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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review 1912


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"Revel of blows and fierce flushed faces of fighting foes."


This year has seen the dawn of a new era in the history of the Victoria College Boxing Club. Its membership has doubled, and the standard of boxing has improved to such an extent that the Club can now hold its own with any. The most improved boxer is E. Stewart. This talented young boxer early demonstrated his ability by winning the Welter Weight Championship of Otago.

At the Wellington Provincial Championships, Victoria College was represented by Stewart and Dudson. Stewart again upheld the prowess of Victoria College by winning the Light Weight Championship. Dudson, though successful in the preliminary bout, had to acknowledge defeat in the semi-finals of the Welter Weight Championship to J. Murphy (Provincial Champion).

At the New Zealand Amateur Boxing Championships, Victoria College was again represented by Stewart. This time, however, Stewart's right hand, previously sprained in a training-bout, failed him, and in the semi-finals was the cause of his defeat. Had his hand been well, there can be but little doubt that he would have won the Amateur Light Weight Championship of New Zealand, and represented the Dominion at the Australasian Championship. This would have been a well-merited success.

Annual Tournament.

Although last year's tournament took the form of a contest with the Star Boating Club, this year the great improvement in membership and development in boxing, made it possible again to hold a College Tournament. A new departure was made in charging for admittance, but the number of interesting bouts which took place amply justified this. Details of the contest are as follows:—

Open Championship.—Premliminaries.

Dudson v. Jackson.

Jackson boxed himself to a standstill, and Dudson's superior condition won him the fight.

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Brosnan a bye.

Stainton was unable to compete against Brosnan owing to an injured ankle. J. Murphy boxed a very willing bye with Brosnan.


Dudson v. Brosnan.

Brosnan was very tired, and found Dudson very elusive. A terrific upper cut by Brosnan in the third round just failed to "land the goods," and Dudson, finishing strongly, gained the decision.

Light Weight Championship.

Boyle v. Pallant.

Boyle's wicked left swings found their mark, and gained him the victory.

Feather Weight Championship.

Stevenson v. Roe.

Stevenson's experience gained him the verdict after a close struggle, but Roe's hefty left worried him not a little.

Novice Events.

Welter Weight.—Preliminaries.

Yeats v. Foden.

Although Foden ducked cleverly several times, Yeats attacked strongly, and eventually won a closely contested bout.

Sievwright v. Heron.

Sievwright's aggressive tactics won the verdict, but Heron's plucky effort will be long remembered.


Sievwright v. Yeats.

Sievwright's aggressive tactics again proved successful, but Yeats shook him up several times with right swings.

Middle Weight.

Gray v. Cammock.

Gray "came back" successfully, proving too clever for his heavier opponent.

Heavy Weight.

Hall-Jones v. McKenzie.

After a very willing "go," the referee declared the contest a draw.