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If it were not for the outdoor ring behind the house one would never think he was at a training camp. Maxie’s living quarters are the last word. He is esconsed in the palatial estate of P. Hal Sims, who plays for big stakes says he’ll take the odds on Baer’s winning next Thursday night at the Garden bowl.

Baer’s first fight against Chief Caribou at Stockton, Cal., netted him a $40 purse. In the Schmeling bout his bit amounted to $35,000. For his fight with Carnera, he’ll get something in the neighborhood of $150,000. We’d like to become a neighbor of the Livermore Larruper.

Max scored nineteen consecutive kayos in his ring career. His first manager was J. Hamilton Lorimer and his first trainer the skillful boxer, Bob McAllister.

Although in strict training, Baer still finds time to broadcast three times a week on a national hookup. He plays the role of a###taxicab driver in a radio drama and if the amount of mail he receives is any criterion, he is putting it over in grand style.

He goes on the air Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It is even rumored the fight was arranged for a Thursday night so the little matter of the world’s heavyweight championship would not interfere with his broadcasts. He gets a mint of money for this and Hoffman, his energetic manager, who writes the script containing details of the day’s workout, is rewarded with a nice piece of change. We’ll take the change.

CARNERA IN SHAPE

POMPTON LAKES, N. J.-Whatever opinions other may hold as to the outcome of the Primo Carnera tussle with Baer, there is one man who has an amazing confidence that Da Preem will win.

The Italian champ is not boastful. He wouldn’t even tell us that he expects to beat Baer. He will not say much on the impending fight. All his replies are marked by a modest reserve. Even when pressed for a reason for his quiet confidence and for this faith in himself he is inclined not to answer.

We must say this: Carnera looks much better than he did a year ago when he fought Sharkey at the Garden. Carnera seems to realize just how much he has improved as a boxer and he also knows his physical condition has never been better. Combine these two and the champ will prove a very difficult man for even a Californian Baer to whip.

CARNERA UNMANAGED

The one noticeable change in his present training methods is that Primo himself is having a good deal to say about the matter. A few years ago this young Italian was the most managed fighter in the ring. If we recall correctly there were something like eight men fighting for their rights of managership in court. Now one of the men, Billy Duffy, is up the river, Leon See has washed his hands of Carnera and the big fellow’s training by himself.

He is advised by Billy Defoe and has great confidence in what Billy tells him but he determined by himself to be in the best possible shape for next Thursday night. At present he has three sparring partners and they are giving him the proper amount of ring work.

BAER WILL WIN

Carnera has spent much time on his defensive work. Baer will have a hard time landing an effective low on the champ. Even then the Italian’s condition is such that he is hard to hurt. It should be a rough and tumble affair all the way.

Having seen both men in action during their training session, we feel confident that Maxie Adelbert Baer will be the next heavyweight of the world.

A THUMBNAIL SKETCH OF A JEWISH BOXER

Abe Feldman is one of the best Jewish youngsters in the heavy-weight ranks today. He belongs to New York’s great crop of cauliflower specialists. Licked Art Sykes at the Garden in the preliminary scrap to the Loughran-Neusel tussle. Gets plenty of work, thanks to his energetic manager, Hymie Caplan. This same manager discovered and developed Ben Jeby and Al Singer, who became champions. If Abe trails along with Caplan for a while longer we believe he’ll come through with a good stab at the big money and a grand record behind him. Last summer he stopped Al Heuser in five stanzas. Has lost only one "duke" in twenty-three starts Lives in New York’s teeming east side. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1912, and is a graduate of Schenectady High School in up-state New York. Was a good football player and a pitcher on the nine while there. Owns a decision over Al White. Has beaten many older and more experienced fighters. Is master of a terrific left hand uppercut and a deadly right had jab that shoots out at an opponent’s chin with the rapidity of a Gatling gun. Reminds us of Barney Ross because of his style in the ring. We’ll be hearing things about this youngster soon.

RAH FOR OLD NEW YORK

The New York University varsity track team elected John Fatseas, hurdler, and Edward Friedman, half miler; as captains for 1934-35. Fatseas, a junior in the School of Commerce, lives in Astoria. Friedman is a junior in the School of Education and lives in Laurelton, N. Y. He was selected to lead the Violet’s outdoor squad. The latter is the first Jewish athlete to lead the Violet track and field men on the outdoor cinder-paths since the time of Happy Furth. Happy was the only Jewish athlete ever to be captain of the outdoor and indoor squads in one year.

Fatseas is the metropolitan Intercollegiate 120-yard high hurdles champion. He placed second in the indoor I.C.4-A, the Metropolitan A.A.U., the Penn Relays and the outdoor I.C.4-A meets in the high hurdles.

Friedman was a member of the championship 2,900-meter medley relay quartets in both the National A.A.U. and Met. A.A.U. meets this season.

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