These champions—they fight and then they don't fight—and then sooner or later they have to fight again. And sometimes they come as good or better than before, and sometimes not so good. Then there is another champion.

That is how some people thought it would be when it was announced that Mickey Walker, world's welterweight champion, was to fight Dave Shade, the Californian who had been three years trying to pick just this scrap, before Tex Rickard accommodated him and fixed the place of the bout in...

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