Johnny Forte Will Give Local Mittster Tough Battle According to Philly Scribes

Matchmaker Al Dooley will present one of the finest pro cards ever held in these parts on Friday night at the Kingston Armory with the first bout being at 8:30, Nanticoke's Bill Speary will feature the card with an eight round fight against Johnny Forte, aggressive scrapper of Philadelphia.

Both boys met in the amateur ring with Speary holding two verdicts over the Philadelphia boxer while the latter has not defeated the Nanticoke champion. Forte will try hard to avenge his former defeat and has rolled up an impressive record in the pros ring scoring many kayoes.

The under card will have Ralph Coslosky of Pringle Hill meeting Charly Brant of Pittsburgh in the six round bout which should have the crowd standing in the aisles.
Eddie O'Leary will take on Joe Maffai of Philadelphia in another six rounder. O'Leary should take another pro win over his opponent who is considered a good fighter.
Jackie Munley will again return to ring action when he fights a six rounder against a strong opponent. Munley is staging a comeback in the middleweight division.
Bull Santos of Shenandoah will open the night festivities when he opposes Homar Jackson, Cumberland, Maryland in the sixth round fight.



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Billy Speary, Nanticoke's 124-pound contender for the featherweight crown, remained undefeated since turning professional by blasting his way to an eight-round decision over Philadelphia's Johnny Forte, 122, last night in the feature bout of the Armory AC's card at the Kingston Armory. The crowd of 1,361, the biggest of the season, paid a little over $1,500 to see the former amateur champion in his first windup match.

Forte, unbeaten in 13 previous professional bouts, gave the local boy plenty of trouble but was unable to exchange punches on the par with Art Thomas' protégé. The record score card credited Speary with winning five rounds and earning a drawer in two of the others. The tough Quaker City scrapper took everything Speary had and kept coming back for more, only in the third stanza was Forte able to really hurt the promising Nanticoke pelter.

In the third Forte came out of a crouch in the center of the ring and backed Speary into the ropes with a volley of lefts and rights to the face. A right to the chin straightened up the local performer but he managed to break away from Forte and was on top all the way after that.

Speary let loose with his heavy barrage in the fifth, lambasting Johnny with everything but the posts but the Philly clouter wouldn't faulter. Billy kept hammering away at his opponents mid-section at the end of the fifth and Forte was quite played out when he took his corner. From then on Speary piled up the points on off body attack, shooting home a left and right to the head occasionally.

There were no knockdowns and neither was cut at the end. Both resorted to in-fighting and referee Joe Sweeney separated them many times. At intervals Speary would uncork a long punch but most of them missed their mark. The decision was very popular with the large gathering.



By Al Weiss

Of the largest crowds ever to witness a professional boxing card at the Kingston army saw Bill Speary held his own in every round decision over Johnny Forte, tough little scrapper of Philadelphia, who had won 10 straight pro wins. Speary held his own in every round except the third when he was weakened a bit by stomach punches. The fans gave the Nanticoke scrapper a mighty ovation and it was pleasing to see so many Nanticoke fans there to root for the boy who has brought more fame and publicity to Nanticoke than any other person or organization here.





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