1922-07-27 Benny Leonard nd-w pts 12 Lew Tendler, Boyle’s Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD

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1922-07-27 Benny Leonard nd-w pts 12 Lew Tendler, Boyle’s Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Ertle. Billed as a title fight, Tendler (134¼) let the opportunity of becoming champion slip from his grasp when on the verge of victory he let Leonard (135) talk him out of it. For seven rounds, Leonard, who had been cut on the forehead in the first, found Tendler’s southpaw style difficult to fathom. It got worse for Leonard in the eighth when he was in trouble and holding on for dear life after being hit with some big punches. Following that, due to Tendler easing off Leonard got back into his routine to be awarded the press decision.

Obviously having difficulty in making 135lbs, Leonard continued to take part in contests, some billed as title fights, where he came in over the weight while allowing the opposition to be below 135lbs. Two such fights came against Ever Hammer (nd-w pts 10 at Floyd Fitzsimmons’ Arena, Michigan City, Michigan on 5 August 1922) and Alex Hart (nd-w pts 8 at the Phillies Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 9 July 1923).