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.
GV Start round 1 (Gilroy's corner left of screen) with both men fenceing.
SV Round 2 - Cossemyns down for short count - up and Gilroy pinning to ropes- Cossemyns down on one knee - immediately up and put down by Gilroy for another short count.
SV Gilroy on canvas for count of five - Cossemyns attacks and Gilroy for count three - Gilroy knocked on ropes - up at seven - left from Cossemyns sends him down for no count drop - close in-fighting with Gilroy receiving punishment on ropes - from ropes to trade punches with Cossemyns.
CU Second raises hand.
SV Gilroy on mat - refuse counts during bell - Cossemyns moves to lift Gilroy - ordered away by refuse.
CU Section of crowd.
SV Ninth round-Gilroy counted out-Cossemyns surrounded by exuberant seconds.
SV Cossemyns shoulder high.
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Background: 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.