• Short Summary

    Before a crowd of 10,000 people in the Palais de Sports in Brussels on May 27, Freddie Gilroy, 15-year-old Belfast southpaw, failed in his bid to win back the European championship, when he retired in the ninth round of a hard hitting contest against Pierre Cossemyns, a 30-year-old Belgian taxi proprietor.

  • Description

    Before a crowd of 10,000 people in the Palais de Sports in Brussels on May 27, Freddie Gilroy, 15-year-old Belfast southpaw, failed in his bid to win back the European championship, when he retired in the ninth round of a hard hitting contest against Pierre Cossemyns, a 30-year-old Belgian taxi proprietor.

    Round Two saw the Belgian go down under the fast punching that marked the fight. Gilroy, the British and Empire Bantamweight champion boxed like a man who nearly won the world title eight months ago.

    But two rounds later the onslaught came from Cossemyns. Gilroy was floored three times - once striking his head hard against the canvas.

    In round eight Gilroy was again knocked down for three long counts and was on the canvas as the bell rang. Few heard the bell as the crowd, cheering and shouting, thought the contest was over.

    The end came almost as soon as round nine began. Gilroy was rushed rather than punched to the floor. As he groped for the ropes the white towel fluttered into the ring.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVALHWW9OLRA42141VXTAWJNO4L
    Media URN:
    VLVALHWW9OLRA42141VXTAWJNO4L
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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