Murphy, Nardico Fight Wednesday: In Ten-Round Main Event at Stadium, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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Murphy, Nardico Fight Wednesday In Ten-Round Main0 Event at Stadium Record of Irish Bob to Earn Him Favorites Role; Dawson, Rowlings Also Go Ten Rounds While it doesnt have the official championship stamp on it, the International Boxing Clubs 10th program of the Stadium indoor season Wednesday night nevertheless is loaded with possible title material. In carding two 10-round events the IBC is attempting to guarantee its cash followers of their moneys worth. And, while this is not the first time Jim Norris and Company have set up a card of this type, it is on paper probably the best offering of its kind thus far. In Irish Bob Murphy, alias Edwin Lee Conarty, and his opponent Danny Nardico i ring patrons are almost certain to see plenty of action. The windup which brings together two local favorites, veteran Freddie Dawson and hopeful Luther Rawlings has been tabbed as a possible upset affair. Last December a Stadium production featured light heavyweight contender Bob Satterfield against Vern Mitchell and pre-fight ballyhoo had it that the former would reach his heights in slaughtering the latter. J As it turned out Satterfield won a bloody ] but rather lifeless decision. t Brotton Stole the Show i Following on that same card the former Mr. Ups and Downs, Johnny Bratton, was billed to make his third local comeback I against Lester Felton, fourth ranking welt- £ a erweight. "The Brat," having just about exhausted the patience of fellow Chicago- ans, was the decided underdog and nobody * expected too much of him that night. As it turned out Johnny stole the show £ by flattening Felton in the third round and l this performance more than anything else started him on the road that led to the * National Boxing Associations welter ■ throne. Getting back to Wednesdays skirmishes, £ all participants passed their pre-fight phy- * sicals to the satisfaction of the Illinois v Athletic Commissions examining physi- c cians and are in the process of winding up I training chores at Issy Kleins Midwest e Gym. Murphy, undoubtedly heavy favorite over * Nardico because of his impressive knockout J record and years of experience, has been ■ going six rounds daily. The southpaw ■ puncher appears in top condition and unmarked following his recent kayo over Cecil a Hudson at Milwaukee last Monday. £ However, his manager, Travis Hatfield, is showing much more concern about Nardi- p cos punching prowess. A loss here would r. be a serious setback to the San Diego Irish- a mans title aspirations, but that doesnt figure to come about. p Port-Sided Bob has thus far stopped 52 C opponents in 62 pro encounters, while los- t ing five times. His list of victims carries ii in such names as Clarence Henry, Dave Whit- F lock, Dick Wagner, Jimmy Beau, Dan Buc- ceroni and many others. F A Lost to Rindone on Foul I Murphy lost to Joe Rindone at Boston two weeks ago on a sixth round foul after h he had Rindone beaten by a respectable s margin. They are tentatively scheduled for h a rematch in the near future, and a good guess is that Bob will erase that black mark n from his record. F Nardico has been trading blows for mon- i It ey for less than two years, and has won p 24 fights, 19 by knockouts, as against four tl defeats and three draws. He first took to the ring in his native Los Angeles and after n seven tussles headed for Florida by way of e Connecticut, where he has campaigned ii in since last summer. a, Danny has been boxing daily with Dick ti Guerrero, Golden Gloves middleweight tl champion, and has impressed onlokers with his speed and sharp left hook. He is very ii confident of beating Murphy, because as he b sees it he can punch just as hard. ii in Says the ex-Marine Corps sargeant, "This f is my big break and you can be sure Ill g take advantage of it and surprise a lot of w people." Dawson has been absent from the Chi- y cago ring for more than a year, successfully w campaigning in Australia. Following his re- n turn to the states he won three of four c bouts in California. A look at his record reveals 77 victories, t nine losses and three draws. Freddie has E stopped 32 opponents and has been kayoed a; twice. Three of these reversals were dealt a by lightweight champion Ike Williams. d Dawson is still considered the leading lv contender for the lightweight throne and must get by Rawlings in sparkling fashion b be to get his fourth shot at the champion. G Among the better maulers he has subdued j 0] a £ p r. a p C t ii in F F A I h s h n F i It p tl n e ii in a, ti tl ii b ii in f g w y w n c t E a; a d lv b be G 0] t are Bernie Docusen, Bobby Lee, Charley * Salas, Tommy Bell and John L. Davis. Freddie has been conditioning for the past few weeks at Eddie Nichols sweat emporium and has given favorable perform- j ances against a battery of sparring mates. 5 Rawlings, in an attempt to reach the t peak of conditioning, has hired veteran | Gene Burton as a sparring partner. Bur- r. ton dropped a 10-round decision to Dawson a 1946, and the advice he has to offer i Rawlings might prove quite helpful. In his last fight, Rawlings decisioned i Ronnie Harper at the Stadium. Prior to that he was inactive as a result of a broken leg incurred in an auto accident. ■ Rawlings turned professional in 1947 and * has since fought 36 times, wining 27, losing ° six and being held to three draws. Nine of ■ his adversaries went by the knockout route. ■ The top preliminary affair Wednesday night matches Chuck Davey and Marlin A Pettis, both welterweights, in a six-rounder. will mark Daveys eighth Stadium ap- e pearance and an opponent has yet to go r the scheduled route against him. o Between fighting and studying for a s masters degree at Michigan State College, Davey has been a busy boy. He is unbeaten . 21 fights, scoring knockouts 18 times, f All this has made Chuck a favorite in Detroits Olympia, Flint, Mich., and here in , the Windy City. b After winning 93 amateur fights and be- F ing declared the outstanding collegiate ° of boxer in the country Davey decided to cash 5 on his ability. To this end he has per- tj formed so well that some quarters are be- p ginning to talk of him in the same breath ■ with the 141 -pound title. J Pettis, a Minneapolis product, is the real youngster on this card, but has done rather * well thus far, winning 13 of 15 fights. His r most notable accomplishment is a knockout over Ralph Alvarez. k In other supporting bouts Charlie Cot-ton, local welter, takes on Bob Rossie of Dubuque, Iowa, in six rounds. Cotton has a appeared on EBC cards several times re- d cently and won all but one match, a de- a cision to Georgie Sherman that drew a r lusty boo from the spectators. ii in The final six-rounder of the evening will r; between Sylvester Perkins and Dave t to Green. Both are local talent and have been L operating as middleweight. J

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