1937-09-23 Lou Ambers w pts 15 Pedro Montanez, Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1937-09-23 Lou Ambers w pts 15 Pedro Montanez, Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - USA. Referee: John Marto. Satisfied in coasting to victory over the extremely disappointing Martinez (135), the clever Ambers (134½) was chided afterwards for not trying to take the challenger out, having boxed on the back foot all night to clock up the points. Ambers’ valid argument afterwards was why take risks if he did not have to. Prior to the fight, Martinez was seen to be the biggest punching lightweight around, but he just could not fathom Ambers out and was continuously warned for hitting and holding, the majority decision coming as no surprise.
With six months leeway before having to make another defence, Ambers was hoping to get in two fights during 1938 and all roads were beginning to lead to Henry Armstrong, the featherweight champion. Then came the announcement that Armstrong would challenge Barney Ross for the welterweight title on 31 May 1938 at the MSG Bowl, Queens, NYC, with the winner to fight Ambers within 60 days. According to the agreements made between the three champions, if Ross won he would be defending the welter crown against Ambers, but if Armstrong were to be victorious it would be Ambers’ lightweight title only that would be at stake. Following Armstrong’s victory over Ross the match was made for 17 August 1938, giving both men almost three months to prepare.