1932-07-18 Johnny Jadick w pts 10 Tony Canzoneri, Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NBA/PENNSYLVANIA

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1932-07-18 Johnny Jadick w pts 10 Tony Canzoneri, Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NBA/PENNSYLVANIA. Referee: Joe McGuigan. Scorecards: 6-3, 5-3, 2-7. Although not a member State of the NBA, as in their first contest the Pennsylvanian Boxing Commission were more than happy to accommodate the return as a title fight, and once again it was very close, 13 to 12 rounds on the three scorecards, with five even accounting for a split decision. This time round Canzoneri (133) looked to counter Jadick (135¼), who proved a shade too smart for that tactic, and despite landing the heavier punches the former champion missed his opportunity. In the final round Jadick was floored by a left hook to the jaw, but was up immediately to finish the course, worn out and bloodied but still champion. Canzoneri finished with a bad cut on the right eye, testament to Jadick’s probing jabs.

On 20 September, the NBA decided not to recognise the ‘junior’ divisions in future, although States such as Pennsylvania, California. Illinois and Louisiana, plus Washington, Florida, Missouri and Ohio were happy to support their own champions or contests taking place on home territory.

A short while later, on 6 December, Sammy Fuller made a Ring magazine defence’ when he gained a ten-round points win over the 135lbs Billy Wallace at the Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio.

Earlier, in August, the New Orleans promoter, Martin Burke, set up a four-man eliminating series over ten rounds at The Coliseum in order to find Jadick's next challenger. The tournament got underway on 15 August with Battling Shaw outpointing Ray Kiser, and was followed by Joe Ghnouly outscoring Davey Abad on 22 August. The final saw Shaw outpoint Ghnouly on 29 August.

Regardless of the fact that Jadick had signed to defend his title against Shaw in New Orleans on 20 February 1933 and Wesley Ramey in Grand Rapids five days later, it was reported in several papers on 7 February that he had given up his junior title to campaign at lightweight. While the contest against Ramey would be cancelled on 18 February due to poor ticket sales, Jadick would be putting his title on the line against the hard-hitting Shaw, who had won just two of five contests since beating Ghnouly.