Bat Masterson and Otto Floto had much in common. They were sportswriters in Denver. Each promoted boxing matches. Each had a pretty good opinion of his own talents and efforts. They were partners for a time, but in the late 1890s, a business deal went bad.
In July 1900, they confronted one another on a Denver street. Things got heated until Masterson started using his cane on Floto, who ran away. Masterson followed, swinging his cane until Floto put distance between the two. The fight made all the Denver papers the next day.