1937-01-19 Benny Lynch w pts 15 Small Montana, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - GB/NBA/NY

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1937-01-19 Benny Lynch w pts 15 Small Montana, The Arena, Wembley, London, England - GB/NBA/NY. Referee: C. B. Thomas. In a brilliant contest of skill coupled with heavy punching, Lynch (111½), whose body punching, left swings and hooks were a feature, made a fast start to keep in front of his rival. Regardless, Montana (107½), who was always in the fight, was never disgraced. There was no doubt that Montana could also hit hard, but Lynch, who fully deserved the referee’s decision, would not be denied. Roared on by 12,000 fans both men put everything in to it to fully earn the plaudits that followed.

Having beaten Fortunato Ortega next time out before taking revenge just three weeks later for a disqualification defeat at the hands of Len Hampston, Lynch looked to defend his title against Jimmy Warnock at an open-air show in Glasgow during June. When the BBBoC failed to give their blessing to the contest, stating that Warnock should first meet the winner of Phil Milligan and Peter Kane, the Scottish Area Council, who were in favour of the fight, asked the BBBoC to reconsider it taking place on the grounds that whoever won would waive the six-month grace normally given to a champion.

With the match made over 15 rounds and set for 2 June at Parkhead, the home of Glasgow Celtic FC, it would go ahead regardless, but unfortunately the BBBoC came back with the pronouncement that the fight would not be carrying title billing, having to be contested at eight stone and four ounces. A disappointment to just about everybody involved, the fight went ahead with Warnock winning the 15-round points decision.

Following that, Warnock was matched against Kane to decide Lynch’s next opponent. Unbeaten in 45 contests, Kane had beaten both Milligan (w rsc 11 on 29 April) and Warnock (w rsc 4 on 26 August) at The Stadium, Liverpool and was rated number-one in the world by The Ring magazine. He was also unbeaten in 42 contests, with wins over top Europeans such as Praxille Gyde, Enrico Urbinati, Ernst Weiss (twice), Pedrito Ruiz, Valentin Angelmann (twice), Eugene Huat, Pierre Louis, Joseph Decico, Maurice Huguenin and Nicolas Petit-Biquet.