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Boxing Ban in Indianapolis.

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Boxing Ban in Indianapolis.

The New York Times
May 23, 1915


INDIANAPOLIS, May 22.—Boxing contests between Lightweight Champion Freddie Welsh and Milburn Saylor and George Chip and Jack Johnson, which were scheduled to be held here May 28, will not be permitted, according to an announcement of Mayor Joseph E. Bell which became public today. It has been customary to hold a boxing match on the day before the 500-mile race at the Speedway, but Mayor Bell says that the sport "degenerated into fake prize fights conducted solely for the money there was in it."

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