1929-10-17 Frankie Genaro w pts 15 Ernie Jarvis, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England - NBA/IBU

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1929-10-17 Frankie Genaro w pts 15 Ernie Jarvis, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England - NBA/IBU. Referee: Matt Wells. Although the promoter, Jeff Dickson, was not officially licensed by the BBBoC at the time, Genaro (111½) was recognised by the NBA and IBU as being their champion, and it was their titles he was defending against Jarvis (111¾), who had stepped in at short notice as a replacement for the tragic Johnny Hill. Countering the aggressive Jarvis’ every move with good footwork and an effective left jab, Genaro got away to a flier. By round 12 it was clear that only a kayo could secure victory for the game, ever-pressing Englishman, who had carried a badly cut left eye since the second. Making a tremendous effort in the 13th, Jarvis hurt Genaro to the body, but after the champion came right back the pair finished an absorbing contest, battling it out toe-to-toe before the referee raised the latter’s hand in victory. Following the fight, both Jarvis and the referee, Wells, were suspended by the BBBoC, although the bans were lifted when Dickson was invited by the Board to become a licence holder a few months later.

On 21 November 1929, at the Armory, Paterson, New Jersey, Willie LaMorte stopped Frisco Grande inside seven rounds of a billed title fight. However, it was not recognised as such by the NYSAC, or in New Jersey, who as a member of the NBA still viewed Genaro as champion. Naturally, LaMorte, a New Yorker by birth, continued to claim the championship with good cause until being defeated by Midget Wolgast in a challenge on the NYSAC title.

Also, at the end of the year Pablo Dano, a Filipino, who had beaten LaMorte and drawn with Izzy Schwartz, laid claim to the title to further confuse the issue. Despite being a good fighter, Dano's claim received no official backing.