1922-02-10 Benny Leonard w pts 15 Rocky Kansas, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1922-02-10 Benny Leonard w pts 15 Rocky Kansas, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: William McPartland. Putting up a great fight against the brilliant Leonard (134½), the game challenger won five rounds and shared the tenth before being outscored unanimously. Having made a slow start Leonard simply battered his way to victory, and in the 11th round he smashed Kansas (135) to the floor with a heavy left hook to the jaw. Although Kansas somehow made it up at ‘nine’, Leonard toyed with him, shaking him up time and again prior to the final bell.

Two more fights contracted above the weight where Leonard allowed his opponents to make 135lbs while he was a few pounds heavier came against Pal Moran (nd-w pts 10 at the Louisiana Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana on 25 February) and Kansas (nd-w rsc 8 at Floyd Fitzsimmons’ Arena, Michigan City, Michigan on 4 July).

In between those two fights Leonard tried to wrest the welterweight title from Jack Britton, but was disqualified in the 13th round of their contest at The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York on 26 June.