1925-12-07 Rocky Kansas w pts 15 Jimmy Goodrich, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB
1925-12-07 Rocky Kansas w pts 15 Jimmy Goodrich, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA - USA/GB. Referee: Jim Crowley. Kansas (132), who saw himself as the heir apparent to Benny Leonard, had been unavailable to enter the elimination tournament and despite his win over Goodrich (134), Tex Rickard’s end of year ratings, published in The Ring magazine, listed both Sammy Mandell and Sid Terris above him. Regardless of that, he proved a more than worthy challenger in carrying off nine of the 15 rounds as he outjabbed Goodrich at range and two-fistedly attacked his body at close quarters to win a unanimous decision. To his credit, Goodrich, cut over the right eye in the fifth, came back to win the last two rounds, but it was not enough.
After taking time out, Kansas next took in a trip to the southern States and on 5 March 1926 at the Artillery Field, Tampa, Florida he stopped Freddie Jacks inside six rounds. Jacks, who was dropped in the first and then punished unmercifully, was rescued by the referee when he was exhausted and not fighting back. Reported by the Tampa Morning Tribune as being a championship contest in the pre-fight build up and as an exhibition in the fight report, there was nothing to suggest that either man was inside 135lbs and on that basis it should not be recognised as involving the title.
On returning from his tour, having also met Joe Tiplitz and Pal Moran in non-title bouts, the NYSAC ordered Kansas to defend his title by 7 June. The Ring magazine went on to say that he would probably accept a match against Terris in New York, thus it was a bit of a surprise when he chose to meet Mandell on away territory. Hugh Shannon, writing in the magazine, reported that if Kansas were to win and wished to box under the auspices of the NYSAC again he would have to meet Terris.