Boxing at Denaby

19 May 1930

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Monday 19 May 1930

Boxing at Denaby

Mr W Bridgwater, the well-known boxing promoter, staged the first full series of open-air boxing programme on the Denaby United Football Ground on Saturday, and the venture was a great success

The chief contest was a return match between K.O. Billy Yates (Mexborough) and Steve Firman (Swinton), whom he beat in the eighth round a few months ago. The contest went the ten rounds, and a very fast pace was maintained. Yates had the better of the opening rounds, but Firman, whose eye was cut in round three, later showed improvement, and in the closing stages there was very little between them. The points Yates had obtained early decided the issue.

Harry Crossley, the light-heavy weight champion, boxed an exhibition with Kelly Wilson, of Bridlington, a promising 21 years old heavyweight.

Fred Fox (Sheffield) beat Hal Starkey (Stainforth) on points over ten rounds.

In a six rounds heavy-weight contest, Fred Cornwell (Parkgate) beat Joe Dempsey (Lincoln).

Tush Hill (Conisborough) was too good for Harrv Jackson (Mexborough), and Jackson’s seconds flung in the towel before the end of the third round.

Jack Gregory (Denaby) won in the first of a six rounds contest, the seconds of Young Dennis (Sheffield) throwing in the towel.

No-decision bouts were boxed by F. Dainty (Denaby) and J. Clarkson (Rotherham); Bernard Hogarth (Goldthorpe) and George Foster (Maltby); and H. Sharples (Denaby) and W, Darkes (Kilnhurst). In the last bout Darkes was knocked out.

The referee was Mr. Tom Gummer, and the timekeeper was Mr. Joe Molloy, B. B.B.C.