bout.

  • Fitzsimmons/Sharkey fightRandy King, Mon Sep 10 11:41
    Fitzsimmons/Sharkey fight was it fixed, if so what did Wyatt get out of it. What I have read, Fitzsimmons was clearly the winner Randy King
    • Perhaps the most revealing testimomy came... — K.t.K., Wed Sep 12 04:31
    • Re: Fitzsimmons/Sharkey fightWayne Sanderson, Mon Sep 10 21:19
      It has never been proven that Wyatt Earp called that fight crooked. He called a low blow and gave the fight to the other guy, and many people claimed that they never saw the low blow. Those claims... more
      • For many years some of the self proclaimed "experts" claimed that Liston was part of conspiracy to fix the fight and point to actual film of the absence of a punch which knocked out Liston. Later... more
      • Absolute ProofK.t.K., Tue Sep 11 02:43
        Wayne, I doubt that you will ever make a more untrue statement for the rest of your life. The Absolute Proof of the fixed fight was presented on this board many years ago, not to mention a snippet in ... more
        • Re: Absolute ProofB.J., Tue Sep 11 15:30
          Hey Kenny, I always appreciate your research and sharing with other readers. At my advanced age, I began working on my masters degree in history. My daughter teases me that I am too old to be a... more
          • absolute proof.randy king, Wed Sep 12 11:29
            newspapers are not, nor can ever be 100% factual, not then, and not now. That said, the papers tell us that something happened, that an event was real. The details are up to us to find, not an easy... more
          • Thanks B.J.K.t.K., Wed Sep 12 00:56
            And my math is failing me in old age; should have said the double confession evidence came nine years after the conspiracy.
            • Two old farts..B.J., Tue Sep 18 10:16
              Hey Kenny, It was funny some years ago when we climbed up Hooker Butte. We were among the first to reach the top while our younger friends were complaining about how steep the east side of the hill... more
              • Funny for who, BJ?K.t.K., Tue Sep 18 13:51
                That dang butte totally kicked my rear end, not to mention that of my dear wife. Nobody blitzed Hooker's Butte like you did, with Lish and Smith, as I learned later. Dude, you were in shape! I never... more
        • I found an article by a ringside reporterRandy King, Tue Sep 11 10:12
          who wrote every round of that fight blow by blow, miss by miss. I know that Fitzsimmons won that fight, hands down, no way to say otherwise. A sports reporter deals with his newspaper, thus the... more
          • I read that article along with other period summations. Fitz making statements after the fight are questionable at best. Fitz never backed off his aggressive style and in my view was becoming... more
          • Randy, one thing to beware of:K.t.K., Wed Sep 12 03:03
            Coming into this field I was led astray for several years by the false notion that the San Francisco Call was ant-Wyatt. Thank God I was also cursed with an obsessive compulsive disorder which... more
            • As ususal Kenny you have supplied me with Randy King, Wed Sep 12 11:13
              interesting stuff, I wondered about Wyatt role, to protect the families and Laurence, he would need a team of men, no where have I located evidence to support a team. I do thank you for your insight... more
              • .I thought you might like to see his explanation: "I took every precaution to avoid a foul. I fought very carefully and very fair., and I waited until I could get a good opportunity to deliver a... more
                • Proper evaluation of evidence..B.J., Tue Sep 18 10:06
                  1) The Fitz-Sharkey bout was not legally sanctioned. 2) It is not possible for the fight to have been "fixed" unless Fitz was also involved in the misconduct. 3) If Wyatt was actually being paid to... more
                  • Totally disagree.K.t.K., Tue Sep 18 14:10
                    For decades before getting into the Old West field I had become a walking encyclopedia on pro boxing. My indoctrination began as a boy (with my father) in 1954. By 1973 I was a very decent fight... more
                • thank you (nm)Randy King, Thu Sep 13 09:42
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