1934-06-18 Jackie Brown drew 15 Valentin Angelmann, Belle Vue, Manchester, England - NBA/IBU/GB

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1934-06-18 Jackie Brown drew 15 Valentin Angelmann, Belle Vue, Manchester, England - NBA/IBU/GB. Referee: Mario Del Fante. Carrying the fight to Brown (111¾) from the opening bell, Angelmann (112) showed marked improvement from their earlier contests as he chased his rival around the ring, the only surprise being that the champion remained on his feet for the full 15 rounds. Brown, who finished badly marked up and appeared weak with no snap in his punches, was clearly outboxed, but when the Italian referee’s decision of a draw was given the crowd let their feelings known.

After Brown was sent to prison for four months for assault on 6 July, he was stripped by the NBA for contravening their rules. Regarding the Brown v Angelmann contest, it appeared obvious to most in attendance that Brown had lost, and just under a year later, on 6 June 1935, he forfeited IBU recognition at their annual conference for failing to meet the Frenchman in a return match. The fact that Brown had already signed for a defence against Benny Lynch was given no due consideration.

Lynch had earned his right to a crack at Brown, having fought a 12-round draw with him at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow on 4 March 1935. He had then beaten Tommy Pardoe on a 14th-round stoppage at the Embassy Rink, Birmingham on 15 April 1935 in an official eliminator. Lynch had taken part in 98 contests since turning pro in 1931, losing just ten times, and was unbeaten in his last 35. A superlative box-fighter with power in both hands, especially to the body, top men under his belt included Jim Maharg, Bert Kirby, Maurice Huguenin, Angelmann, Pedrito Ruiz and Tut Whalley.

At the end of 1934 The Ring magazine reported that the top five men in the world were Lynch, Small Montana, Brown, Joe Mendiola and Angelmann.