And that Tony Janiro is sure a nice feller. He sent me a basket that must have had in it every kind of fruit, every kind of nut. It must have cost him 70 or 80 dollars, maybe more. I liked the fruits and all the nuts but what I liked best was a card Tony Janiro put in on top of the basket. This was like a birthday card. The picture on it showed a fighter down on his knees, with arms on the ropes, his head hanging over the ropes. And it said on the card, "Just because a fighter is down he don't have to stay down." And Tony Janiro wrote on it, "Get up, Beau Jack. You're a good fellow, Beau Jack. Get up, boy, so we can fight again. Best wishes, Tony Janiro."
I did get up, after my operation.
I did fight again. I fight plenty and I won plenty. I knocked out Jimmy Collins in two and Johnny Bratton in eight. I was the very first one ever to break Johnny Bratton's jaw. I lost to Terry Young. I beat Johnny Greco and after that the nice guy, Tony Janiro.
That gives me another chance at the lightweight title but I am away over the limit. But to get the chance at Ike Williams, who is then the champ like I was before, I took off 11 pounds in nine days.
I lost to Ike Williams that night because of that. And I also was having a little trouble at home. I was having wife trouble and with that on his mind a man can't fight good, can he?
But Ike Williams couldn't knock me out that night. He couldn't stop me. He didn't put me away and his knockout was only technical. People say Williams didn't want to knock me out. But he did and there was only one reason why he didn't: he couldn't put me away, and he sure would have if he could have.
The same thing was true when I lost to Kid Gavilan. I was still having this little trouble at home and couldn't fight like I could with no wife trouble. And today Kid Gavilan won't fight me no more. Ike Williams would never fight me again after that first time.
And to this day I have never quit or retired from the ring. I know I can be beat but I just don't believe it. Only a little while ago I fought the middleweight Eddie Green in an exhibition in South Carolina. You should have heard the screaming and hollering that crowd did for me. With the people I'm still a well-liked little feller.