1924-12-19 Eddie Martin w pts 15 Abe Goldstein, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1924-12-19 Eddie Martin w pts 15 Abe Goldstein, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Tom Sheridan. After 15 rounds of spectacular boxing, two of the three judges voted for the tireless Martin (118), who although looking likely to lose inside the distance on occasion showed great courage and stamina to overcome the speed and defensive skills of Goldstein (117) to land the title.
Following the fight, in which all three judges carded Martin as the winner, on 31 December it was reported that the NBA would not recognise Martin, who they saw as a synthetic champion despite him winning the title by right of succession. There were no statements as to how the Association reached their verdict, only the assumptions that the highly rated Harold Smith, Bud Taylor and Eddie Shea should have been given their opportunities ahead of Martin.
On 16 February 1925 at Bayside Park, Portland, Maine, Martin outscored Willie Spencer over 12 rounds in a no-decision fight. The Portland Press Herald reported this one to involve Martin’s 118lbs title in what were termed as being two back-to-back six round contests.
Nicknamed ‘Cannonball’, Martin’s first NYSAC recognised defence would be against Charley Phil Rosenberg, who had been a pro since 1921 and had an in-and-out record, winning just three of his first ten contests. Rosenberg had drawn with Martin over ten rounds earlier in 1924 before running up ten victories, but was not really considered a threat.