TAKES MEASURE OF WORLD'S FEATHERWEIGHT KING IN KINGSTON ARMORY
Wilkes-Barre, Pa., November 19 (AP)-Billy Speary, the coal
region's challenger for the featherweight crown, defeated Harry Jeffra
of Baltimore, the title holder, in a 10-round non-title bout tonight
before 2,600 at the Kingston Armory. It was the 21st straight win
for the former national A.A.U. King since he turned pro. ***
Speary weighed 126, Jeffra 127.
Referee Leo Houck, Penn State boxing coach, gave Speary seven
rounds and called one even, while judges Mike Bernstein of West Pittston
and W.J. Kehoe of Williamsport awarded six rounds to Speary and marked
Jeffra was handcuffed all the way and took a terrific pounding in
the seventh, ninth and tenth rounds. The Nanticoke clouter was not
in trouble had any time. His hard lefts and rights to the body and
head in the closing rounds jarred the champion and send him into the
ropes several times. There were no knockdowns.
In the semi-final, Johnny Forte, 123, Philadelphia, scored a
technical knockout over Ralph Maxcy, 126, Pringle, in the third
round. Maxcy was subbing for Paul Jackson, who failed to
appear. Forte fouled his opponent in the second round and referee
Joe Sweeney gave Maxcy a 5-minute rest period.
Ring Record book notes this as only his 18th fight.