O'Leary Almost Helpless in
Seventh and Eight Rounds
"Billy" Speary, Nanticoke Golden Glove
champ, weighing 123, last night before 3110 fans who paid $3400
decisively out pointed Eddie O'Leary, 120, Pringle featherweight in the
feature 8-round bout at the 109th Westmoor Armory.
O'Leary won two out of eight rounds, the third and
forth, while he got an even break in the second. Speary won all
the other rounds by a wide margin and in this 7th and 8th rounds his
body punching had O'Leary punch drunk and groggy and on the verge of the
knockout. The decision for Speary was unanimous by referees Leo
Houck , of Penn State college, "Mike" Bernstein, local boxing
writer and Bill Kehoe, a Williamsport sports editor.
Speary fought a well planned battle. He resorted to short
body punches in the first round and then tested O'Leary at long-range in
the next three rounds, finally opening up on the Pringle boy in
the fifth round with short and long-range punching that had O'Leary
tottering and ready to go down for the count.
O'Leary looked like a master boker in the third and fourth rounds
and several times he brought hard right crashes to Speary's jaw, but the
Nanticoke boy never wavered and kept coming back for more. Under
the aggressive attack of Speary and his constant body punishment to
O'Leary, the Pringle featherweight weakened and it was only his
gameness, stamina and courage that kept him on his feet.
REFUSES TO QUIT
In the sixth round, when O'Leary went to his corner he was in bad
physical shape, and with his right side suffering from paralysis, his
brother Dick, formerly Jackie Britton, said-"better let me throw in
the towel". Eddie, however shook his head "no" and
said, "I'll be able to make it and will stick to the
O'Leary made many friends by his gameness, and Speary proved once
more to the fans that he is a great club fighter and destined to go the
top rung on the featherweight pugilistic ladder. Speary, somewhat
similar to Billy Conn in boxing style, like the Pittsburgh light-heavy
champ appears to lack a knockout punch, and his manager and trainer, Art
Thomas, will seek to develop a better wallop for his protégé within
the next few months.
The bout, although a grudge affair, was fought cleanly, and Speary
hugged O'Leary after the official verdict was announced. Speary
said: "He gave me a tough battle and I am glad I won and I will be
ready for another battle within a month."
O'Leary said: "I gave the best I had and have no
regrets. I thought after the third round I would win by a
knockout, but I weakened after the fourth am I left side pained and was
paralyzed. I don't think I over-trained and I hope Speary gives me