1933-03-24 Maxie Rosenbloom w rsc 4 (15) Bob Godwin, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY
1933-03-24 Maxie Rosenbloom w rsc 4 (15) Bob Godwin, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Pete Hartley. Having received a badly gashed right eye in his fight with Joe Knight that was further damaged in training and which necessitated five stitches, Godwin (167¼) was a beaten man from the start and should never have been allowed to fight Rosenbloom (174¾). Dropped twice by the champion in the first, the wound re-opened in the second and the referee called it off at 1.16 of the fourth. Nat Fleischer, writing in The Ring magazine, stated that Godwin should never have been passed by the doctors, especially as he had appeared at the weigh-in with plaster dressing over both eyes.
After Godwin forfeited the NBA title on the result, the Association sent out a questionnaire to its members asking whether Rosenbloom should be recognised and, on receiving an insufficient number of favourable replies, decided not to give him their blessing. However, at the NBA convention in September Rosenbloom was finally recognised as champion, despite having twice been beaten by John Henry Lewis on points over ten rounds at the Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California in non-title contests on 10 and 31 July.
Earlier, Rosenbloom had been contracted to defend the New York portion of the title against Mickey Walker, but when the latter was beaten by Lou Brouillard on points over ten rounds on 6 July at The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, in a battle between former champions at two weights, it went off the boil as well as contractual differences getting in the way. Eventually, with Rosenbloom unable to fight in New York until after the contest had taken place the differences were sorted out on 27 September.