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MAIN do­mes­tic re­port of the week was the Royal Al­bert Hall show that saw Chris Pyatt be­come Euro­pean su­per-wel­ter­weight (or light-mid­dleweight as it was known back then) cham­pion with a 97-sec­ond de­struc­tion of John van El­teren.

Le­ices­ter’s Pyatt had been set to chal­lenge Said Sk­ouma for the crown in Rome a cou­ple of weeks later, but the tough French­man va­cated and in came 13-1-1 Van El­teren, a much eas­ier op­po­nent. In­deed, Ed­i­tor Harry Mullan was so unim­pressed by the Dutch­man that he opined, “It is doubt­ful whether there has ever been a less qual­i­fied con­tender”.

Pyatt dropped him with his “first sig­nif­i­cant punch”, a long right to the head, and cut him on the left eye be­fore forc­ing a stand­ing count and fi­nally flooring him with a wide left hook.

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