ALLENTOWN MORNING CALL
September 10, 1940
Hammering his opponent almost at will, bobbing his
head back with straight left jabs and then crossing jolting rights to
the head, Billy Speary, Nanticoke brilliant little fighting machine last
night punched out a one sided 8-round decision over Don Fiantini,
Reading Italian featherweight now making his home in New York City, in
the feature clash of the last outdoor boxing card of the season at the
Speary weighed 125, Fiantini 126 3/4.
There were no knock downs, but Speary carried every
one of the eight rounds, several of them by the proverbial city block as
he outboxed and out punched his opponent from start to finish.
Time and again Speary wood work Fiantini either into a corner or against
the ropes, and cut loose with the two-handed attack that seemed to
bewilder or the Reading boxer.
Fiantini failed to land a solid blow on Speary for the first four
rounds as the elusive coal region boxer either ducked the punches or
took Dom's swings on his arms and shoulders. In the fifth Fiantini
did land a hard left hook to the face, and for that was on the receiving
end of 8 lightning left jabs in shorter time that it takes to read
it. Fiantini's head popped back on his shoulders every time Speary
In the eighth round Speary cut loose and actually outfought
Fiantini at the latter's favorite slugging game, making Dom break ground
time and again as he dealt out a licking to head and body.
Speary forced the fighting from the first round to the last, and
when he left the ring appeared as fresh is when he entered.
The crowd, the largest of the outdoor season in the Lehigh Valley,
saw one of the fightin-est cards of the year. The wind up, because
of Speary's superior boxing ability, was the only one-sided fight of the