1934-08-30 Baby Arizmendi w pts 15 Mike Belloise, Dyckman Oval, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY

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1934-08-30 Baby Arizmendi w pts 15 Mike Belloise, Dyckman Oval, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Arthur Donovan. In what was an excellent fight, Arizmendi (124½) proved to be the better man of the two when he produced a great display of box-fighting to overcome the extremely clever Belloise (126), who was not rugged enough to hold the strong Mexican off. Belloise, recognised as an excellent little ring general, was dropped heavily in the ninth round before finishing strongly over the last three sessions to great applause, despite falling short on points and losing unanimously.

Although The Ring magazine reported Arizmendi v Belloise as being merely for the New York State title, both the Everlast Record Book and the Californian papers of the day stated that Arizmendi held the NYSAC version of the world title following his victory. Regardless of the merits of the title in question, the Mexican was of recognised championship class.

On 1 January 1935 in Mexico City’s National Stadium, Arizmendi outpointed Henry Armstrong over 12 rounds. Although the contest was reported in The Ring Record Book in later years as carrying Mexican world title recognition, according to the Excelsior newspaper both Arizmendi (130) and Armstrong (129) weighed above 126lbs, but that did not stop the Mexicans from recognising their man as the champion.

Towards the end of 1935, the NYSAC, unable to make a match between Arizmendi and Freddie Miller, decided to hold an elimination tournament in cahoots with the Illinois Commission to find an opponent for the Mexican, with the winner hopefully meeting Miller to unify the world title. The series kicked off at Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois on 30 December with Everett Rightmire outpointing Moon Mullins over 12 rounds, and was followed by Belloise securing a 14th-round stoppage win over Claude Varner at the Star Casino, Manhattan, NYC on 8 January 1936. The final leg saw Belloise stop Rightmire in the 14th round of their battle at Marigold Gardens on 3 April 1936.

On 5 May 1936, Arizmendi (128lbs), who was still recognised by the NYSAC as the world featherweight champion, outpointed Pablo Dano (124½lbs) over ten rounds at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. Although a catchweight affair, had Dano won there was the possibility of Arizmendi forfeiting his recognition. However, just a few days later, on 19 May 1936, according to the Los Angeles Times, Arizmendi was stripped by the NYSAC, who then proclaimed Belloise as champion after futile negotiations to match him against the Mexican for the NYSAC version of the title.

Following that, it came as no surprise when Arizmendi and Armstrong came together to contest the Californian version of the championship on 4 August 1936.