1932-01-28 Jackie Fields w pts 10 Lou Brouillard, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD
1932-01-28 Jackie Fields w pts 10 Lou Brouillard, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD. Referee: Dave Miller. After a fairly even five rounds, Fields (145½) opened up in the sixth, throwing vicious punches from both hands to have the southpaw champion wobbling and severely at risk. He kept up the pressure throughout the next two sessions before Brouillard (146) rallied in the ninth, only for Fields to make sure of regaining the championship by pecking away with the left in the tenth to fully deserve the unanimous decision.
After beating Fields (w pts 10 at The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts on 4 March) in a non-title fight, Johnny Indrisano was given number-one status by The Ring magazine, but that was quickly forfeited when he lost to Brouillard on points over ten rounds at the same venue on 8 April.
At the end of July The Ring magazine had Billy Petrolle top-rated simultaneously in three weight divisions – light, junior welter and welter – having recently defeated Billy Townsend, the hard-hitting Eddie Ran, Battling Battalino (twice) and Tommy Grogan. From there on, however, he would concentrate on preparing for his coming lightweight title challenge against Tony Canzoneri on 4 November.
Prior to the billed eliminator in NYC, New York on 4 August between Jimmy McLarnin and Brouillard, won by the latter on points over ten rounds, the matchmaker, Al Weill, went before the NYSAC to try and get the bout upped to 15 rounds and recognised as being for the world title after hearing that Fields had serious eye trouble and would probably not be allowed to box again. The request was turned down on the grounds that until the Commission heard in an official capacity that Fields would not be boxing again he should still be seen as the champion.
A few weeks later the NBA ordered Fields to defend by 28 October, but eventually agreed to let him have a couple of warm-up bouts before making a defence. He was eventually matched against the number-two rated Young Corbett 111, who was a 13-year veteran with 102 wins, 17 draws and seven defeats to his name, and was undefeated in his last 28 contests. More of a boxer than a puncher, the hard to figure Corbett was a durable southpaw who could control the pace of a contest effectively.