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IN FINAL ROUND O'NEILL'S FORM IMPROVES .Scotty McLeod's blockbuster to explode on Eric- O'Neill last night, in spite . of , the- almost universal expectation ■ of his professional debut being marked with the defeat of his opponent within a couple of stanzas.. On the form that O'Neill showed in his scrambling bout with Johnny Kitchen this would have been 'quite probable; but the vastly improved form In boxing and fighting shown by : O'Neill made any hope of a short ending to the fight a forlorn one. At 11.7 O'Neill had the advantage of weight, reach, height and speed. These armaments, offset only by Scotty McLeod's heavy swings, were such that only a k.o. would have nullified them. Though on one or two occasions McLeod landed his hopeful right swing on O'Neill's head and jaw, there never was much of a show of a knock out bv the earnest McLeod. Opening the fight with heavy left and right swings, a lot of them in the nearmiss' class, McLeod was obviously infected with the idea that his right hand was going to win the battle in short order. O'Neill met him half-way with sharp, short left hooks to the head. In close McLeod was at a disadvantage O'Neill using his strength and superior weight, to advantage here, • • . In the third round, following a bout of hard punching, McLeod flogged O'Neill to the ropes and attempted to get through his smother with short, heavy punches. O'Neill's experience beat him here; and he counter attacked from the ropes with half a dozen left hooks, and a couple of heavy right swings. At the bell McLeod nearly threw himself off his feet with a missed right swing. ■, " . Forcing the fight, stalking McLeod and beating his right swing with long left hooks, O'Neill's advantages in height, weight, strength and experience proved too great a handicap for the smaller and desperately-swinging McLeod. In spite, of this McLeod tried a series of spasmodic rushes, hurling his swings before him and causing the crowd to whoop in anticipation of their landing in the target area. But they didn't. McLeod's big chance came half-way through the fifth round, when he pinned O'Neill on the ropes and belted a heavy right to the solar plexus, spilling him through the ropes. Quickly recovering, O'Neill came back with long, hard left hooks—he couldn't miss with these, as McLeod had abandoned all pretence of defence since stanza two, and was pinning his hopes on a desperate right hand. A vicious right cross tumbled the squat McLeod to the canvas, sick and dazed, Where he look a count of "9." Full of confidence, but fighting cannily. O'Neill made dead certain of the bays in the sixth, and final round by a strong attack with left hooks to McLeod s open jaw, and heavy right swings to the smaller fighter's body and head. McLeod was thoroughly outclassed, and referee Armlshaw did the right thing in halting the one-sided fight and declaring: O N«sill winner. O'Neill's form was a marked improvement on his first appearance a few W The amateur programme, though not quite up to its usual standard, provided plenty of fighting entertainment. The results were: C. Boulton \t>oyf town? 6 5 beat L. Davis (Chatham), 8.5. in a spirited fight; R DearJ (Scotty Smith) 5.2. beat P. Bailey (Boystown),s.6,.after three willing rounds: M. Johns (fapa Lura). 5.10. beat N. Hamilton (Factory), fil- N Rvall (Boystown). 8.10, beat S. HarrKs'(Scotty Smith), 8.11, by a t.k.o. in round two; L. Armstrong (Boystown). 10 9 beat M. Heremai (Gordons), 11.0,.in a rousing fight; W Porrltt (Alll Golds) M. beat L. Foster (Auckland Gym), 9.6J, A. far wis r«^S IS th« breakaway; V. Crawley (Pysters), 7 8 beat T Smith (Scotty Smith), on nolnts- G Mcßae (Boystown), 9.8 J. beat O Marshall (Fraei), 9:3: C. Hayes (BoysPownL 8.6 beat J. O'Sullivan (Gordon.), in a brisk encounter; S Langatu e. 1.3 Golds 1 )- YoW£: M.yn?-<Wers ?0.41: J. Boreham (Facoory), 9.9, beat W Breeze (Fire Brigade), 9.5, on a t.k.o. in the second round.

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McLEOD STOPPED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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McLEOD STOPPED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945