Amateur boxers from seven European countries competed in the finals of the George Wimpey Multi-Nations tournament at Wembley Arena in London on Friday (24 October).
SV INTERIOR Wembley Arena: Final minutes of welterweight bout between Frank Nolan (Canada), in white vest and Ernest Mueller (W. Germany). Mueller doing most of attacking. Bell ends fight, boxers to corners.
SV Referee raised Mueller's arms as crowd applaud. (2 SHOTS)
SV Final moments of heavyweight bout between Viacheslav Jakovlev (USSR) (No. 44 in all-red strip) and Gyva Alvics (Hungary). Referee steps in the caution alvics for shoulder butting, Taller Russian doing most of leading, though Alvics lands right to jaw right on the bell.
CU & SV Crowd watching as referee raises Jakovlev's arm, fighters embrace. (2 SHOTS)
SPORT: AMATEUR BOXING
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Background: Amateur boxers from seven European countries competed in the finals of the George Wimpey Multi-Nations tournament at Wembley Arena in London on Friday (24 October). The tournament was part of the centenary celebrations of the British Amateur Boxing Association. The Wimpey construction firm had contributed GBP 75,000 Sterling (82-thousand US dollars) towards the centenary.
SYNOPSIS: The final minute of the welterweight final between Frank Nolan of Canada, and Ernst Mueller of West Germany. Nolan is in the white vest. The German, with his strong aggressive style was favoured to take the gold medal. He had beaten a talented fighter, Bobby Stevens, of England, to reach the final. Mueller relied on his physical strength and stamina to stay on the attack, stalking his man relentlessly.
Mueller, at twenty-six, is six years older than the Canadian, and carrying far too much experience. He's been beaten only twenty-three times in more than two hundred and fifty bouts, has won the German title for the past five years, and is expected to retain it in their championships next month. He paced himself sensibly, giving Nolan to chance to come back at him with counter-attacks.
The expected result -- a win for Mueller to add to the European Championship he won last year.
On to the last round of the heavyweight final between Viacheslav Jakovlev, of the Soviet Union, and Gyva Alvics of Hungary. Jakovlev, in the all-red strip. was a strong favourite in this battle between a pair of twenty-year-olds. The referee intervened with a flourish to warn Alvics about butting with his shoulder in the clinches. The warning was a setback that the Hungarian champion could not afford; his opponent had already built up a lead with his bustling and assertive style. but the Hungarian had the satisfaction of landing a solid right to the jaws the bell sounded.
Ringside patrons had their expertise justified when Jakovlev got a points decision.