Andrews to Battle Nardico Tonight: Is Slight Favorite in Stadium Scrap, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-23


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3 - : . -I I . , . ■ T— — "T" — — — — — — — — — — — ■— ——m — — _ Andrews to Battle Nardico Tonight Is Slight Favorite In Stadium Scrap Light-Heavyweights Display Talents in TV Ten Rounder; Thomas, HoImanTrade Blows Its a test for two and a future for one when Paul Andrews, 24-year-old clever Buffalo, N. Y., light-heavyweight, clashes with the experienced Danny Nardico, the hard slugging 175 pounder from Tampa, Fla., in the 10-round main event in the Chicago Stadium this evening. Making his first start since losing a 10 round bout to the high ranking" Harold Johnson last March 17 in the Chicago Stadium, Andrews will be out to make a strong bid for new laurels in the light heavyweight division. Currently rated as the sixth ranking 175 pounder in the world, Andrews hopes that a victory over the experienced Nardico will catapult him to the No. 1 spot in the national ratings. Paul, managed by Marshall Miles, former pilot of Joe Louis, will enter the ring with a record of 26 fights, losing three, and winning 23. In his bout here with Harold Johnson, Andrews gave definite proof that he can punch as well as box. He knocked Johnson down for an eight count in the second round, but let Johnson get away from him. Paul has already been tabbed as one of the brightest young prospects in the ring today, and in the words of the Brown Bomber himself, Joe Louis, who says, "Andrews cant miss the grade. He can punch, and is an excellent boxer." Andrews rules a slight favorite, for the scrap which will be televised nationally at 9:00 p. m. CDT. I Could Be Deciding Fight For Danny Nardico, this cbuld! very well be the deciding fight of his career. Just six months ago, Danny was a feared fighter in the light-heavyweight ranks, flooring Joey Maxim, and stopping Jake LaMotta. The Tampa Terror then decided to invade the heavyweight ranks, which was a fatal take. He suffered two losses at the hands of Charlie Norkus, and was convinced that ; he was stepping out of his class in fighting as a heavyweight. So tonight, Nardico turns to the light-heavyweight ranks, fully aware of the fact that a loss .can spell livion to his future fighting days. A. dangerous right hand puncher, Danny is still one of the very few fighters gifted with the punch and ability of being able to take an opponent out with a single blow. • t The ex-Marine, and. hero of the Pacific with two Purple Hearts and a Silvar Star to his credit, will climb through the ropes to face. Andrews tonight with a record of 64 fights, winning 48, losing 12 and boxing four draws. As further evidence of his punching prowess, Danny has scored 34 knockouts. At ringside tonight will be his stablemate, Willie Pep, the former featherweight champion of the world, and one of the greatest fighters of our time. * The eight-round semi-windup will pit Benny Thomas of Chicago against Johhny Holman also of Chicago, in a heavyweight encounter that promises plenty of glove action. The first bout starts at 8:30 p. m. Tonights card: . Nardico vs. Andrews, 10 rounds, 175 pounds. Thomas vs. Holman, eight rounds, heavyweights. Leudansky vs. Elby, six rounds, 165 pounds. Kawala x vs. Weber, six rounds, 128 pounds. Anderson vs. Guerroro, four rounds, 162 pounds.

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