• Short Summary

    JOHNNY O'BRIEN OF SCOTLAND BECAME THE NEW COMMONWEALTH FEATHERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION IN ACCRA, CAPITAL OF GHANA, LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) WHEN FLOYD ROBERTSON OF GHANA FAILED TO ANSWER THE BELL FOR THE 13TH ROUND AT THEIR MATCH IN THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM.

  • Description

    JOHNNY O'BRIEN OF SCOTLAND BECAME THE NEW COMMONWEALTH FEATHERWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION IN ACCRA, CAPITAL OF GHANA, LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) WHEN FLOYD ROBERTSON OF GHANA FAILED TO ANSWER THE BELL FOR THE 13TH ROUND AT THEIR MATCH IN THE ACCRA SPORTS STADIUM. THE FIGHT WAS LATER DESCRIBED AS ROBERTSON'S WORST PERFORMANCE IN A LONG AND COLOURFUL BOXING CAREER.

    SOME 15,000 FIGHT FANS PACKED THE STADIUM FOR THE MATCH. AS THE FIGHT GOT UNDER WAY, THE CHALLENGER IMMEDIATELY PROVED THE MORE AGGRESSIVE AND THE CHAMPION SOMETHING OF A SHADOW OF HIS FORMER SELF O'BRIEN LET GO SEVERAL POWERFUL LEFT AND RIGHT BLOWS IN THE FIRST ROUND WITHOUT ROBERTSON MAKING A SINGLE REPLY.

    AS THE FIGHT REACHED THE FIFTH ROUND, THE CHAMPION STILL HAD NOT WARMED UP, ALLOWING O'BRIEN TO FIGHT THE WAY HE LIKED, AND THIS SITUATION CONTINUED INTO THE SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHT ROUNDS. THE CHAMPION'S LOSS OF FORM IS PUT DOWN BY THE REUTER'S COMMENTATOR TO POSSIBLY HIS EFFORTS TO LOSE EXCESS WEIGHT BEFORE THE FIGHT.

    ROBERTSON STARTED TO SHOW SOME GLIMPSES OF HIS CHAMPIONSHIP FORM FROM THE NINTH ROUND DURING WHICH HE SHOOK O'BRIEN WITH HIS FAVOURITE SHARP RIGHT HOOK TO THE HEAD. BUT SOON O'BRIEN WAS BACK ON TOP AGAIN AND THEN, TO THE AMAZEMENT OF THE PACKED STADIUM, ROBERTSON FAILED TO ANSWER THE BELL FOR THE 13TH ROUND. HIS HANDLERS TRIED IN VAIN TO PERSUADE HIM TO CONTINUE, AND THE REFEREE -- COLONEL GEORGE SLATER -- THEREFORE DECLARED O'BRIEN THE WINNER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DJQFTI7E2W5VUOB1STSLLNXH
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DJQFTI7E2W5VUOB1STSLLNXH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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