1931-11-20 Tony Canzoneri w pts 15 Kid Chocolate, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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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 took on two light-welter 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.