1923-10-19 Abe Goldstein w pts 12 Joe Burman, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY

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1923-10-19 Abe Goldstein w pts 12 Joe Burman, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Jack O’Sullivan. In a bout trimmed down from 15 to 12 rounds, with Burman (118) just about making the weight for Goldstein (117½), Joe Lynch’s replacement, the former’s reign was brief to say the least. Displaying a brand of boxing that sometimes made Burman look foolish, Goldstein came home easily, the champion winning only four rounds at most. The master of Burman in all but infighting, Goldstein, who sustained a badly cut left eye in the 11th round following a clash of heads, took all three judges’ eyes with good, accurate left jabs and stinging right crosses.

Then, eight days later, it was unclear as to the true extent of Goldstein’s title status after the NYSAC stated that they had re-drafted clause V11 to read: Ring champions who decline to defend their titles in a decision bout within the sixth-month period specified by the revised Walker Law will be suspended until such time they agree to defend. This announcement followed a meeting with Lynch’s physician on 23 October and an acceptance that the fighter had indeed been injured and unable to defend his title.

On 8 January, Goldstein (115¼) outpointed Wilbur Cohen (116) over ten rounds at the Pioneer SC, Brooklyn, NYC, and a day later demanded to know where he stood regarding the world title. The NYSAC’s response was that he would have to meet Lynch as and when the latter was fit again.

This parlous state of affairs came to a head, according to research carried out by a leading boxing historian, Bob Soderman, when the recently re-organised Commission, determined to start again, voted to wipe the slate clean of all suspensions and penalties imposed prior to 13 February 1924.

The news obviously did not travel well as far as the New York Times was concerned, for they reported Goldstein as world champion on 19 February, the day of his ten rounder against Danny Edwards at the Pioneer SC, Manhattan, NYC. The following day, though, the paper reported that Goldstein (115½) was fully deserving of a crack at Joe Lynch after outpointing Edwards (118), a man who was claiming the coloured title. Although I was unable to find a newspaper report a couple of months later, on 11 April 1924, Edwards was thought to have been shorn of his unofficial ‘black’ title claim when outscored over ten rounds at The Casino, Fall River, Massachusetts by Chic Suggs. However, Suggs, who was finding it difficult to make 118lbs, was soon fighting among the featherweights.