Pete Sanstol vs. Emile Pladner

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1932-07-20 : Pete Sanstol 117½ lbs drew with Emile Pladner 118 lbs by PTS in round 10 of 10

  • Location: Forum, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Round-by-Round Account

First Round--Sanstol landed the first punch of the match, a light left to the face but Pladner came in with both hands to the body. Pladner forced the fighting, scoring to the face with his left hand. Sanstol was bobbing and weaving in his usual fashion and easily evaded two sharp rights. Sanstol landed two light lefts to the face and then added three more without a return. Sanstol knocked Pladner's head back with a sharp right cross at close quarters.

Second Round--Pladner came out aggressively but Sanstol forced him back with a barrage to the body and threw another stream of left hands to the face. Pladner's nose was red and was showing the effects of the light but frequent punches. At close range, which was supposed to be Pladner's forte, Sanstol ripped in two hard uppercuts that knocked the Frenchman's head back. Pladner came back aggressively and drove both hands to the head. They battled furiously at close quarters. Sanstol's mouth was bleeding slightly when the round ended.

Third Round--Both landed with lefts and then Sanstol swung a sharp right overhand to the chin that rocked Pladner's head. Pladner hit on the break and was warned by the referee. Pladner was annoyed by the taunts of ring-siders and stopped fighting to hurl epithets at the crowd. Sanstol was out-boxing the Frenchman by a wide margin. He landed both hands to the head and Pladner missed by a foot with the counter-punch. Pladner was very wild with his return and Sanstol had a big margin on the round.

Fourth Round--Sanstol landed the first punch of the round, a right to the head followed up with two sharp digs to the body. Pladner was bewildered by the Norwegian's speed and could not locate him with heavy punches. Sanstol again ripped through with heavy uppercuts at close range. Pladner missed twice with heavy right swings. Sanstol peppered away to the body at close range and then landed five straight lefts without a return. Pladner landed a glancing right to the jaw as the round ended.

Fifth Round--Pladner refused to open and waited for Sanstol to lead to him. Stanstol [sic] landed lightly to the face with his left and again Pladner was missing with counter-punches. Stanstol's judgment of distance was particularly good. Pladner was missing by inches with his heavy drives to the head. Stanstol scored frequently with sharp straight lefts to the head. Pladner landed a hard right to the mouth which brought a trickle of blood from Sanstol's lips. It was an even round.

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Sixth Round--Both used their left hands accurately. Pladner's blows seemed to have more force. Blood started to trickle from Sanstol's eye as well as from his nose. Sanstol landed a hard right to the head. Pladner landed to the back of Sanstol's neck. The crowd shouted disapproval. Pladner was trying to land heavy artillery, but was just missing. Sanstol missed twice with hard left hand swings.

Seventh Round--They sparred cautiously coming out. Neither was able to land effectively. Sanstol circled around and finally landed a light left. The pace had slowed up considerably. Pladner landed a good straight left on the ropes and Pete was forced to hurry out of the corner. Pladner forced the pace and drove in with both hands, landing a right hand punch high on the head. Sanstol came back with a left hook to the face. Pladner came in with both hands to the body and crossed a hard right to the jaw just as the round ended.

Eighth Round--They fought at close range with neither able to land effectively until Sanstol lifted a right uppercut to the face. The Norwegian scored with two sharp lefts. Pladner landed heavily to the body at close range and Sanstol fought back furiously. Pladner rallied again, landed to the face bringing blood from Sanstol's mouth. Pladner was improving as the fight went on and Sanstol had lost some of his early speed. Pladner went in and landed with both hands to the body at close range, forcing Pete back. Sanstol landed a light left at the end of the round.

Ninth Round--Close range fighting again prevailed after which Sanstol stepped away and resumed scoring on points by using his left hand to the face. Pete stepped into a right to the body. Pladner then hooked his right hand in a short circle to the face. Sanstol seemed tired and Pladner was fighting away methodically, though he missed three in a row before scoring with left and right to the face.

