After two false starts Jack
Allen pilot puts his professional fight enterprise into motion for the
first time this year at the Maple Leaf Gardens tonight. He doesn't
commence firing in low gear either for his main go features two of the
world's finest featherweights in Harry Jeffra of Baltimore and Billy
Speary of Nanticoke, Pa.
Jeffra, though he showing his classic features and rapid technique
here for the first time, is no stranger to Toronto's fight
filberts. He has been mentioned in dispatches here for about three
years. He has held during the past four years both the bantam and
featherweight crowns. And is at this time still very much in the
hunt for another try at the 126-pound honors.
Speary was an unknown here til the night he decisively whipped the
well-like Georgie Pace right before our eyes. His manner of doing
same and his modest, business like and gentlemanly comportment at all
times popularized him almost overnight. Besides his record reads
like a who's who of the featherweights. In the short two years
since he reluctantly gave up murdering the amateurs of this continent,
Speary has tackled and at least felt his own with the hardest
126-pounders in the game. His first 10-round fight was against
Joey Archibald and the Pennsylvania Welshman was an easy winner.
On that same escutcheon are two bouts with Harry Jeffra. The
scoreboard read one apiece. Speary copping the first one at
Wilkes-Barre, his home grounds, and Jeffra reversing the count in his
backyard, Baltimore, last January.
As is the custom among beak bashers the stories from both sides
don't jibe on these two bouts. Speary says he won the first one
handily and had enough edge in the second clash to catch the nod
anywhere but in Baltimore. Jeffra claims he was jobbed at
Wilkes-Barre and had Speary on the deck three times in the rematch.
Tonight's tangle is therefore the deciding heat and on grounds
were neither will get any more than is coming to him. The night
Speary took Pace he showed enough wares to handle Jeffra or anybody else
at that weight.