1926-06-28 Louis Kid Kaplan w rsc 10 (15) Bobby Garcia, East Hartford Velodrome, Hartford, Connecticut, USA - WORLD

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1926-06-28 Louis Kid Kaplan w rsc 10 (15) Bobby Garcia, East Hartford Velodrome, Hartford, Connecticut, USA - WORLD. Referee: Young McAuliffe. In front of a 15,000 strong crowd, Kaplan (125½) floored Garcia (124½) seven times in all, three times in the eighth, three times in the ninth, and once in the tenth when a right hand to the left eye split it open and a vicious left hook to the body put the challenger down for a count of ‘nine’. On rising and grasping the referee, Garcia, who had been generally outclassed in every session bar the fourth, was rescued by the third man on the 54-second mark when it was clear that he could no longer carry on.

Continuing to have difficulty making the weight, and under pressure from the NYSAC to defend against his number-one challenger, Red Chapman, who was already booked to meet the winner at Queensboro Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York on 27 July, Kaplan relinquished the title just seven days later.

In the moves to find a new champion the NYSAC ordered an elimination series, but the first bout made, a 12-rounder involving Babe Herman and Chapman which had been due to take place at Queensboro Stadium was cancelled after Herman reported sick with tonsillitis. When Chapman claimed the forfeit and asked the NYSAC to name him as their champion, he left the series in a huff after the commission ignored his claim, merely offering him another date. Before being eliminated from the title race by Benny Bass, Herman (123) outpointed the 120lbs Petey Mack over ten rounds at Queensboro Stadium on 28 August.

Another man to try and claim the title was Danny Kramer (126½), who beat the 130lbs Garcia (w rsc 1 at the Phillies Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 23 August), but he failed to gain much support and was soon fighting in a higher weight division. Following that, the former champion, Johnny Dundee, reclaimed the title on the grounds that he never lost it in the ring. However, the NYSAC failed to give Dundee any encouragement.

It was then that the Massachusetts Boxing Commission, who had a vested interest in that three of the top-rated men came from New England, pipped both the NYSAC and the NBA when matching Chic Suggs (who had beaten Pete Sarmiento on points over ten rounds at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC on 5 August) against Dick Honeyboy Finnegan (who had licked Chapman on points over ten rounds at Braves’ Field, Boston, Massachusetts on 16 September) for their version of the title. Only five men had beaten Finnegan in 42 fights and he had revenged them all bar the points defeat at the hands of Al Winkler.