1923-10-12 Pancho Villa w pts 15 Benny Schwartz, Fifth Regiment Armoury, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - WORLD
1923-10-12 Pancho Villa w pts 15 Benny Schwartz, Fifth Regiment Armoury, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Ertle. Billed for the championship, Schwartz (109¼) fought a purely defensive battle, clinching at every opportunity, after Villa (110¾) had dropped him in the second round and knocked him through the ropes on three other occasions. Although under terrific pressure in the 15th as Villa looked to find the finisher, Schwartz managed to make it to the final bell. Despite going down by a wide margin on the referee’s scorecard, Schwartz made a great many friends when taking the champion’s best shots without flinching and generally making a better showing than expected.
On 8 February 1924, a bout advertised as being for the world title between Villa and George Marks went ahead at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, despite the prospective challenger coming to the ring weighing 116½lbs. Villa (111lbs) won on points over 15 rounds, but it should not be considered a world title defence. Following the fight, the promoter, Tex Rickard, was fined and Schwartz lost his deposit. The press were scathing of the affair, one of the papers summing it up when stating that Schwartz was a natural bantamweight who would have to cut his arms and legs off to make the weight, and that the match should never have been made.