Camden Courier-Post – September 12, 1928
Hard-Hitting Middleweights Meet in Prelim to Forgione-McGorgary Bout Tuesday
Successful so far in a comeback campaign launched recently, Joe Bashara, hard-hitting middleweight from Baltimore, will stack up against a tough customer in one of the preliminary bouts at the all-star show arranged by the Matthew Purnell Post 518, Veterans of Foreign Wars, at the Camden Convention Hall next Tuesday.
Bashara opposes Tip Gorman, Camden’s fighting cop himself in the midst of a comeback.
The Marylander was brought to Philadelphia by “Boo Boo” Hoff two years ago and he became one of the most popular club fighters then performing in this section.
He was inactive for some <illegible> but he has started fighting again and hopes to reach former heights.
Gorman, after a string of victories up North Jersey, gained favor here with triumphs over Watson Finch and Tony Gildo. He then joined the police force and retired temporarily. Now he is back in harness again and rarin’ to go.
There should be plenty of actions when the hard-hitting Tip tackles the tough Bashara.
The windup Tuesday brings together Vincent Forgione, Atlantic City speedster who is also a member of the Hoff stable, and Babe McGorgary, the rugged Oklahoma cowboy. McGorgary is a slugger but Forgione is a better boxer and hits hard, besides.
The semi-windup presents two South Jersey Italians who rank among the leading lightweights in the state, Roxie Allen, fresh from a victory over Mickey Blair and a draw with Emery Cabana, opposes Tommy “Kid” Murphy, the Trenton flash.
Two terrific punchers mingle in the main preliminary. Al Gordon, Hoff’s southpaw lightweight, fights Jesse Goss, Trenton colored sensation. Goss is the boy who ended Jackie Hindle‘s career with a knockout victory, during which he almost blinded the Camdenite.
Jess. also boasts a win over Murphy. It was after this bout that Murphy attacked a Trenton sports writer and was suspended by Commissioner Bugbee. He has been restored to good graces since.
The opening bout on the program shows Leon Lucas, former amateur champion, who fought in the recent Olympics, making his professional debut. The Camden heavyweight meets Mushy Brown, formerly of Chicago, who has been under the care of the veteran Adam Ryan. Ryan thinks he has a comer in the 180-pound Brown and Lucas is sure to be tested in his pro start.
In addition to these five star bouts, a novice scrap will be staged between Jimmy Russell, of Beverly, and George Jackson, of Camden.