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Consistently beating his opponent to the punch and taking the aggression practically throughout, Percy Kelly, of Auckland, out-pointed Alf McMullan, of Wellington, in the principal of two professional boxing contests staged last night in the Town Hall, Kelly wpn.,'seven of the ten rounds by a comfortable marsin, the remaining three, being :an even break. It was, .a fast, bright encounter, featuring good sportsmanship on the part of both lads. ' In the other professional attraction, Eric O'Neill, Auckland, beat Joiinny Kitchen, Auckland, on points after six. rounds of hurly-burly boxing. There was almost a complete absence of science, the two contestants slogging their way through the match in a riproaring fashion which pleased the majority of the comfortably filled house.

The amateur preliminaries were again of a high standard. The Aucklander, Doug. God ward, further enhanced his reputation by scoring well in a threeround bout with Les Domney, a wellperformed Hutt Valley boxer. Cleaner punching carried Godward to success after a lively bout. Very fast on his feet, McMullan looked impressive over the early rounds of his bout with Kelly, but the Aucklander was just beating him to the punch and was piling up points by persistent aggression. McMullan relied almost solely on A whip-like straight left as a mode of attack, but he found the cleverly weaving Kelly a difficult target to nail. After three rounds of smart boxing without any damage being done to either boxer, Ke'lly connected with a hard right Jab to McMullan's face in the fourth which sent the southern lad reeling almost through the ropes. It was the first telling blow of the fight. Kelly scored freely until the seventh round, when McMullan varied his tactics. Fought to Standstill After a bright interlude in which McMullan opened out with both hands, his head collided with Keily's left eye, opening up a nasty gash. McMullan, however, ould not follow up his advantage and telly weathered the storm to make the round even on points. The pair boxed cautiously over the next two rounds and when they came out for the final it was obvious that McMullan would have to knock out his opponent to win. As matters went, however, Kelly, in spite of the fact that blood was streaming from his cut eye, again dominated the round and he sent McMullan rocking back on his heels with a stinging right cross. The verdict, which went to Kelly, met with the approval of the crowd. Mr. E. Armishaw was the referee and Messrs. S. E. Burke and G. Bush were the . judges. Kelly weighed 9.10 and his opponent 9.9 J. Though It was-, completely devoid of anything in the way of scientific boxing, the middle-weight contest between Kitchen and O'Neill was an obvious crowd pleaser. Honours fluctuated throughout the six rounds, both lads practically fighting themselves to a standstill. There was actually little between them at the finish, but O'Neill merited the verdict chiefly by virtue of the fact' that his punches were cleaner than his and his aggression over the last two rounds brought him a winning margin of points. Both lads were gamenesK personified and both rallied splendidly after being in a bad way several times. O'Neill weighed 11.5 and Kitchen 11.6. Mr. H. W. Brien was the referee and Messrs. J. H. Keenan and P. Seabrook were the judges. >Amnteur Preliminaries J. O'Sullivan, 8.0, beat R. Gallagher, 8.1, on points after a willing bout. C. Keith, 8,8, drew with N. McCarthy, 8.4. Keith threw cleaner punches and had a bette defence. He may have been unlucky not to get the verdict. J.-Borehahi, 9.8, beat S. McCowan, 9.8, on points. It was a firstrate bout between two well-matched boxers. The verdict did not meet with the approval of a large section of the crowd, but there appeared little doubt that Boreham had won. Two vigorous Maori boxers. J. Hapeta, 13.12, and L. Tuhenga, 13.7. fought a willing draw. What they lacked in science they more than made up for by willingness ami aggression. B. C. Crawley, 7.7, beat J. Willis. 7.61, on points after a keen bout between two good boys. At 9.13 D. Wnward held a one pound advantage over L Domney, Hutt Valley. Godward was thp qtronirer fighter, and his punches wire Ser and connected more frequently than did Domney's. The WeiU Etonian was down for counts of eight and nine in the second round. <>°<*™ amateur bouts.

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TWO GASH FIGHTS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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TWO GASH FIGHTS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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