"How will Billy Speary farewell against the former
featherweight champion, Joey Archibald, when they clash next Tuesday
night at the West Side
That is the question this department posed for many of the valleys
regular attendants at professional boxing shows to get a cross-section
of sentiment on the outcome.
Civic pride motivated many to select Speary as the winner, while
others insist the Nanticoke boy definitely outclasses Archibald in every
department except infighting. Archibald's supporters point out
experience and a terrific body attack will earn him victory.
Following are viewpoints of those questions on the bout:
Dave Pugh - Archibald is not a soft "touch" but I expect
Speary to offset the former champ's body attack with an improved left jab.
Neil Brislin - I'll be routing hard for Speary and hope he'll be
the featherweight championed by next April.
James Leonard, Imperial's auto parts salesman - Archibald is
undoubtedly superior at infighting that Speary is too classy in every
Dick Powell, Chief County detective - Speary is the best local
fighter since the palmy days of Al Dewey and he probably will go further
and may win the world's title.
Emmett Brislin - Speary has class but Archibald has championship
experience and will win by a decision.
Gus Brown - it's a toss up, but I'll take Speary against any top-notcher.
Joe Bennick - Speary is not only good enough to beat Archibald,
but can win decisively over Jeffra or Scalzo.
David Vaughn - Republican County chairman - the old battle cry
used to be, "Shawnee Against the World in Plymouth" - I feel
that way about Nanticoke and I am loyal to my hometown fighter.
Billy Mitchell - Speary is a nifty featherweight, but I think
Archibald is too good for him.
Dr. John Brominski (formerly Battling Gates) - I pick Speary by a
Terry Mitchell, ex-welterweight - Speary's clever, but he can't
hit fast or hard enough to beat Archibald.
Dave Winehouse - I only saw Speary fight once, and I think they're
taking him along too fast by pitting him against the ex-featherweight
Stanley Lowe - Speary has had more than 200 fights and has just as
much experience as Archibald, more cleverness and coming down the home
stretch he'll outgame his opponent.
Bill Thomas - Speary is fast and clever, but he can't punch hard
enough to hurt Archibald.
Eddie White - I'll wait until ringside and take the odds either
Joe Miller, County detective - Speary is fast, young, aggressive
and coming strong. He may win by a knockout.
Attorney Ray Livingston - Archibald will give Speary his hardest
test. If Billy beats this fellow he deserves a shot at the title.
Tommy Curley - I only saw Speary in one fight, and I don't think
he has experienced enough for Archibald.
Frankie Cawley - Speary is the best boxer, but Archibald can
hit. In a six round bout, I'd take Speary. This is ten
rounds and I'm afraid he'll blow up.
Pat O'Toole - Archibald is rough, tough and heady. He
figures to win.
Attorney Richard Sheridan - have not been in touch with the boxing
game, that Speary's from my hometown and I'm in his corner.
Morgan Bird - Archibald was a great fighter two years ago.
He's gone back, but he's still crafty and cunning. Even with his
advantage in experience, I like Speary, who is very clever and as game
as they come.
Frankie Burke - Speary is right at the peak, and he'll have too
much cleverness for the ex-champion.
George Stegmaier - I have seen nearly all the top- notch welters
and watched Archibald in three fights. Speary beat Al Brown and Eddie
O'leary decisively and he'll win over Archibald.
Attorney Nelson Bryant - It's a tough fight for Speary, but he has
everything to lose and nothing to gain, and I'll take him to win.
Dominick Meola - Archibald, unless he's gone back plenty, has
enough on the ball to beat Speary.
Ted Klepac, ex-St. Thomas College boxing coach - I'm a Penn State
licensed referee and I don't want to get in the middle of predicting a
Attorney Edward McGovern - It should be a great fight. I
have seen Speary in all his bouts here, and he's tops in my book and I
think he'll beat Archibald.
Emmett "kid" Wagner - Archibald hits too hard for Speary
and will wear the Nanticoke boy down at infighting.