1925-07-13 Paul Berlenbach nd-nc 9 (12) Tony Marullo, Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA - NY/NBA/GB
1925-07-13 Paul Berlenbach nd-nc 9 (12) Tony Marullo, Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, USA - USA/GB. Referee: Harry Lewis. Billed for the championship with no decision to be given if the fighters were still there at the final bell, both men were thrown out of the ring after 53 seconds of the ninth had elapsed. The men had been warned several times by the referee that this was a title fight and should be treated as such and the Chief Deputy Boxing Commissioner had twice spoken to the third man about it, but to no avail. That Marullo (166½) was just about leading on points didn’t count for much, especially as he was unable to take advantage of the crude, lumbering champion constantly falling about on the ropes in front of him. The official line was that Berlenbach (173½) was carrying his rival and was not trying to knock him out, and although he pointed out that he’d broken his right hand in the fourth round he was told in no uncertain terms that there had been nothing going on even prior to that.