Billy Speary Wins Decision over Hubert Samuels in Feature Bout of Amateur Fight Card

Farewell Appearances as an Amateur Boxer

Feb. 1, 1940

Making his farewell appearances as an amateur boxer in the Lehigh Valley, Billy Speary, of Nanticoke, three-time national A.A.U. bantamweight champion who turns professional at Scranton Feb. 7th, last night turned the tables on Hubert Samuels, Philadelphia colored featherweight by punching out a three round decision in the feature bout of the weekly amateur fistic card before a packed house in Mealey's.

Last summer in Philadelphia, the Quaker City negro dumped Speary for a nine count in gaining a three-round decision, but the Nanticoke battler had no troubling turning the tables last night. Speary won each of the three rounds, out boxing his opponent over most the distance and frequently sinking hard right hand punches to the stomach which did the colored boy no good.

The decision of the judges and referee was unanimous in favor of Speary.

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