1930-02-10 Jimmy Slattery w pts 15 Lou Scozza, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NY
1930-02-10 Jimmy Slattery w pts 15 Lou Scozza, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Jim Crowley. Meeting to decide the NYSAC version of the title vacated by Tommy Loughran when he moved up a weight, Slattery (166¾) outgeneralled Scozza (169½) for the opening eight rounds before the latter’s persistence and aggression finally paid off from the ninth onwards. With Slattery tiring and Scozza coming on strong the fight took on a different ring to it, and in the 13th the former champion was almost knocked out as he hung on to the ropes in a helpless state following a heavy battering after a knockdown. Saved by the gong all Slattery could hope for from there on was survival as Scozza tore into him looking for a finisher, but luckily for him when his rival tired from his exertions he made it to the final bell.
The majority decision in Slattery’s favour was hardly convincing, many believing there should be a rematch, especially after Arthur Donovan, one of the most experienced officials in the game, called it a draw. Although the NYSAC ordered the winner to defend against Maxie Rosenbloom within 60 days the latter baulked at meeting Slattery in Buffalo, wanting 25% of the gate if he went ahead.
Meanwhile, the NYSAC decided that Rosenbloom must beat the winner of Pete Latzo and Larry Johnson at Madison Square Garden, NYC, New York on 21 February if he wanted to progress. Latzo duly beat Johnson, but the decision was deemed so poor that it was Johnson who was matched against Rosenbloom in the Garden on 30 March. When that contest was settled by a sixth-round disqualification win for the latter the NYSAC were still not satisfied, asking Rosenbloom to meet Harry Fuller at the Broadway Auditorium on 7 April, the date that had originally been put aside for his crack at Slattery. After outpointing Fuller over ten rounds most observers thought that Rosenbloom would be in a position to agree terms for Slattery, but with the NYSAC still not satisfied they asked him to meet Johnson in a return as their earlier contest had been controversial. On 30 April, Rosenbloom outpointed Johnson at Madison Square Garden to finally convince the NYSAC that he was a worthy challenger, and with a date of 25 June finally agreed and supported by the NBA contracts were finally signed. All of the above contests, which should be considered as eliminators, were contested over ten rounds at 175lbs.