Works in the Bulletin 1908
The contest lasted 15 rounds, and through that busy period Williams treated O'Keefe's head as a punching ball.
..... Meanwhile the Irishman was hammering away the best he could at Williams' ribs ... He clung to O'Keefe
like a clam, used his elbow, and once 'Turned in" for a most decided cross buttock .... For a moment or two it
looked as though the two men were disposed to do one another an injury. The police, however, prevented anything
of this kind by stopping the contest. - Melb Age report of the Williams-O'Keefe bashing match.
Stripped to the buff they circled round,
And jagged and swung and crossed;
To uppercut and smash and pound
No chances either lost;
Till folks opined, in some alarm,
That they might do each other harm.
Fiercely, they swung the left and right,
With punch and bash and clout:
Each grimly hopeful that he might
Secure the glad knook-out.
And, as they watched the "claret" spurt,
The crowd feared someone might be hurt.
The ribs of one were bruised and sore,
His chin was badly gashed;
The other's face was streaked with gore;
And yet they biffed and bashed.
And someone said, "It this goes on
There'll be an injury anon."
Harder and swifter rained the blows,
And fiercer grew the fray;
At chest and chin and eye and nose
Each boxer biffed away;
Till cried the audience in fright,
If they're not stopped they'll start to fight!"
But on they battled, bruised and dazed,
Scarce able now to stand;
Until the Law stepped in and raised
A stern, restraining hand.
"Ah!" sighed the crowd, freed from suspense,
"It might have led to violence."
The Bulletin, 12 November 1908, p28