1924-03-21 Abe Goldstein w pts 15 Joe Lynch, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1924-03-21 Abe Goldstein w pts 15 Joe Lynch, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jack O’Sullivan. In winning the title by a unanimous decision, Goldstein (117) boxed coolly and cleverly against a weight-weakened Lynch (117½), who was forced to take off nearly two pounds on the afternoon of the fight. It was all too much for the listless Lynch as he was outfought all the way, retreating steadily before the jabs and hooks, being on the verge of getting knocked out several times. Clearly at the end of his career, Lynch only won one of his next nine contests before retiring.
On 12 April, it was announced in the Lima News that Goldstein would be defending his title against Clarence Rosen in Detroit, Michigan on 5 May. On the day of the fight, while the Detroit News inferred that Goldstein’s title was on the line against Rosen there was nothing to say it was. Regardless of whether it was or not, the end result was a ten-round press decision in favour of Goldstein.
Another contest, in which it was unclear whether the men made 118lbs or not, saw Goldstein gain a press draw over 12 rounds against Tommy Murray at Bayside Park, Portland, Maine on 20 June. The Portland Evening Express reported that a perfectly good championship opportunity was wasted by Murray in what were back-to-back six-rounders at 118lbs.