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.

Gets Test Here Monday Night

When he steps into the ring with Dom Fiantini here Monday night, Billy Speary, the likable Nanticoke battler, will get one of his biggest tests since deserting the amateur ranks. Speary recently polished of Billy Davis here, and while he may go into the ring as the underdog, there are many who believe he will be able to take the measure of the Reading Italian.

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Billy Speary*

Fights Here Go over Until 9th

Speary-Fiantini Meeting Is Now Scheduled for Week Monday


Fiantini In Training For Go With Speary

Dominic Fiantini is not spending the holiday with his folks in Reading, as he had planned to.

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 Bout will go if weather permits

Originally booked for Monday, Little Fellows will tangle here tonight.

While the weather man is not holding out much promise, the Billy Speary - Dominic Fiantini bout is all set to go in the Fair Grounds tonight, if the weather permits.

"If the rain persists tomorrow, " said Charlie Ettinger last night, "this is one bout that is sure to come off sometime.  It won't rain forever, and I never knew two chaps who were more anxious to get at each other than these two."

So if the deluge continues today, another date will be fixed.  And, incidentally, the best evidence of the interest of the public, is the fact that in spite of the continued rain yesterday, fans continued to order tickets.


Fiantini Here

Dominic Fiantini and his manager, Gus Browne, arrived in town yesterday from New York.

Biggest Crowd of 1940 Outdoor Season Expected to Fair Grounds

Tonight at the Allentown Fair Grounds the Lehigh Valley boxing fans get the treat that comes once in a season

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Speary gives Fiantini neat 8-round lacing


September 10, 1940

Hammering his opponent almost at will, bobbing his head back with straight left jabs and then crossing jolting rights to the head, Billy Speary, Nanticoke brilliant little fighting machine last night punched out a one sided 8-round decision over Don Fiantini, Reading Italian featherweight now making his home in New York City, in the feature clash of the last outdoor boxing card of the season at the Fair Grounds.

Speary weighed 125, Fiantini 126 3/4.

There were no knock downs, but Speary carried every one of the eight rounds, several of them by the proverbial city block as he outboxed and out punched his opponent from start to finish.  Time and again Speary wood work Fiantini either into a corner or against the ropes, and cut loose with the two-handed attack that seemed to bewilder or the Reading boxer.

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* Newspaper obviously used an old file photo as this picture appears to be from 1937 NOT 1940 when it was used for this article.





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