New York, New Jersey, Feb. 23-Babe Cullen, manager of pro boxers, affiliated with Hughie Gartland, the man who years ago brought Luis Firpo into prominence is ready to submit an offer to Billy Speary of Nanticoke to desert the amateur boxers after the Golden Gloves tournament is over within the next few weeks.
Tipped off by coal region fans, Cullen last night saw Speary fight in the quarterfinals at the New York Hippodrome when he knocked out Tony Palamara, of Trinity, New York, in the first round. Cullen was impressed with his boxing ability and his hard punching and he declares that under proper handling he may become a world's champion.
Four years Cullen has been closely identified with amateur boxers who he has piloted successfully. He started in the boxing game when he was the boyhood friend of "Mickey" Walker, and it was Cullen who urged and trained Mickey when he first started in the sport. Later Cullen signed several amateurs, turn them into professionals and many of them have advanced as title contenders. Several years ago Cullen formed a partnership with Hughie Gartland, and following Farr's fight with Joe Louis he acted as business manager for the Welshman who made a barn storming trip through the United States.
Cullen who watched Speary in action last night says:
"I thought perhaps the coal region boy was over-rated, but he had plenty "on the ball" last night and I think under the proper training and management he will go places. Of course, Speary will find competition tougher in pro circles, but he looks plenty tough himself and he knows how to hit. I'm going to submit offer to him to join my stable when the Golden Gloves tournament is over.