1929-03-12 Izzy Schwartz w pts 12 Frenchy Belanger, The Coliseum, Toronto, Canada - NY

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1929-03-12 Izzy Schwartz w pts 12 Frenchy Belanger, The Coliseum, Toronto, Canada - NY. Referee: Lou Marsh. Contested on NBA territory, the NYSAC gave Schwartz (112) permission to defend their title against Belanger (110¼) as long as the winner promised to meet their number-one contender, Emile Pladner, within a designated period. Using every inch of the ring while showing good ring-craft, Schwartz romped home when handing out a boxing lesson to the game Canadian who was unable to catch up with his rival. The unanimous decision in favour of the American surprised nobody.

On 22 August, at Dreamland Park, Newark, New Jersey, Schwartz was outpointed over 15 rounds by Willie LaMorte. Although being a member of the NBA, who recognised Frankie Genaro as champion, the New Jersey Boxing Commission permitted the promoter to advertise the contest as a championship fight, while insisting that both men make the limit before announcing immediately prior to the battle that no title was at stake. Following the fight, the NYSAC withdrew its support of Schwartz, and in refusing to recognise LaMorte set up an elimination tournament at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, to find a new champion.

A four-legged affair on 4 November saw Black Bill, Eugene Huat, Ruby Bradley and Midget Wolgast outscore Willie Davies, Schwartz, Ernie Peters and Johnny McCoy over ten rounds, respectively, before Bill eliminated Huat on 22 November, also on points over ten rounds, to book himself a place in the final against Wolgast, who drew a bye after Bradley pulled out.