1931-10-01 Kid Chocolate w rsc 1 (10) Joey Scalfaro, Queensboro Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York, USA - NBA/PENNSYLVANIA

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1931-10-01 Kid Chocolate w rsc 1 (10) Joey Scalfaro, Queensboro Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York, USA - PENN/NBA. Referee: Arthur Susskind. Having been held to a draw by Scalfaro (126) in November 1928, this time round Chocolate (128½) put the record straight when stopping the New Yorker inside 39 seconds of the first round of a contest scheduled for ten.

Considered by some as involving Chocolate’s title, with Scalfaro scaling inside the featherweight division and having failed to win any of his last six contests there was no way this should have been recognised by the NBA, especially as it took place in a State that refused to recognise junior titles. However, as in the case of Jack Kid Berg’s junior welter defences in New York, Chocolate would have considered his title to be on the line and had the champion lost he could well have forfeited his claim.

The fight itself saw Scalfaro racked by a succession of stiff left jabs before a volley of left-hand smashes to the body followed by a left-right to the jaw sent him crashing. Staggering up at nine, Scalfaro was pulled out of the fight by the third man and after connecting with a heavy right to Chocolate’s head and being restrained a riot ensued.

Taking time out from the junior lightweight division, Chocolate unsuccessfully challenged Tony Canzoneri for the lightweight title before going home for two fights in five weeks.

On 5 March 1932, Chocolate outpointed Dominick Petrone over ten rounds at the Fronton Arena, Havana, Cuba in a fight that had supposedly been billed for the NBA title. Although the Havana Post reported Chocolate (126½) and Petrone as contesting the championship, it has come to light that Petrone came in at 130½lbs according to research uncovered in the Diario de la Marina by Mike DeLisa, thus nullifying it as a title fight. The match was made to help swell the benefit fund being put together for the dependents of the recent Santiago earthquake.