Cole Watson Says Reading Boy Will Win Clash Here Monday Night
Cole W. Watson, who competed with the champions in the featherweight division in the
nineties and who has been identified ever since his retirement from the ring with the sport in the capacity of manager, trainer or promoter, is backing Dominic Fiantini to defeat Billy Speary when the two meet in
the eight round feature bout at the Allentown Fair Grounds on Monday Night.
Watson was a top-notcher in the days when the men fought with skin-tight gloves on barges and in barns, because
the sheriff was likely to pop up and halt the festivities. He is now a prominent Reading business man.
"I love a good fight and always will," said Watson at his place of business, "but I am not sentimental about winners and losers. With me, the game is cold turkey. I have been through it all."
"I am backing Fiantini to win, not because he is a Reading boy, but because I have seen him in some of his fights. My
judgment tells me that Fiantini is the best man."
"Speary has a lot of class. He does most of his execution at short range, in-fighting. On Monday night he meets a chap who is a past master at the same game. For Speary to have an even chance with Fiantini he will have to map out a different campaign from what he has been using."
Art Thomas, manager and trainer of Speary, has not indicated that he is worried. While Speary did not beat Al Brown by a wide margin last Tuesday night, Thomas said he did not expect him to. "Beating a fellow like Brown is enough; it is all that anyone could ask."
Reports of the sensational battle Johnny Dean, formerly of Miami, put up against Howard Burton are seeping through and as a result there is much interest in his coming bout with Johnny Noce, one of the two six-round semi-finals on Monday night. Other bouts include Frankie Bluis vs. Choo Choo Derr, Allentown, six rounds; Steve Mattura, Allentown vs. Porter Blackburn, Reading; Jimmy Kennedy, Allentown, vs. Mike Reilly, Easton and Sammy Washington, Bethlehem, vs. Paul Trinkle, Northampton, all four rounds.
Choice tickets are on sale at the Witwer-Jones store, Colonial barber shop, Bucky Boyle's and the Ritz Barbeque in Allentown; Morgan Ruppert's billiard parlor in Tamaqua and Teddy Squint in Reading.
The first bout goes on at 8:45 daylight saving time.