1933-11-17 Barney Ross w pts 10 Sammy Fuller, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - ILLINOIS
1933-11-17 Barney Ross w pts 10 Sammy Fuller, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - ILLINOIS. Referee: Joe McNamara. Scorecards: 5-49, 53-47, 50-50. Although Ross (135½) appeared to win seven of the ten rounds he boxed with some caution in taking no unnecessary risks, and the majority decision rendered in his favour showed it to be much closer than it seemed. However, despite one judge voting for him the hard-punching Fuller (139), a man with a lesser title claim, was also a disappointment. And apart from the fourth round when he fought furiously he often appeared slow and plodding as his powerful punches failed to hit the target. On reflection, it was difficult to analyse why Ross, who threw a lot of left hooks early on, did not open up more as it was not until the tenth that he really shook Fuller with blows to head and body. Afterwards, Ross claimed that he had looked bad because Fuller refused to lead.
With the result, Fuller finally lost his claim to be recognised as the rightful titleholder.