1925-09-11 Paul Berlenbach w rsc 11 (15) Jimmy Slattery, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB

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1925-09-11 Paul Berlenbach w rsc 11 (15) Jimmy Slattery, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB. Referee: Patsy Haley. Never having gone more than ten rounds previously and having been stopped in the third round by Dave Shade three fights earlier was not the best preparation for the 21-year-old Slattery (161½), despite him being a skilful fighter with a good knockout ratio. However, for nine rounds the young challenger drifted around the ring, hands by his side, seemingly boxing his way to the title against the hard-hitting but sluggish Berlenbach (172), who up until that time had not had much success. Then it happened. In the tenth, Slattery, chinned by a series of heavy lefts, was put down for eight, then for nine and again before being saved by the bell. Although coming out for the 11th it was obvious to all that Slattery was a beaten fighter and after being smashed to the canvas on three more occasions, for counts of nine, and at the mercy of the champion as he clutched the ropes, the referee had seen enough and rescued him with 92 seconds of the session remaining.