1934-09-11 Teddy Yarosz w pts 15 Vince Dundee, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NY/NBA
1934-09-11 Teddy Yarosz w pts 15 Vince Dundee, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Al Grayber. Scorecards: 7-4, 9-3, 7-8. Carrying the fight to the champion from the opening bell, Yarosz (157¼), attacking the body, sent Dundee (158½) into the ropes with hard lefts on at least six occasions. Yarosz had beaten Dundee twice before and knew how to deal with him. While Dundee was prepared to stay at distance and pick Yarosz off, it did not quite work out like that as he was given little space. Even when Dundee came on strong in the final third Yarosz made him work, but it was noticeable that had the former possessed a bigger punch he could well have retained his title rather than losing it by a split decision.
A few days after his win over Dundee, Yarosz turned down an offer to defend his title against Oscar Rankins in Los Angeles, California. Rankins had just beaten Gorilla Jones, who the Charleston Gazette reported had been recognised in some States as the champion, and was rated at number three by The Ring magazine.
Taking in an overweight contest against Babe Risko at the Town Hall, Scranton, Pennsylvania on 1 January 1935, Yarosz, having damaged his right knee at some stage of the contest, was dropped six times before being rescued by the referee in the seventh round.
Due to make his return to the ring in March, Yarosz again had problems with the knee and was forced to have an operation before he could get back in action. Although he had passed the defence every six-month ruling, the authorities allowed him two comeback fights before he signed up to meet Risko again. Since beating Yarosz, Risko had lost to Vince Dundee, Jimmy Belmont and Paul Pirrone - who was elevated to the number-one spot on the result - and was not expected to repeat his shock victory over the champion.