1929-03-28 Tommy Loughran w pts 10 Mickey Walker, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD
1929-03-28 Tommy Loughran w pts 10 Mickey Walker, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD. Referee: Dave Miller. One newspaper report stated that Loughran (173¼) easily thwarted the challenger’s efforts to land a heavy wallop, either by picking off his blows or by clever evasive tactics, to run out a decisive winner after ten rounds. Realistically, it was much closer than that with Walker (165) starting fast and attacking the body, while the champion surprised him with lightning fast left hands to the head. Although Walker’s pressure began to tell in the middle rounds, Loughran came back with fast one-twos as he began to take control of the contest, nailing his hardy rival with sharp right uppercut counters, before jabbing his way to the split decision.
Loughran’s next challenger would be Jim Braddock, who had stopped Jimmy Slattery inside nine rounds of a scheduled ten at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 11 March. Normally an out-and-out counter puncher, Braddock turned aggressor against the clever Slattery, forcing the fight throughout and showing good variety allied to heavy punching from both hands.