1933-03-24 Maxie Rosenbloom w rsc 4 (15) Bob Godwin, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY

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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, necessitating five stitches, Godwin (167¼) was a beaten man from the start. It was soon clear that he should never have been allowed to fight Rosenbloom (174¾). Dropped twice by the champion in the first, after the wound re-opened in the second 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.

With the NBA title vacated 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. The British Boxing Board of Control were among those who felt that Rosenbloom was an unworthy champion, saying that they would not recognise him until he met Jack Petersen. Then, on 22 June, in a further response, the BBBoC wrote to the NBA stating that as Len Harvey was the new British champion, having beaten Eddie Phillips (w pts 15 at Olympia, London on 13 June), he should be seen as a logical challenger instead of Petersen. It is thought that neither the BBBoC or the IBU, who were removed from the NBA at their September convention, recognised Rosenbloom as champion from here on in.

Despite all the misgivings, the NBA announced at their convention that they would finally recognise Rosenbloom as champion, regardless of the fact that he had 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 and did not have the full support of the membership.

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 at The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts on 6 July, 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.

In a fight that was billed for the ‘black’ title, Billy Jones (175) outpointed Harry English (173) at the Culver Park Arena, Ludington, Michigan on 24 August. The papers reported it as the first fight of its kind to be recognised by the State Boxing Commission, but Jones appears to have made no defences as such.