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Rushden Echo, 16th November 1928, transcribed by Kay Collins

Boxing Tournament at Rushden

The Convalescent, The Crippled, and the Blind

Most worthy objects—the Clubs’ Convalescent Homes and Rushden Blind and Crippled Children Fund—will benefit from the proceeds of a boxing tournament held at the Windmill Hall, Rushden, on Monday evening. The hall was well filled, and all seemed to thoroughly appreciate the fare provided. The raised “ring” had been erected in fairly central position, so that all had a good view. The affair was promoted by Mr. Con Wilson, and he received great assistance from members of the Windmill Club committee and the committee of the Rushden Clubs’ Blind and Crippled Children Association. Mr. A. Longland, of Rushden, was timekeeper, and the referee was Mr. Len Oldfield, the popular Yorkshire bantam-weight.

The well-known Solly Salisbury, of Irchester, was to have taken part in the third item on the programme, and eight-rounds contests with Mick Page, of Northampton. Solly was unable to appear, and his place was taken by another well-known and popular local boxer, Arthur Boddington, of Wollaston. Boddington was considerably lighter than his opponent, but he put a wonderful show and gave his opponent a gruelling time. The verdict was in Boddington’s favour, but he received a terrific hit near the end of the last round, and the bell undoubtedly saved him from a knock-out.

What should have been the titbit of the evening was

Almost a Farce

Fred Ash, of Northampton was in opposition to Antone Francisco, feather-weight champion of Italy. Ash adopted forcing tactics from the start and met feeble resistance. The Italian was down three times in the second round and the referee stopped the contest, awarding the verdict to Ash.

The light-weight novice competition caused heaps of fun, and at times some clever boxing was shown. Ben Johnson, of Rushden, although on the short side, made up for his lack of inches by his vigorous bursts and powerful hitting. He was a popular winner. He won his first heat on points, the semi-final with a knock-out, and the final on points. Dean, of Irchester, won the runner-up medal, and he gave a very game display throughout.

During the proceedings Mr. A. E. Haddon, president of the Rushden Blind and Crippled Children Association, thanked the promoters, assistants, and boxers for their work, and the audience for their patronage.

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