March 12, 1940
Real Test For Speary
Bill Speary, of Nanticoke, the former national A.
A. U. featherweight champ, for the first time since making his pro
debut locally, showed some of his championship potentialities by
lacing Paul Jackson, a tough Cuban from Reading, in a six-rounder.
Rivals during their amateur careers, Speary and
Jackson went at each other in hammer and tong style from the opening
bell. Speary's better science gave him the edge in five of the six
Jackson stood up nicely under the pasting Speary
dished out. In fact, it was the best exhibition this writer has ever
seen Speary display. He outboxed the Cuban and tossed plenty of rights
and lefts to the face and body for the first five rounds. Jackson, a
tough nut to dispose of, in a final bid, landed a terrific overhand
right to Speary's jaw just before the last bell sounded. Speary,
however, managed to stay vertical. The former champ came in at 125, a
pound and a half less than Jackson.
Last night's meeting between Speary and Jackson was
the ninth between the pair, and their second as professionals. The
Reading youngster has yet to beat the former Nanticoke Simon-pure
champion. Billy scored his last win over Jackson in Allentown last