1923-03-22 Mickey Walker nd-w pts 12 Pete Latzo, 113th Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA - WORLD

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1923-03-22 Mickey Walker nd-w pts 12 Pete Latzo, 113th Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Ertle. A no-decision title defence for Walker (146¼) saw him winning all the way, his severe body assaults generally being too much for Latzo (144½) to handle. The onrushing Latzo, who was floored for a short count in the fourth following a left hook to the jaw before being staggered in the ninth from a similar blow, proved to be a tough and durable opponent, but lacked the guile to avoid taking heavy punishment.

Reported to be for the welterweight title in the Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, a ten-round no-decision contest against Johnny Riley, in which Walker secured a two-round kayo win at The Armory, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania on 4 April, was made at 150lbs.

On 3 May, a six-round no-decision win for Walker at the Dexter Park Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, against Morrie Schlaifer, was reported by the Chicago Tribune as being for the 147lbs title, with Walker’s welter crown being the prize for Schlaifer if he could score an inside-the-distance win. In fact, the fight was also made at 150lbs with the title protected whatever the result.

A little over a month later, on 6 June, after repeated requests for Walker to defend his title against Dave Shade had failed the NYSAC stripped him and proclaimed Shade as champion.

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