1932-08-04 Kid Chocolate w pts 10 Eddie Shea, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NBA

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1932-08-04 Kid Chocolate w pts 10 Eddie Shea, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NBA. Referee: Phil Collins. Although Shea (128) came out fast in the opening session, thereafter Chocolate (127½) punched him around the ring until the former came back in the tenth to hit the champion with more punches than at any stage in the fight. In short, for nine rounds Chocolate was supreme, lashing in uppercuts that seemed to come from the floor with both hands while giving Shea a good old battering. The only times that Chocolate looked at risk was when landing two low blows, one in the third round that floored Shea which the referee ignored and another in the seventh for which he was warned. The decision was unanimous.

On 20 September, the National Boxing Association also decided not to recognise ‘junior’ titles in future, although States such as Pennsylvania and Ohio were happy in the short term to support their own champions or contests taking place on their territory.

Although billed for the NYSAC version of the world featherweight title, Chocolate’s 12th-round stoppage of Lew Feldman at Madison Square Garden, Manhhattan, NYC, New York on 13 October 1932 meant that with both men inside 126lbs, technically Chocolate’s 130lbs crown was also at risk.

Another fight at the same venue that fell into this category was Chocolate’s 15-round points win over Fidel LaBarba on 9 December.