Written October 10, 1913:
"TOMMY GAVIGAN HAS A CHANCE TO MEET CHAMPION OF
Tommy Gavigan is a candidate for international pugilistic
honors. He will be one of a party of seven battlers sailing with promoter
Dan McKettrick Oct 10 from New York to Paris. Frank Moran, former Clevelander
makes the trip. He fights Jack Johnson in Paris Dec 23.
Gavigan has been promised a bout in Paris within two
weeks of the day he arrives at the French capital. French promoters have
agreed that, if Tommy makes good there in two fistic engagements, he shall
be given a match with George Carpentier, the idol of the ring in France.
Tommy will have to give about 10 pounds to Carpentier,
who is a light-heavyweight, for they will scrap at catch weights and Tommy
is a middleweight.
July 13, 1915
Harry Greb Victor Over Tom Gavigan In Six-Round Bout
Newspaper Article Info
Newspaper Name: The Pittsburgh Press
Date Printed: July 13, 1915
Written by: Jim Jab
Maniacal mauling. That's the only name for "Ickie" Greb's ring
stunts. No other comes close. Garfield's goblin-eyed youth was at his old
tricks last night and thus scored a fine triumph over Tommy Gavigan, Cleveland's
middleweight. Like all ringsters who haven't tested "Ickie's"
strength and stamina, Gavigan was disposed to smirk at the early wild man
rushes and slams of the local lad. Every round after the forst Gavy's smile
became more ghastly until in the fifth and sixth it had dissipated in the
entirety. Tommy had neither time nor inclination to chirp over the situation.
He was too leg weary and his main efforts were directed toward staving off
the demon like dashes of the fiery Greb.
Once in the fifth inning Gavigan sent home his best bet, something he
had been laying for, viz a terrific drive to the paunch. The blow caught
"Ickie" full bent on election, and the thump was heard over the
hall. Did it slow up Garfield's goer? Naw. It only made him fight more furiously.
He cut loose with arms, hands and feet in a more determined effort to floor
the man who dared hand him a soaker.
"Ickie's" never-say-die tactics were the feature of the fuss.
Barring the first round when Gavigan carried the gage of combat and steamed
in his long left and right swing Greb seemed to be on top. Gavigan later
on erred in waiting on the tiger from Garfield. He didn't lead. Greb's rushes
had to be met. Tommy essayed a doubling of these assaults by a lock and
a block. These tugging teas sapped the Ohio veteran's stamina and he finally
was unable to stand up and try to shoot his blows through the openings Greb
was bound to make in his savage attacks.
Gavigan was tired to the limit as the fifth belled an end. He actually
staggered to his corner. The final fray was a repetition of the fifth. Greb
though bleeding freely from a severe cut lip, waded in, whaled right and
left, forcing his foe to cringe, cower and cover to avoid a rain of slaps
and snaps. Ickie may be short on science but he is all there on the fight
part of the sport. He never sets for a punch but is ever shooting his mawleys
forward hoping that they find some mark and they generally do. These thrusts
may only sting but they wear and tear likewise. Greb carried the most visible
punishment but the sweltering shirt sleeve brigade at the show acclaimed
him a victor and "Ickie" didn't mind his souvenirs.
Tale Of The Tape
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
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