1927-12-16 Izzy Schwartz w pts 15 Newsboy Brown, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY

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1927-12-16 Izzy Schwartz w pts 15 Newsboy Brown, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Eddie Forbes. This was the final round of the NYSAC competition which had started at the St Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, NYC on 12 September with Schwartz, Billy Kelly, Frankie Genaro, Eddie Flank, Blas Rodriguez, Routier Parra, Alex Burlie and Joey Ross being named as the men who would be taking part in ten-round eliminating contests. Incidentally, Brown declined to enter. Although he had lost to Willie Davies in the Californian tournament on 26 August, Schwartz got off to a flying start, outpointing Kelly, while Genaro outpointed Flank and Rodriguez outpointed Parra, the draw having been rearranged after Burlie failed to show and Ross came in overweight. With Genaro drawing a bye at the semi-final stage, Schwartz outpointed Rodriguez on 9 November, again over ten rounds at the St Nicholas Arena, but the promoter’s plans to put on Genaro v Schwartz for the NYSAC version of the title were scuppered on 18 October when the commission failed to give it their approval, saying that the competition should remain open to all leading flyweights and would not be decided until the time was right. On hearing the news, Genaro made the decision to go for the NBA version of the title, while Schwartz was matched in a return match against Davies at the Pioneer SC, Manhattan, NYC, winning on points over 12 rounds on 9 November. Prior to it taking place, the NYSAC were asked by Schwartz’ manager to consider the fight as being for their version of the title and once again they refused, although recognising it as part of the elimination series. Eventually the NYSAC were forced to find an opponent for Schwartz and settled on Newsboy Brown, who thus got the chance to put the Belanger defeat in the NBA eliminators behind him. Coming into the fight, Schwartz (108¾) had lost 21 of 99 fights, while Brown (111½) had lost just three of 42. The fight itself saw Schwartz stepping out quickly, being too fast and clever for the plodding Brown, to win the unanimous decision in what was a fairly exciting contest to watch despite there being no knockdowns. In January 1928, although Brown had been effectively eliminated from both the NBA and NYSAC tournaments it would be third time lucky when he was booked to contest the Californian version of the title in his very next fight.

[[1928-04-09 Izzy Schwartz w pts 15 Routier Parra, St Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY]]. Referee: Patsy Haley. Although Schwartz (111) took every round to win the unanimous decision, the aggressive Parra (108), cut over the left eye in the second, was continuously trying to get into the fight. Having little success, with the champion’s punches being far too rapid and accurate for him, Parra was hammered without respite but never went down and lasted to the final bell. On 9 May at the Shrine Auditorium, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Schwartz gained a ten-round press victory over Happy Atherton. Although there was no mention of weights and it was outside the jurisdiction of the NYSAC, the local paper reported that while Atherton was not expected to wrest the title from Schwartz a good showing would do much to gain him a bout where the crown would be very much at stake. Despite the newspaper expectancy, this one was almost certainly an over-the-weight contest.