1931-03-25 Frankie Genaro drew 15 Victor Ferrand, The Bullring, Madrid, Spain - NBA/IBU

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1931-03-25 Frankie Genaro drew 15 Victor Ferrand, The Bullring, Madrid, Spain - NBA/IBU. Referee: Rene Schemann. At the finish Ferrand (110½) was four points ahead on the scorecards, but under IBU rules the challenger had to have a lead of at least five points for the title to change hands, the decision being announced as a draw. The fight itself saw Genaro (109½) outspeeded and outscored early on before hitting his stride to recover some lost ground. However, it was not nearly enough, Ferrand looking a good winner. Following the decision there was a noisy demonstration by many of the 35,000 fans in attendance, the referee having to be escorted away by the police after cushions, stones and even a large rock rained down on the ringside area.

On 16 July, Genaro knocked out Routier Parra in the fourth round at the Meadowbank Arena, North Adams, Massachusetts. Although this was once thought to be a title defence, according to the New York Herald it was contested at catchweights.