Palm Island floors Townsville in fight
six- round contest between Bob Fisher, 10 6 ( Ayr) and Keith Walsh, 10 6 ( Palm Island).
Walsh, a clever, cool, twohanded fighter, took the Ayr boy by storm in the first two rounds and it looked a foregone conclusion, but Fisher, although he lost the opening session by a street, kept his guard up in the second and began to play for the lead.
Walsh, thinking he had a chance to ease up in the third, was taken by surprise when Fisher took the fight to him, driving in the left continuously and countering any attempt to rob him of the offensive by telling rights to the head.
The fourth found Walsh warming up to it again, only to be thrown back on the defensive by Fisher’s punching.
Fisher took the fifth by clean, two- handed fighting and scored frequently with both hands in the sixth. It was a clever fight and Fisher earned the decision in his favour.
Albert Geia, 11 2 ½ , put paid to the account of Nick Kriticos, 10 8. The Palm Island boy was fast, with a good defence, and from the outset stood over his man and gave Kriticos few opportunities to use his pistonlike straight left.
The crowd did not favour the decision in favour of Reg Downs, 8 6 ( Townsville) against Jack Shepherd, Palm Island, 8 7, but the judges were not to be criticised.
Peter Brown, 9 8 ( Townsville) also fought a forlorn fight against Micky Miller, 10 1 ( PI). Miller was too big and too strong and had power in his punches.
Claude Sibley, 9 4 ( PI) won from Coyne Ferguson, 9 5 ( Townsville) over the four rounds’ course, but in another two rounds Ferguson would probably have won.
Greg Barry, 10 10 ( PI), a tall, rangy type with an awkward weaving stance, began confidently against Duncan Bergin, 10 13, from the local gym, but Bergin, an honest old fighting veteran, bored in and gave his man plenty of punishment, resulting in the fight being stopped at after round two.
• Townsville Daily Bulletin, April 5, 1939.