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 Walley 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 Walley and Goldstein, who had previously drawn. With McCoy already in the final, Walley stopped Adelman in the third round on 23 September and Hughes outpointed Goldstein over ten rounds on 30 September. Hughes then beat Walley (w co 10 on 7 October) to make the final, which was a tame affair to say the least. With the referee instructed to find a winner, although McCoy, who was cut under the left eye in the fifth round, landed the harder blows he was hardly a convincing winner.

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.