Harry Forbes

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Harry Forbes

Name: Harry Forbes
Born: 1879-05-13
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, USA
Died: 1946-12-19 (Age:67)
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5′ 3½″   /   161cm
Reach: 65″   /   165cm
Boxing Record: click

Harry Forbes was the brother of fellow boxer Clarence Forbes. Apparently both brothers had been members of the Mabray gang of swindlers, and in March 1910 they were both sentenced by the federal district court in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to two years in a federal penitentiary for "extensive swindling and fraudulent use of the mails." San Francisco Call [1].

A newspaper article, entitled "Boxers Today Not As Good," was published in the Nov. 22, 1911 Tacoma Daily News. It read, in part:

"The boxers today do not know how to fight," says Forbes. "In the old days, when the bell clanged for the beginning of a bout, the boxers did not get together like a couple of engines in a head-on collision. They sparred around a bit and tried to figure out the other fellow. When they saw an opening they led. They didn't rush into clinches and try to cave in the other fellow's ribs with inside blows or try to crack his neck with smashes to the base of his brain. That isn't fighting.
"The fighter today believes that endurance is the thing. He studies and hardens himself for the purpose of being able to take a beating and be classed as a 'good, game, willing fellow.' The old fighter was a boxer, who seldom wanted a punch. He studied generalship and the art of landing punches that would prove effective. A fighter trained in the old days to be able to land effectively from any angle, and when they did hit, every blow carried a sting with it.
"The wearing of bandages is a later day trick. I seldom wore them. When I did it was the only time that I ever hurt my hands. The present day fighter resorts to bandages because he thinks the chances of injuring his hands are lessened when he cracks an opponent with a misdirected punch on the head or elbow. But that's just where that fighter is wrong. Bandages are of little or no use. When they are put on they fit snugly. As a fight progresses they tighten up and the fighter finds it impossible to close his fist tightly. Then when he lands a punch it's with a half-closed fist, and the result is a dislocated joint or a broken hand. The bandages do not add to the power of a punch unless they are built of concrete or some other hard material."

According to a December 20, 1946 Associated Press (AP) report:

Dateline: Chicago--Harry Forbes, 67, one-time bantamweight boxing champion, died yesterday at Illinois Masonic Hospital. Forbes won the bantam crown January 28, 1902, by knocking out Danny Dougherty in four rounds in St. Louis. He lost the title to Frankie Neil in Oakland, California, in August 1903.