1936-05-11 Petey Sarron w pts 15 Freddie Miller, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - NBA
1936-05-11 Petey Sarron w pts 15 Freddie Miller, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - NBA. Referee: Eddie Lafond. Having trouble making the weight, especially after being forced to take a five-mile walk in broiling sun to meet the championship requirement, Miller (126) was not his usual self. If you add in the fact that Sarron (125½) repeatedly held for at least half of every round and occasionally tossed his punches in low, it was hardly surprising. Even though the decision was by a majority, Nat Fleischer, writing in The Ring magazine, stated that he would not have deprived Miller of the title due to all the holding, pulling and other objectionable tactics that were used by the challenger, who only had one round taken away for such misdemeanours.
On 23 June, at League Park, Akron, Ohio, Sarron outpointed Lloyd Pine over ten rounds of a contest that was reported as a championship fight in The Ring magazine. Although the magazine stated that in making his debut as a featherweight, Pine, Ohio’s bantam titleholder, took on Sarron in a ten-round world title fight, a recent study of the Akron Beacon Journal shows us that the match was made at 127lbs, a poundage above the weight class limit.