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,
Frankie Radio. Allentown, 168, won a three-round decision over Bob
Johnny Tomasic, Emmaus, 134, won a three-round decision over Carl Kimbal,
Henry Pappas, Reading, 154, won a three-round decision over Al Durange,
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.