ranked ON EXPERIENCE, SPEED
The number one featherweight contender, Billy Speary of
Nanticoke, Pa., today was rated a 6-to-5 favorite to defeat Pittsburgh
Mike Raffa when they step into the ring tonight at Convention Hall for
10-rounds or less of fighting.
Speary, who sends off punches like offensive, was
accorded an edge in experience in speed but the power which Raffa packs in
his right hand made the Cauliflower Gentry cautious of going overboard for
Billy, whose only defeats is turning pro came in non-title go at Baltimore
against Champion Harry Jeffra.
Both fighters will have heavy stakes in tonight's
bout. Speary risks the more. Raffa has more to gain. The
Nanticoke fighter is in line for shot at Jeffra's crown at Wilkes-Barre
and a defeat at the hands of Raffa would explode his designs on the purple
in his face. Raffa, on the contrary, can scaled the fistic heights
by defeating Speary and thereby winning a place among the top-ranked
battlers in his class.
And put on a more material basis, the victor in
tonight's battle stands to pick up a pretty piece of change by coming back
here in another show at the new sports arena. The glory is
there for the fight, sure, but the doe ri me is there, to.
Both fighters worked out here yesterday and appeared
fit and ready to go. Raffa was pronounced in the best shape of his
career by manager Ray Foutts, who has had his boy working out in New York
under Trainer Ray Arcel. Speary's mouthpiece, Joe Netro, radiated
confidence and regaled the hangers-on at the Elks Club with talk of
Billy's impressive drills.
See Also Speary vs. Raffa