1925-12-02 Tod Morgan w rtd 10 (10) Mike Ballerino, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - CALIFORNIA/NY/PENNSYLVANIA

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1925-12-02 Tod Morgan w rtd 10 (10) Mike Ballerino, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - CALIFORNIA/NY/PENNSYLVANIA. Referee: Benny Whitman. Challenging for the title, Morgan (128) caused a first-rate surprise when handling Ballerino (129¾) with some ease, his additional reach and punching ability enabling him to dictate much of the action. In the tenth and final round with Ballerino at the end of his tether, having been knocked down twice in quick succession, his seconds threw the towel in to save him from taking further punishment.

Although some newspapers claimed that Morgan’s ten-round no-decision press win over Don Davis at The Arena, East Chicago, Indiana on 26 February 1926 was a fight where he could possibly lose his title they should be ignored. It is almost certain that the contest was made at 132lbs, with the Bakersfield Californian reporting that Davis scaled 131½ lbs to Morgan’s 130.

On 29 March 1926, at the Rayen-Wood Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, Morgan outpointed Eddie Brady over 12 rounds in a contest which was initially advertised as being for the championship. However, further scrutiny of the fight report in the Youngstown Indicator confirms that the contest was contracted at 133lbs, thus eliminating it from having any title involvement.

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