1930-03-28 Benny Bass nd-l pts 10 Eddie Shea, The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri, USA - NBA
1930-03-28 Benny Bass nd-l pts 10 Eddie Shea, The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri, USA - NBA. Referee: Harry Ertle. According to the newspapermen, Bass (128) was shaded by his challenger in a slashing, mauling bout that was contested at a fast clip throughout. With both men shaken up several times, Shea (126½) was dropped for ‘nine’ in the fourth, but after being groggy during the next couple of sessions he came back strongly to knock Bass over in the seventh after connecting with a smashing right to the head. From thereon Shea continually stepped it up with vicious body attacks, which forced Bass to cover up as the former looked for an inside-the-distance win.
On 10 June, Bass was contracted to meet Cowboy Eddie Anderson in a title match at the Brewers Ballpark, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but when the latter came in at 130¼ and was unable to get the weight off the fight went ahead with the latter being knocked out in the third round.
With no apparent pressure to defend, Bass took in a further nine contests over a seven-month period before putting his title on the line against Lew Massey, a man he had already beaten in a catchweight bout.