Devlin, Speary, Davis Win Bouts before Capacity Audience
Professional boxing made its comeback in the Lehigh Valley at Allentown, Monday night, and a capacity attendance turned out to witness the bouts at Mealey's auditorium.
The show presented was pleasing with one exception, and that was in the main event, when Danny Devlin, Allentown middleweight, was awarded a very unpopular decision over Johnny Carter, Philadelphia colored boy and Middle Atlantic A.A.U. champion who recently turned professional.
The entire card was studded with former amateur battlers who recently join the money ranks. Bill Speary, one of the outstanding amateurs in the country, punched out of six-round decision over Paul Jackson, Reading colored boy, and the unanimous verdict in favor of the Nanticoke battler was favorably received.
Throwing punches from any and all angles, Billy Davis, Minersville lightweight, swarmed
over Ace Armand all through the first round, and then knocked him out in the second round of their scheduled 6-round out.
Dropped for a count of 6 in the first round, Choo Choo Derr, Allentown welterweight, making his first professional start, came back to win a four-round decision over Jim Taylor, Pottsville colored boy.
Two hard smashes to the pit of the stomach were too much for Joe Swatkowski, of Reading, who was stopped in the first round by Calloway Clay, Allentown colored battler.
In the opening four-round bout, Billy Longo, at Allentown and Billy Kunkle, of Tamaqua, battled to a draw decision. Longo dropped Kunkle in the third for no count, but the boy from the anthracite district came back to finish strong.
Jack Saurino, of this city, was the referee, and Billy Logan, of Allentown, and Dan Gruver, of Emmaus, were the judges.