1928-09-28 Andre Routis w pts 15 Tony Canzoneri, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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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 Dick 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 1929 before being booked to defend against Buster Brown.

Earlier, on 24 February 1929, with Kid Chocolate angling for a title shot he defeated Chic Suggs (w pts 10 at the New Fronton, Havana, Cuba) in a billed ‘black’ championship match. While I have no record of him putting his ‘black’ title claim on the line, he was now in The Ring magazine ratings at number seven in the featherweight listings and was beginning his climb to the top of the tree in two weight divisions.