1934-08-08 Sixto Escobar w pts 15 Eugene Huat, The Forum, Montreal, Canada - MONTREAL

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1934-08-08 Sixto Escobar w pts 15 Eugene Huat, The Forum, Montreal, Canada - MONTREAL. Referee: Mickey McGowan. Staging a game display of defensive boxing and sheer grit, Huat (117½), many times sent reeling from heavy lefts and rights, somehow kept his feet to come back two-fistedly to give Escobar (117) problems of his own. Escobar was always in front despite having to show good defensive skills of his own to collect the unanimous decision, but it was the challenger who got the biggest cheers for his gallant display.

After the fight, the Montreal Boxing Commission asked the NBA to force Panama Al Brown to meet Escobar for the NBA title in Canada on 13 September or risk being stripped. Brown refused the fight on 26 August on the grounds that there was not enough time for him to prepare, and remained suspended, while Escobar waited to see how things panned out.

Eventually getting back into action, he was surprisingly outscored in a ten-round non-title fight by the future world lightweight champion, Juan Zurita, at the City Bullring, Mexico City, Mexico on 30 March 1935 before getting a good win over Joey Archibald while waiting for Pete Sanstol to recover from a foot injury. The Sanstol fight was eventually lined up for 7 August and was followed by the news that the NYSAC and NBA would both recognise a fight between Escobar and Lou Salica as deciding the title.