1935-09-05 Al McCoy w pts 15 Joe Knight, Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Canada - MONTREAL

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1935-09-05 Al McCoy w pts 15 Joe Knight, Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Canada - MONTREAL. Referee: Mickey MacGowan. Fighting to decide the Montreal version of the world title, with just two rounds to go it appeared that either man could win it inside the distance despite Knight (171½) being the wearier. From there onwards though, McCoy (174¼), consistently pressing forward, blasted away with both hands to keep his southpaw opponent on the defensive right to the final bell, where the latter finished with cuts over the right eye and further damage to lips and nose.

Although the judges gave Knight only three rounds it had been a gruelling struggle, after which McCoy surprisingly met Lou Brouillard just 15 days later, at The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts on 20 September, in a fight the Boston Post viewed as a final eliminator for the world title. Regardless that McCoy won on points over ten rounds, with both men inside 175lbs there was obviously some risk attached to his Canadian recognition.

Following this, the hustling young Montreal promoter, Jules Raciot, lined up a defence for McCoy when matching him against Mickey Walker, but after the latter pulled out and the Montreal Boxing Commission failed to sanction Larry Johnson as a worthy foe Abie Bain was brought in.