1924-05-30 Pancho Villa w pts 15 Frankie Ash, Nostrand AC, Henderson’s Bowl, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1924-05-30 Pancho Villa w pts 15 Frankie Ash, Nostrand AC, Henderson’s Bowl, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Purdy. Try as he might Villa (112) could not put Ash (110½) down, despite working the body well and attacking the challenger throughout, and ultimately settled for a unanimous points win. With a big reach advantage, Ash, who finished with a badly cut mouth, made it difficult for Villa, but because his blows were too light to keep the Filipino at bay he was forced to suffer a beating in order to see the fight out.

Matched to defend his title against Frankie Genaro on 23 September at the same venue, Villa pulled out at the last moment claiming a shoulder injury. Following that, he was given eight-months suspension by the NYSAC. However, according to Nat Fleischer, writing in The Ring magazine at a later date, the NYSAC agreed that Villa could have six months out to recover. Having left for the Philippines at the end of October, it was thought that Villa would be back in New York by early March to get himself in shape for Genaro, but after taking a comeback fight in Manila he contracted to make a defence against Clever Sencio in his homeland before arriving back in America.