1931-11-20 Tony Canzoneri w pts 15 Kid Chocolate, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1931-11-20 Tony Canzoneri w pts 15 Kid Chocolate, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Willie Lewis. Despite the determined efforts of the challenger, Canzoneri (132) came through to win the split decision in what had been a fiercely contested affair and one that could have gone either way. Performing at his very best, Chocolate (127½) outboxed the champion for much of the time, his right-hand uppercuts catching Canzoneri as he came in and his silky skills a treat to watch, but it was the latter’s aggression, gameness and drive that gained him the decision.
Fighting over the weight, Canzoneri signed up for two junior welterweight title fights in 1932, the second contest taking place after a prospective 135lbs title defence against Billy Petrolle had to be put on hold when the latter chipped an elbow in July 1932 whilst training. The fight was re-scheduled for early November.