1933-05-29 Jimmy McLarnin w rsc 1 (10) Young Corbett I11, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD

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1933-05-29 Jimmy McLarnin w rsc 1 (10) Young Corbett I11, Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, USA - WORLD. Referee: George Blake. Starting the contest with short southpaw jabs and jolting lefts the champion confused McLarnin (145¼) for the opening two minutes, but the latter remained calm while awaiting an opening to get his punches off. He would not have to wait long. As Corbett (146) came in McLarnin saw his chance and took it when smashing in a right hander to the jaw and although the champion was up at ‘nine’ three rapid left hooks dropped him again. Getting up at ‘eight’, Corbett seemed to be out on his feet and when he was sent sprawling halfway through the ropes by a short right the referee had seen enough and stopped the contest on the 2.37 mark.

Inactive for a year while waiting for a worthwhile challenger to appear, McLarnin finally signed up to meet Barney Ross, the lightweight and junior welter titleholder, in April 1934 and with many wondering whether all three titles would be on the line, the former was asked to come in above 140lbs.