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Maguire loses title - calls it a day

The Ring magazine, 1977
by Ron Oliver
National Sporting Club, London

Johnny Owen, Merthyr, brought the British bantam title back to Wales for the first time for 64 years when he beat the holder Paddy Maguire, Belfast,  the referee intervening in the eleventh round with the latter cut on the right eyebrow. But by then Owen was well on top, and it was afterwards stated that Maguire's corner would have retired him anyway at the end of the round. And Paddy himself took to the ring mike to announce to the patrons that he was now retiring from the ring.

In a career of 35 fights Maguire has twice boxed for the European crown and once for the Commonwealth title, as well as holding the British championship. He is now 29, and has made a fine contribution to the sport. The 21-year-old Owen, who now has had only ten fights, gave a competent performance, counterpunched to good effect, and Maguire was met with rights to the face whenever he came forward. Maguire incurred warnings for misuse of the head, punching low and with the heel of the glove. Owen too was cut over the right eye, but made light of his handicap, and afterwards was only too eager to pay tribute to his opponent.

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British champ successfully defends title

The Ring magazine, June 1978
by Ron Oliver
Club Double Diamond, Caerphilly, Wales

British bantam champ Johnny Owen, had no difficulty in disposing of  Davey Larmour, Belfast, the bout being stopped in the seventh of a scheduled ten. At that point, Larmour was cut near the right eye, had a swelling under the left eye, and bled from the nose. To his credit, he had remained upright throughout, but he was taking too much punishment.

Owen gradually increased the tempo, and the longer it went the more effective he got. Larmour tried his best to stem the tide, but it was to no avail. The champ just went from strength to strength and at the end of the sixth the referee went to Larmour's corner, presumably to check out Davey's condition. However, the Irishman came up for the seventh, his face now showing the signs of Owen's accurate two-handed punching. As the round reached the halfway stage, Larmour was no longer fighting back, and the referee intervened.

Owen, known as "stringbean" because he is tall and thin, was in good form, and has now been accepted as the leading contender for the European and Commonwealth titles.


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