South Yorkshire Times March 1, 1935
Another Denaby venture
Lively fare at the drill Hall
There was a disappointing attendance at the first of a series of inter-club bouts to be held in the Drill Hall, Denaby Main, on Friday, when the Conisborough Northcliffe oppose 5th K.O.Y.L.I. (Denaby division).
The spectators had full value for their money. Although the first effort was rather disappointing the promoters intend to stage another program next month.
In a six round novice competition Jack Kelly beat Jim Rose on points there been very little to choose between them.
The bout between C. Swift, K.O.Y.L.I. the divisional champion and L Whitehead which was scheduled for six rounds, was rather disappointing. Swift went down for a count of nine early in the second round and when the gong sounded Whitehead retired.
The spectators were treated to 8 rounds of good fighting by Tommy Kelly, Northcliffe and Cal Botwood K.O.Y.L.I., the later winning on points. Kelly, received more punishment from Bottwood than he has ever received.
Billy Smith, North Cliff, who three years ago gave up boxing owning to ill-health, deputised for Joe Taylor against Chuck Oldfield over 10 rounds. It was a fight between the trained and untrained, and ended by the untrained man winning by a useful margin. Throughout the bout Smith did all the forcing and was constantly dealing out punishment with his left. The spectators warmly applauded Smith when he received the verdict.
A draw over 10 rounds was a fitting result to the bout between Pete Burke, North Cliff and Jack Elks K.O.Y.L.I. Had Elks been more forceful in the opening rounds he would have won with ease. In the sixth round Elks went down for a count of nine and was later saved by the gong. He failed to gain the advantage in the last four rounds.
Ellis Ashurst, the local boxer, was the referee, E Parry, the timekeeper and J. Jones the M.C.