1936-07-22 Petey Sarron w pts 15 Baby Manuel, The Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas, USA -NBA
1936-07-22 Petey Sarron w pts 15 Baby Manuel, The Sportatorium, Dallas, Texas, USA -NBA. Referee: Bennie Bickers. In what was Texas’ first titular battle, Sarron (125¼), a real jumping jack of a fighter, clearly won the unanimous decision over his southpaw challenger despite being dropped in the first and tenth rounds from solid crosses. He was just too busy for Manuel (124) in recording his second win over the swarthy Cuban, who was down himself in the 12th without a count being administered.
Following three non-title affairs, Sarron set sail for South Africa, where he beat Laurie Stevens and Andy Martin in Johannesburg before leaving for Britain and a title defence against the British and British Empire champion, Johnny McGrory at The Arena, Harringay, London on 19 April. Unfortunately, things did not go to plan when McGrory got himself knocked out inside four rounds by Ginger Foran at The Stadium, Liverpool on 4 March 1937 in a 12-round over-the-weight contest and suffered a broken jaw as a consequence, which scuppered any hopes of him fighting for the world title. For Sarron, being disqualified twice in three catchweight bouts in Britain was too much and he returned to South Africa, where he was defeated by Freddie Miller (l pts 10 at the Wanderers’ Stadium, Johannesburg on 31 July) in a non-title bout before signing up for a defence against the same opponent.