Henry Irslinger Is Confident

El Paso Herald – May 24, 1920

Believes He Will Best Brown

So confident is Henry Irslinger, former wrestling champion, that he will be the victor in his match with Pet Brown Tuesday night at Liberty hall that he has asked business manager John McIntosh to make the match at catchweights.

“ I understand that Brown weighs more than I, but that does not make any material difference, as I believe that my hand will be held up in token of victory,” the Atlantic City crack declared.  “I weigh just exactly 165 pounds right now, and with light training will be at this poundage when I enter the ring.  Brown is considered one of the best of his weight in the world and if I am able to beat him at 165 pounds it will be a victory which should result in many matches in this part of the country.  I have no intention of losing, but in the event I do Pet will know that he has been in a hard match.”

Was At Ball Game.

Saturday evening Irslinger worked out before big crowds at Liberty hall and Sunday afternoon he took a rest and attended the baseball game at Rio Grande park.  He was introduced to the fans by umpire Harry Kane and received a big ovation.

Brown will arrive in the city this evening, he wired manager McIntosh Sunday.  Pet has been delayed at his home by some business details and incidentally wired his regrets that he could not be here earlier and workout before the fans.  He will give an exhibition, Tuesday afternoon, however, for the benefit of those fans who desire to see him in action before entering the ring.

Pet is so well known to all Texas sportsmen, however, that everyone is aware of his sensational grilling style on the mat and they will be out to see him Tuesday night in spite of his delayed arrival.

Brown Is Favorite.

Brown continues to be a favorite in the betting on the contest.  It is probable that the big fellow will step on the mat at odds of about seven to five, it is stated by several fans who are arranging a welcome for the big Texan.

His recent victory over Rentrop, which is substantial evidence of his return to form, and the fact that he has been training quietly for several months, is being made the basis of quite a number of wagers.  Tickets have been placed on sale at the regular downtown points.  Many big reservations have been made.

“Boxcar” Johns and Alfredo Jiminez, middleweights, have been matched to clash in the semifinal, manager John McIntosh announced Monday morning.

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