Tenth Round--Sanstol led with a light left and danced around in an effort to make Pladner miss. Pladner scored to the jaw at close range and drove another right to the body. Sanstol landed twice and forced Pladner to miss several heavy swings. Pladner nearly swung himself off his feet with an uppercut he missed but he landed a stiff left that brought further blood from Sanstol's eye. The fought viciously at close range, both landing to the body. Pete was short with a right swing, but drove Pladner back to the ropes, both landing with right hands. Pladner was bleding [sic] from the mouth at the end of the round.

From an unidentified Montreal newspaper.

Reporter W. J. Morrison of one Montreal paper described the fight as follows:

Two of Three Judges Unable to Determine Winner of Brilliant Contest
Furnishing one of the most brilliant exhibitions of boxing that has been witnessed in Montreal in many years, Emile "Spider" Pladner and gallant little Pete Sanstol fought a ten-round draw before 7,000 enthusiastic spectators at the Forum last night.... The decision announced from the centre of the ring was one of the fairest that has ever been given in Montreal and only the most rabid supporters of either fighter could have disagreed with it.

Previous to the fight Pladner, on the result of his two matches with Bobby Leitham and the fact that Sanstol has not seen action in many months, was made the public choice.... In the opinion of critics who watched the encounter from ringside seats any other decision would have been unfair to either boxer, although in the early stages it looked as though Sanstol would run away with the bout.

No two fighters could have entered a ring in better condition, notwithstanding reports that Sanstol had sprained a ligament in one of his legs. They fought at entirely different styles and each was pleasing to the spectator, furnishing brilliancy in every round that could hardly have been surpassed. The boxers went at their work in a business-like manner and changed their tactics frequently, each trying to outguess the other in the effort to score a knockout and make the victory a decisive one. At times they fought cautiously while on other occasions they flung caution to the winds and swung at one another, trying all of their tricks to terminate the battle. They started at a fast clip and there was no letting up in their pace until the gong sounded the end of the encounter and both lads were called to the centre of the ring where their hands were raised signaling to the spectators in more than words that the judges had been unable to reach a decision and that the honors were divided. [Each won four rounds, with the remaining two evenly divided.]

When the decision was announced the lads who had given their all to bring victory for their supporters put their arms around each other and the fight was only a memory with them.

Pladner, who is no stranger to Montrealers, is the more rugged type and is a slugger while Pete Sanstol is of the more open type of boxer but his speed and aggressiveness served him well and stood off the determined efforts of Pladner to send home one of his telling right-hand crosses that have carried him to so many triumphs. Sanstol, who has not fought for almost a year, surprised even his most ardent admirers. Many were of the opinion that he might not be well fitted for such a gruelling contest. He measured punches with his more rugged opponent and frequently drew him into clinches for a session at in-fighting. At the closer fighting Sanstol was surprisingly good and showed something that he had never previously done in Montreal that of delivering stiff right-hand jolts to the body and head.

In the early stages of the battle Sanstol's speed fairly bewildered Pladner. The French fighter was unable to cope with it, with the result that the Norwegian piled up a point score that against almost any other battler would have been impossible to overcome. Pladner never gave up and gradually solved the mysterious style of defence shown by Sanstol to come from a rally in the sixth round and win the next three which evened up the count....

Both boys were marked about the face from the consistent left-hand jabbing, both using their lefts with telling effect.... There was considerable clinching throughout the ten rounds, but in those clinches many a hard blow was landed, Sanstol using a right uppercut to advantage, while Pladner invariably sent over right crosses to the head.

But, according to another Montreal newspaper account:
Pladner's smouldering temper nearly cost him the fight.... Seated at ring-side were a group of Sanstol's French supporters, and from the start they hurled barbed taunts at the Frenchman, in his own tongue. Perhaps it was derision in French accents that stung, but at any rate, Pladner was infuriated. He continually glanced at his tormentors, and in the third round stepping back from a clinch, he dropped his hands to his sides and stood glaring at them, his slaty eyes fairly blazing. With any fighter less sporting than Sanstol, that might have been an expensive gesture, for Sanstol could have stepped in and landed heavily. But he quietly waited until Pladner recovered his poise before renewing hostilities.