1927-10-28 Johnny McCoy w pts 10 Tommy Hughes, Legion Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA - CALIFORNIA

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1927-10-28 Johnny McCoy w pts 10 Tommy Hughes, Legion Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA - CALIFORNIA. Referee: Harry Ertle. Surprisingly, it was the tricky veteran, McCoy, who replaced Fidel LaBarba as champion after winning the Californian Boxing Commission’s flyweight tournament held at the Legion Stadium.

The tournament got underway on 26 August with Willie Davies beating Izzy Schwartz (w pts 10), and was followed by McCoy eliminating Britt Gorman on points over ten rounds on 2 September) before Harry Goldstein and Boy Wally drew over ten rounds on 9 September. After the first semi-final leg on 16 September, in which McCoy beat Davies (w pts 10), Hughes was introduced for the first time, along with Davey Adelman, who had earlier received a bye, and Wally and Goldstein, who had previously drawn. With McCoy already in the final, Wally stopped Adelman in the third round on 23 September and Hughes outpointed Goldstein over ten rounds on 30 September. Hughes then beat Wally (w co 10 on 7 October) to make the final, which was a tame affair to say the least. McCoy, who was cut under the left eye in the fifth round, landed the harder blows, but there were no knockdowns and as the referee had been instructed to find a winner Hughes was deemed to be the loser.

Earlier, the McCoy v Davies contest had been controversial to say the least and on the basis of Davies’ earlier wins over Newsboy Brown (w pts 10 at the Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) on 14 March and Willie LaMorte (w pts 10 at the Motor Square Garden) on 11 April, the Pennsylvanian Boxing Commission recognised him as their representative in any further elimination bouts.