Fitzsimmons Beat Corbett (Johnny Burke)

On St Patrick's Day at ten o'clock
the fight it did begin,
And fifty thousand people flocked
to see which man would win;
The betting went on Corbett's side
for many sports did say,
He'd knock out Bob Fitzsimmons
upon St Patrick's Day.

Both men looked well before the fight,
and while applause ran high,
They shaped themselves to start the fight
to do it or to die;
Jim Corbett was the first,
let out with a left-handed swing,
To try and knock Fitzsimmons out
that morning in the ring.

Both men got punished most severe
as the battle still progressed,
When Corbett seemed to get fatigued
when put hard to the test;
Each stood and sparred and hit out hard
when in the fourteenth round,
Fitzsimmons hit him near the heart
and felled him to the ground.

Newspaper talk is stopped at last,
and bragging has a rest,
St Patrick's Day it did decide
Fitzsimmons is the best.

####.... Johnny Burke [1851-1930] of St John's, NL ....####
Published in Burke's Ballads, p.27, c.1960, compiled by John White and archived at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Libraries, Centre For Newfoundland Studies - Digitized Books collection.

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Excerpted from Wikipedia:
Bob Fitzsimmons - Robert James Fitzsimmons (Ruby Robert) (The Freckled Wonder) [1863-1917] of Helston, Cornwall, UK, and Timaru, New Zealand, 67 wins, 8 losses, 5 draws, held world boxing championship in three world weight divisions: middleweight, heavyweight, light heavyweight. Named in 2003 by Ring Magazine as number eight of all times among boxing's best punchers.
James John "Gentleman Jim" Corbett - [1866-1933] American professional boxer and a former World Heavyweight Champion, best known as the man who defeated the great John L Sullivan. Despite a career spanning only 24 bouts, Corbett faced the best competition his era had to offer; squaring off with a total of 9 fighters who would later be enshrined alongside him in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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