1929-07-18 Tommy Loughran w pts 15 Jim Braddock, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1929-07-18 Tommy Loughran w pts 15 James J. Braddock, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Eddie Forbes. Giving a master class of boxing at its best, Loughran (174) left no room for doubt as to his superiority over Braddock (170) when winning all but one of the 15 rounds contested. The fight had only just begun when Loughran was gashed over the left eye, but he kept the jab going and boxed his way out of trouble. Although Braddock forced the fight throughout he got nowhere, even with his pet right hand, as Loughran moved first one way and then the other, constantly spearing him with the left and making a difficult target. In the sixth Braddock was cut over the right eye, while Loughran also received a gashed forehead. To be fair to Braddock he never gave up trying, but Loughran gave him few chances and the unanimous decision in his favour was a formality.
When Loughran relinquished his title in September in order to campaign as a heavyweight, the New York State Athletic Commission announced that Maxie Rosenbloom, Yale Okun, Lou Scozza and George Courtney would meet in two semi-final legs to find a new champion. However, after Slattery had outpointed Rosenbloom over ten rounds (at the Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York) on 25 November, he took over the loser’s place in the tournament.
Despite that, Rosenbloom was not finished yet, going on to outscore Okun over 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC on 9 December. Okun, who received quite a bad beating, was subsequently dropped from tournament, leaving Slattery with a bye, while Scozza eliminated Courtney (w disq 5 on 13 December at the Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan) to reach the final. Following his win over Okun, Rosenbloom was supported by the NBA in his quest for a return with Slattery.