Two Famous Boxers Retire

Two Famous Boxers Retire

East End Men Who Gained Big Honours

Johnny McMillan and Jim Maharg Make Decision

The time to hang up the gloves has been reached by two noted East End boxers, Johnny McMillan, Calton, and Jim Maharg, Mile- end, who on Tuesday night announced that they had made their last appearance as contestants in the square ring.

At The Same Time

The intimation was made by the two men from the same ring, the Parkhead Arena, after they had taken part in different fights in which both made grand exits.

McMillan beaten after a hard fight, and Maharg the winner, having defeated Garry Roche,Wexford In his third attempt to regain his former title as Scottish feather weight champion, McMillan was beaten by Frank McCudden in the thirteenth round of the final eliminating  contest.

The fight itself was the grim story of the clever old hand and vigorous youth, with youth only winning towards the end by reason of the ability to take it and keep going.

In the first few rounds the exchanges were fairly even, but the craft of McMillan could not stem the eager attacks of his opponent.

Although almost knocked out in the sixth round, Johnny recovered and at the half distance was leading by a slight margin.

In the ninth round the beginning of the end was seen, and in round thirteen, after McMillan had been down for three counts, the referee intervened to declare McCudden the winner. McMillan was ten years older than his conqueror.

Ten years ago Johnny, then a champion went to America for further honours. A few years ago he returned, and again reached the top and at one time fought for the British featherweight championship.

It was the hardest of luck that a few days before the fight, with Sailor Watson, actually when he had completed his heavy training, he fell while riding and injured his arm so badly that he could not give his best.

Trained by Mr. G. Aitchison, of Dalmarnock, Johnny also lives him in Bridgeton. His intrest in boxing will continue, as he is a good trade unionist, the Glasgow secretary of the National Union of Boxers.

He has also shares in a East End business.

Jim Maharg is former flyweight and bantamweight champion of Scotland, and is known as one of the finest gentlemen of the Scottish ring.

When he became a professional Jim was an apprentice bricklayer, but even when reaching the heights in his career he remained modest and unassuming and refused to cease serving his time.

Up At Dennistoun

Jim’s folk reside in Wesleyan Street, but since his recent marriage he has lived in Duke Street Dennistoun.

Taken from Eastern Standard


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