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"... Everywhere, promoters of amateur shows want Speary to headline their shows...."


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He didn't forget to duck!  

Angelo Ambrosano, left, of Philadelphia, bobs under a right swing from Bill Speary, Tamaqua star, in their 118-pound open semi-final bout last night at the Arena. However, it was Speary, three-time national A.A.U. champion, who won the decision. A capacity crowd viewed the many thrillers in The Inquirer AA Diamond Belt Championship Tournament, while hundreds were turned away.


Billy Speary, of Nanticoke, Pa., is shown knocking out Bill Bartman, of Reading, in a 118-pound open class bout last Monday night at the Arena. He hopes to repeat the second-round K.O. in the Inquirer A.A. Diamond Belt Championships tomorrow night in the same ring. 


Philadelphia Inquirer.

Speary May Fight Donato in "Battle of the Century"

By Stan Baumgartner (Philadelphia Inquirer 1939)
Amateur fight fans have already dubbed it "The Battle of the Century"-the bout between Bill Speary, of Nanticoke and Frank Donato, of Crusader A. C., for the 118-pound Inquirer Diamond Belt Championship at the Arena next Monday night.



Speary Top Amateur

Bill Speary is the greatest amateur boxer in this country-if not the entire world-today. If and when he should meet Frank Donato (maybe tomorrow) it will be the battle of the century among the simon pures. Donato is the only man of Speary's weight who has taken the measure of the great up-stater-and this was a special bout.

With the championship-probably a national title at stake-what a fight it will be.

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