February 25, 1914

Bud Anderson, the local favorite, arrived in town last night from San Francisco with a slightly discolored left eye and an alibi. Bud looks fat and not at all the clear-eyed Bud who used to topple over the lightweights in the Angle opera house a year or so ago. He is the guest of Shorty Miles.

An alibi from a defeated prizefighter is a sorry thing at best, but Bud's story seems plausible, and it is the opinion of the Medford fight fans that Watson's victory was a hollow one. Bud spoke thusly:

"I was in doubt all the time as to whether or not the fight would really take place, as Jack O'Connell, the promoter I was signed up with, and Jim Griffin, the promoter who had signed Gilbert Gallant and Willie Robinson, both claimed the permit for this months fight, and owing to their wrangling no one could say just which pair of boxers would meet — Robinson and Gallant or Watson and myself, and when I found the date drawing near it was too late to get into shape. Without taking any credit from Watson, I am sure I could stop him in ten rounds with a little light training."

Bud did not say much about the parting between himself and Dick Donald, his manager, but it is conceded that a quarrel has occurred between the two hitherto inseparable chums. Anderson once said he would "win the lightweight championship with Donald as his manager or quit."

He has failed in this and will now start out for the welterweight crown with a local man as his manager. The plan is to have Bud remain in Southern Oregon and spend some time on the Jim Kershaw ranch in the antelope, after which an old-time trainer will be secured.

After a talk with Bud last night several of his supporters who already have "velvet," which they won on Bud when he was going good, expressed their willingness to back Bud against Watson for a goodly sum and this money will be used to influence promoters to again match Bud with Watson.

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