Virgil Akins, once in-and-outer who has suddenly bloomed in last year, traded bombs with good-hit good-catch Tony DeMarco, decked his man twice in 10th, once in 13th and thrice more in 14th, last time for good (see below) at Boston Garden to win Massachusetts version of vacant "world" welterweight title and throw NBA and practically everybody else who had ranked DeMarco as No. 1 contender into full-scale dither. Chuckled Akins: "I'm the champion and now all those guys who've ducked me can get in line." NBA Executive Secretary Fred Saddy queued up, threatened Massachusetts with expulsion for recognizing match as title fight, named now No 1-rated Isaac Logart, Akins, Vince Martinez and Gil Turner as eligible for elimination tournament. New York Boxing Commissioner Julius Helfand, in capacity as president of World Championship Committee, also called for elimination series, added Australia's George Barnes and Mexico's Gaspar Ortega to list.
Roy Harris, Cut and Shoot schoolteacher whose heavyweight triumphs have almost become part of Texas lore but are regarded somewhat more conservatively elsewhere, returned to action after four-month layoff, bumbled to 10-round victory over oft-beaten Willi Besmanoff before neighborly 5,000 at Houston.
Archie Moore, crafty old light heavyweight champion who has blubbered up to 193 pounds since last title defense, toyed with one Bobby Mitchell for five rounds until referee stopped mismatch, awarded him TKO at Vancouver.
Ellsworth (Spider) Webb, middleweight pride and joy of IBC's Chicago branch, had his hands full with crowding, bustling Willie Vaughn, but his sharper punches earned him 10-round decision in New York.
HONORED—Garner W. (Sec) Taylor, veteran sports editor of Des Moines Register and Tribune: presented with Grantland Rice Memorial Award, for column in which he condemned unsportsmanlike conduct by partisan fans, by Sportsmanship Brotherhood, Inc., in New York (see page 37).
DIED—Charles William Caldwell Jr., 55, squareset, often outspoken but highly respected Princeton football coach since 1945, foremost exponent of single wing in day when T formation was predominant, Coach of Year in 1950: of cancer, at Princeton, N.J. (see page 44).
DIED—James Edward (Ted) Meredith, 64, alltime University of Pennsylvania middle distance great, World War I combat flyer, Olympian, onetime coach; after surgery for broken hip suffered in fall, at Camden, N.J. As floppy-haired 19-year-old Mercersburg Academy schoolboy, Meredith outran storied Mel Sheppard to win 800 meters in world record 1:51.9 in 1912 Olympics at Stockholm, four years later set world marks of 1:52.2 for 880, 47.4 for 440 within space of two weeks.
DIED—Robert Livingston Gerry Sr., 80, retired realtor and investment banker, once prominent polo player, patron of Thoroughbred racing and breeding, for 30 years as master of showplace Aknusti Stud, member of The Jockey Club, brother of former Senator Paul Goelet Gerry, conservative New Deal-fighting Rhode Island Democrat who died few hours earlier brother-in-law of New York's Governor Averell Harriman; after long illness, at Delhi, N Y. His most prominent horses: High Strung, winner of Pimlico and Belmont Futurities and 2-year-old champion in 1928; Peanuts, pint-sized colt who scampered home first in 18 races, set world record (1:48[3/5]) for 1⅛ miles.