1936-09-03 Lou Ambers w pts 15 Tony Canzoneri, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1936-09-03 Lou Ambers w pts 15 Tony Canzoneri, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 12-3, 9-6, 10-5. Gaining revenge for his previous defeat at the hands of Canzoneri (135) not only brought Ambers (134½) the title he cherished by a unanimous decision, but also showed up the fact that the once great champion was nearing the end of the road. In short, Canzoneri was a shadow of his former self, and when the challenger circled him to the right and jabbed him silly his only response was to throw punches that missed wildly. He also had points deducted for low blows. Both men finished the fight cut over their left eyes, testament to some of the punches that got through, but it was the youthful elusiveness of Ambers and his better work that won the day.

Beaten in a non-title contest by Eddie Cool (l pts 10 at The Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 28 October) in his first outing since winning the title was not a great start for Ambers, but it gave his victor the top spot in The Ring magazine rankings. Although Cool remained unbeaten for some time it was the former European champion, Enrico Venturi, who took over the number-one ranking after drawing with Ambers (drew 10 at Madison Square Garden on 8 January 1937) to earn himself an eliminating contest against Pedro Montanez. Taking place at Madison Square Garden on 8 February, Montanez won the 15 round points decision but would have to wait until September before he got his opportunity.

On being challenged by the British champion, Jimmy Walsh, Ambers’ manager, Al Weill, replied that while his charge was happy to go to England for three overweight contests he had to make clear that Ambers was contracted to make his next defence in Madison Square Garden by early March 1937. Needless to say there was a return clause carried over from their previous contest, and with Canzoneri requiring six months to get over his battering at the hands of Jimmy McLarnin (l pts 10 at Madison Square Garden on 5 October) the fight was set for 7 May 1937.