1924-10-01 Mickey Walker w co 6 (10) Bobby Barrett, Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD

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1924-10-01 Mickey Walker w co 6 (10) Bobby Barrett, Baker Bowl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - WORLD. Referee: Dan Buckley. Down four times in the first round, when Barrett (147) was carried to his corner at the end of the session it looked all over, but he came back punch for punch until being eventually ground down by the champion. In the sixth Barrett was dropped for ‘nine’ by a right to the jaw followed by a left to the body, and on getting up he was met by Walker (146¾), who feinted with the left before crashing in a heavy right to the jaw that sent him down to be counted out at 1.33 of the round.

Walker was now fighting more and more at the middleweight limit, but on 8 April 1925 his suspension was lifted in New York on the grounds that he would defend against Dave Shade prior to 16 August and would post a forfeit. This agreement with the NYSAC also paved the way for him to challenge Harry Greb for the middleweight title at the Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 19 June, which was later moved to 2 July when Walker picked up a foot infection. There was no happy ending, Walker being outpointed over 15 rounds.

Meanwhile, at their conference in July, the IBU membership decided not to recognise Walker as a world champion as he had repeatedly ignored the challenges of Belgium’s European titleholder, Piet Hobin.

Following his unsuccessful crack at the 160lbs title, and after much haggling over venues and finances, on 16 August Walker signed contracts to meet Shade at the Polo Grounds some five weeks later.

Prior to his fight with Shade, Walker was awarded a press decision over Sailor Friedman at the Athletic Club Arena, East Chicago, Indiana on 24 August. According to the Chicago Tribune, both men were inside 147lbs, but the Chicago Daily News gave it as Walker scaling 150lbs to Friedman’s 151, which was more realistic.