Yokohama, Jan. 24, via Victoria, B.C., Feb. 4.-- An unfortunate incident occurred here in connection with the visit of Jack Slavin, a middle-weight pugilist from Australia, who is well known in the United States and South America. Slavin gave an exhibition, one of his opponents being a colored man named E. F. Padmore. This man put up a very tame fight and the sports present were inclined to resent the easy way Slavin let him off. No evil results of his bout were apparent to him after the contest. About midnight, however, Padmore, who was attached to the United States hospital corps here, sent for Mr. Slick, of the hospital, saying that his feet were cold and numb and that his left side in the vicinity of his heart was causing much uneasiness. Dr. Taylor, attached to the hospital, promptly attended the patient, accompanied by two other physicians, but they were unable to render any effectual assistance and he died at 1:30 a.m. The three doctors, who also witnessed the fight, held a post-mortem examination and stated that death was the result of what is popularly termed the athlete's heart. The affair created a sensation, but no blame is attached to Slavin. The latter is to fight Wm. Lucifer, the strong man and contortionist, for a purse of $500 and the gate money next week. J. McAuliffe, another Australian pugilist, who has been several months in Shanghai, writes that he will shortly visit Yokohama, when more boxing bouts will be ordered, en route for San Francisco. Jack Slavin claims to be a brother of Frank Slavin, who was once a claimant of the heavy-weight championship in the United States.
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press, February 6, 1902.
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