Announces Intentions After Winning Amateur Bout from
Reading Fighter.


Bill Speary is giving up his topflight amateur boxing standing for a professional fistic career.
The popular National A.A.U. champion announced last night he would forsake the ranks of the Simon-pures at Scranton January 31 against an opponent yet to be selected.
For the last two years the Nanticoke fighter has ruled the national 118-pound class and before that he was the 112-pound kingpin.
Asked why he did not set his cap for a professional debut in New York, Speary replied: "We'll come around to that later. I want to get three or four fights under my belt before I go to New York."

Wins at Allentown

His weight was announced as 126 pounds before he wound up his amateur campaigning by punching out an easy decision over Paul Jackson, of Reading in the amateur show at Allentown last night.

Some months ago when war dimmed the prospects of the 1940 Olympic games, Speary  intimated he would turn pro if the games were cancelled.

He had counted on making the trip and was keenly disappointed at the turn of events.  However, he pointed out that he had seen long service as an amateur and felt that the time was approaching when he should capitalize on his ability and wide experience in the ring.

The summaries at Allentown last night:
Ed Hartley, Freeland. 134 won a three-round decision over Joe Goldbach, 138, Tamaqua.
Frankie Radio. Allentown, 168, won a three-round decision over Bob Hoffman, Tamaqua.
Johnny Tomasic, Emmaus, 134, won a three-round decision over Carl Kimbal, Allentown, 135.
Henry Pappas, Reading, 154, won a three-round decision over Al Durange, Freeland. 156.
Don Miller, Reading, 122, won a three-round decision over George Haldeman, Hokendauqua, 120.
Johnny Holley, Bethlehem, 134, scored a technical knockout over Freddie Morris, Reading, 130, in the third round.
Danny Collins, Tamaqua, 148, won a three-round decision over Cliff Hinnerschitz, Reading, 146.
Joe Donofrio, Freeland, 148, won a three-round decision over Al Maitz, Allentown, 144.
Patsy DiFio, Freeland, 134, won a three-round decision over Bill Sager, Wilkes-Barre, 132.
Johnny Gall, 132, Freeland, won a three-round decision over Sammy Washington, Bethlehem, 132.
Bill Speary, Nanticoke, 126, won a three-round decision over Paul Jackson, Reading, 126.
Referee: Jack Saurina, Bethlehem Judges: Billy Logan and Eddie Billman, both of Allentown.






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