1928-09-28 Andre Routis w pts 15 Tony Canzoneri, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1928-09-28 Andre Routis w pts 15 Tony Canzoneri, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Eddie Forbes. As strong as an ox and never once slackening, Routis (125½) set up a relentless body attack which gradually wore Canzoneri (125) down and gained him two of the three judges’ votes. Although he had concentrated on the body, Routis, cut on the left eye in the 11th, began to send in some stinging head punches, one of which gashed Canzoneri’s face in the 13th round, and he finished as fresh as when he started.
In his first outing after winning the title, Routis lost to Honeyboy Finnegan (l pts 10 at The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts) on 17 November at 130lbs prior to visiting folk back home with the intention of having a couple of contests before returning to the US.
Ultimately, there were no contests in Europe for Routis, only talk of retiring shortly and opening a café in Bordeaux, and on his return to America, he was matched in a non-title bout against Canzoneri (l pts 10 at The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois) on 10 May before being booked to defend against Buster Brown.