Mexborough and Swinton Times March 6, 1936
Good Bill at Denaby
There were dramatic finales to 2 of the fights at the Drill Hall, Denaby, on Saturday.
Battling Jenkins, of Edlington provided the first. Matched against D#rkie Langford, Pontefract he chased the coloured boy round the ring in the first round. Langford may be a skilful boxer but he had no punch on Saturday. Jenkins, on the contrary had a devastating right that put Langford down for a count of eight. Langford came up for the second round obviously ill at ease. Jenkins, who was punching with the minimum of energy and the maximum of effect shook off Langford’s blows, and waded in with a stiff right that sent the coloured boy sprawling into the ropes. Then a towel floated into the ring to be followed by Langford’s second. For this reason Langford was disqualified and Jenkins won the fight.
They were so unevenly matched that some sort of ending like this was to be expected Jenkins matched against another hard-hitter, however, would provide a bout well worth watching.
One of the finest punches to the body I have ever seen for some time was delivered in the next fight. Jack Elks and Carl Bottwood were matched over 10 rounds. The first two had gone by without much incident, but Bottwood was doing all the pressing. Elks was ducking under these heavy swings by the barest margin. He had scarcely struck a blow himself. Then came his surprise packet of dynamite in the third round. Bottwood guarding his chin, forgot all about his body. And as he came in swinging at Elks jaw, he took a right to the solar plexus that folded him up like a jack-knife. Came the gong at five, and saved him for another round. But Bottwood had had all the sting taken out of him by the vicious blow, and the towel came in during the next interval. It was announced on Bottwood’s behalf that he had had his hand injured in the pit that morning, and had attempted to make a fight of it in spite of the injury.
There was a moderately interesting fight over six rounds between young Hartley, Denaby, and George Day, Conisborough. Hartley was the more forcible, but Day put up a competent defence, and got under Hartley’s. Hartley had plenty of power behind his punch, but it would have had more effective combined with a better sense of direction. Day, who was battling against disadvantage of reach and height, did well to force a draw.
The concluding fight of the bill, Tommy Kelly, Conisborough, versus A. Moffat, Edlington, and eight rounder, resulted in a win on points for Moffat. Kelly did all the leading, but then Kelly did all the missing. Moffat, except for an occasional punch at close quarters, fought a purely defensive battle. Kelly was wild with most of his punches, but he showed promise, and once he has checked his rather impetuous style, he should be quite useful.
Mr J. H. White, Mexborough, was the referee, and Mr J. E. Jones, timekeeper.