Tonight, in Mealey's auditorium, the present and
three-time national A.A.U. boxing champion, Bill Speary, of Nanticoke,
will bow himself out of amateur ring society in a bout with Hubert
Samuels, of Philadelphia. In an effort to accommodate all the sports fans
who wish to see the bouts, the Little Stick AA, sponsors of the bouts,
have arranged the seats so as to accommodate 300 additional fans.
Speary was beaten when Hubert Samuels crashed him on the whiskers in
Philadelphia last summer and sent him spinning to the floor a 9 count.
However, Samuels is the only boxer who holds a decision over Speary, which
the champion has not erased by defeating the man who had won over him, in
a subsequent bout. The two contests with Billy Davis in the Allentown Fair
Grounds are an illustration. Davis won the first and no one disputed it,
but in the return bout, the champion won.
When Speary appeared in Allentown with Paul Jackson as his opponent,
two weeks ago, that was to be his final amateur bout. He was then slated
to make his pro debut tonight in Scranton. Since then, the Scranton bout
was set back to next Monday night. When the local sponsors of the amateurs
learned about the postponement, they asked Speary to make one more
"Get us Hubert Samuels of Philadelphia," said Art Thomas,
trainer of Speary, "and we will come to Allentown to box for you.
Samuels is the only blot on Billy's amateur record. All we what is the
chance, but I'm sure that Billy will wipe out that decision too."
Samuels is coming here. A full-fledged featherweight, he will meet
Speary tonight at the featherweight limit, 126 pounds. Billy weighed 126
½ against Jackson two weeks ago. Samuels is confident that he can repeat
the feat of last summer and defeat the champion for the second time.