1936-11-27 Barney Ross w pts 15 Izzy Jannazzo, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1936-11-27 Barney Ross w pts 15 Izzy Jannazzo, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny McAvoy. Scorecards: 8-4, 9-5, 9-6. Doing his best to make a fight of it against the difficult to hit Jannazzo (145¼), the champion put the latter down twice, for a count of ‘two’ in the second following a left hook and for ‘four’ in the fifth, but was ultimately unable to find a finishing blow and was forced to go the distance. With Jannazzo travelling backwards, flicking out his left, he was a difficult target and although Ross (143) won the opening eight rounds he tired himself out in the process and was forced to conserve his energy. It was in the ninth that Jannazzo got busier, but he never had Ross in any difficulty whatsoever and the latter, only opening up in flashes, cruised to the finishing line to collect the unanimous verdict.

With the coloured welters of the day still not getting much recognition, the Cocoa Kid (141) outpointed Holman Williams (146) over 15 rounds at the Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana on 11 June 1937 in defence of his ‘black’ welterweight championship claim.

Around that time, the Chicago Boxing Commission were making overtures to Ross for him to defend against Pedro Montanez, but the champion’s people were saying that the New York agreement called for him to meet Ceferino Garcia first.

Inactive for two months before coming back to beat Al Manfredo in a non-title contest, Ross was then out again for a further five months prior to coming back for three more overweight contests and signing to defend against Garcia.