Fistmen in Dallas, Texas, Ring
Nanticoke's five outstanding amateur boxers will
compete in the Pan-American tournament at Dallas, Texas, on August
first, according to the announcement of their trainer, Art Thomas,
Those to enter the competition are Billy Speary,
national flyweight King; Joe Kelly, national lightweight champion;
Freddy Lewis, runner-up in the nationals with Mal Lewis, his brother and
Dick Powell, also runners-up in the national competition.
The achievements of the Nanticoke team are the
greatest in amateur ring history. At no previous time has a single
locality the size of this coal mining community produced such an
outstanding crop of leather pushers.
The team has been in competition only two years, yet
in every major ring event since the beginning they have shown an
advantage even gaining the finals of the Eastern sub-novice championship
in their maiden effort.
The Nanticokers have been invited to Texas as part of
the U.S. team which will engage Pan-American champions.