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Caultaux Sees Stars But Fails To Lift The Crown

T&E middle-weight boxing crown of New Zealand which Cliff Hanhdm has worn—or hidden—for a number of years is still in his possession. Battling Vic. Caltaux, who was expected to stretch the lanky form (6ft and half an-inch) of the Waimate farmer on the canvas and then lift the emblem from his sleeping adversary saw, last night at the Town Hall, only some of the stars in the tiara. .. .

He saw-them subconsciously while he—not Hanham —lay prone on his back in the fourteenth round of a fifteen-round battle—we say battle in a purely metaphorical sense. Apart from that round, when the stocky Aucklander had been dramatically knocked down with a right cross, the fight was only a skirmish. At a great physical disadvantage because he was outranged, Caltaux had endeavoured to penetrate the jabbing left of his opponent, allowing it to flick a tattoo in his face in the hope that-he might land- his block-busting right swing. He certainly had a measure of success fcr the-first five rounds with a few right swings to the head and punches, which brought up a red patch on Hanham's ribs. But from the half-way mark Hanham had mastered this aggression and was evening up the points. '

When he felled Caltaux with one of the few right-hand punches he let loose in the whole fight, and the Aucklander took the count of nine, the tide had turned. Some of the count was made with Caltaux on his back, the rest while he was in a sitting position. He rose at nine, groggy, and it looked all over. Though Hanham attacked him with both hands and scored to the head freely, Caltaux took it and recovered, to beat off his opponent with wild right swings. Then he pushed him to the mat. In the final round Caltaux spurned left after left to the face—all points-scoring blows —in a vain endeavour to .land a decisive blow. And yet he was closer to lifting the title than the crowd which paid an overcharge and packed the house realised. One of the judges, veteran George Bush, gave him the verdict. The other, Phil Seabrook, summed up for Hanham. Referee Eric Armishaw, with the decision in his hands, called if a draw. The popular verdict was that Mr. Seabrook was the only one of the three who was - correct. Hanham's Body Punched At the weigh-in at 5 p.m. Caltaux made 11.0, fully half a stone heavier than his usual fighting weight, and was 21b lighter than Hanham. Caltaux was the aggressor from the start and concentrated on body punches, with Hanham moving away continually and making no attempt to do any leading. The Aucklander unloosed his right occasionally and it landed near Hanham's ear or on the side of his neck without disturbing the title-

holder. The body punches, however, road* Hanham flinch. At the end of the fourth round Hanham clipped the aggressor with a left to the head and sent him back.

It was a tame contest and a spectator in the circle called: "Come on, go mad, Vic." •

It was not until the sixth round that Hanham made any attempt at retaliation. He took a left to the head in the seventh and was pushed through the ropes. After whirling around the back of his opponent in a clinch Caltaux let loose a. right swing, which missed, and 'again Hanharfi went through the ropes. ,; The Aucklander's blows had now left ja mark on Hanham's body. I In the ninth : round Hanham used both hands for the first time.and from this stage commenced to even up. the points ;by probing Caltaux's face with his left. ! The Aucklander let up on his body ■attack and kept pushing His left harmlessly to Hanham's head. ' It was a drab eleventh round and Hanham won the next two.

Then came the only fighting round, to date. It was dramatic surprice when Caltaux was felled ■ and though it looked as' if he would be knocked down again after the count he hung on and weathered the storm with a desperate defence. . . Visitors Among Amateur? interest was lent to the amateur bouts by the participation of a number of Glen Afton lads. The results were:—A. Dickens, 5.9, beat T. Hunt (Glen Afton), 5.1, on points; E. Gardner (Glen Afton), 8.4, drew with R. Callender, 5.9; J. Delleway (Glen Afton), 9.5, beat V. Gurnmer, 9.0, on points; S. McLeod, 11.4, beat A. Boyd (Glen Afton), 10.10, on a technical knockout in the first round; W. Woolsey, 10.2, beat R. Mayne, 10.4, on points; L. Rodger, 9.4. beat E. Hakason, 9.8, on points; G. Thompson (Glen Afton), drew with J. Boreham, 9.7; D. Godward, 9.13, beat L. Cruickshank (Glen Afton), on points.

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Caultaux Sees Stars But Fails To Lift The Crown, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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Caultaux Sees Stars But Fails To Lift The Crown Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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