1934-03-27 Barney Ross w pts 10 Bobby Pacho, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - ILLINOIS/CALIFORNIA
1934-03-27 Barney Ross w pts 10 Bobby Pacho, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - ILLINOIS/CALIFORNIA. Referee: George Blake. Scorecard: 5-2. Looking to take the title, Pacho (139½), in great shape, ultimately forced Ross (138½) to revert to clever defensive work in order for him to maintain the slim lead he had built up in the early stages. This was the pattern of the fight despite Pacho’s nose being broken as early as the first round. With Ross cut over the left eye in the fourth, Pacho continued to bore in, flailing away with short chopping overarm rights right through to the final bell, before the referee decided that the title remained with the champion.
A match made for Ross to defend his title against Tony Herrera in Fort Worth, Texas on 20 April was officially cancelled four days before it was due to take place, citing an injured ear that made it impossible for the champion to appear. Having earlier asked to be released from his contract on the grounds that terms and conditions for his forthcoming defence of the welterweight title against Jimmy McLarnin on 28 May precluded interim fights, Ross was obviously looking for a way out. For Herrera, who had just beaten Sammy Mandell, the former lightweight champion, it had a bad effect on the rest of his career when winning just 11 of his remaining 27 fights.