1926-12-10 Jack Delaney w rsc 3 (15) Jamaica Kid, State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - WORLD

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1926-12-10 Jack Delaney w rsc 3 (15) Jamaica Kid, State Armory, Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - WORLD. Referee: Young McAuliffe. Having initially weighed in at 180lbs, the Jamaica Kid (175) was given nearly three hours to take off five pounds before making the weight, but then failed to land a punch of any significance before being floored six times in the third and stopped at 1.13 of the session. Delaney (172½), on top all the way against the crude negro, showed himself to be fast on his feet, fast with his hands and deadly accurate with left hooks and solid rights to both head and body.

Later, with Delaney due to defend his title in June 1927 against Mike McTigue, who had beaten Paul Berlenbach (w rsc 4 on 28 January 1927 at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York), the fight was put back until 11 August because the champion was obviously struggling to make the weight. Delaney was also thinking about a move into the heavyweight division.

Although the Ring Record Book shows Delaney as having relinquished the title in June 1927, the 9 August edition of Boxing (normally three weeks out of date) reported that Delaney would be relinquishing the championship sometime during the following week in order to fight the Spanish heavyweight, Paolino Uzcudun, and, on 27 July, McTigue put in a claim for the title and was accepted by the NYSAC.

Finally, on 10 August, Delaney confirmed that he was relinquishing the title forthwith in a letter to the NYSAC. Meanwhile, the NBA, unhappy that McTigue had been handed the title on a plate, announced that they would be setting up an eliminating tournament involving Tommy Loughran, former middleweight champion Tiger Flowers, Jimmy Slattery, Maxie Rosenbloom and McTigue to determine Delaney’s successor.

However, following the report that McTigue was already booked to defend the NYSAC version of the title against Loughran, who was fresh from victories over Young Stribling and Tony Marullo, and that Flowers was contracted elsewhere, on 12 August the NBA announced that they had matched Slattery and Rosenbloom for their version of the championship.