1937-10-13 Benny Lynch w co 13 (15) Peter Kane, Shawfield Park, Glasgow, Scotland - GB/NBA/NY

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1937-10-13 Benny Lynch w co 13 (15) Peter Kane, Shawfield Park, Glasgow, Scotland - GB/NBA/NY. Referee: Barrington Dalby. Down in the first, Kane (110¾) came back strongly to hold his own before Lynch (111¼) took over in the tenth. The next three rounds saw the little champion landing punch after punch, and in the 13th after being put down heavily Kane somehow got up only to be poleaxed for the full count, another right doing the damage.

A few days later, on 18 October, Tiny Bostock knocked out Nicolas Petit-Biquet, the former European bantamweight champion, and leapfrogged Kane to become The Ring magazine’s top-rated flyweight. Bostock, who had been in the top ten for some time, looked as though he might have made the breakthrough, but less than a month later he had been outpointed by Pierre Louis, who was then beaten in December by Tut Whalley, another long-time top-ten man.

With Kane back in top place and contracted to meet Lynch for the title in a return match at The Stadium, Liverpool on 24 March 1938, the champion failed to make the weight. Although the contest went ahead, resulting in a 12-round draw, he was fortunate not to forfeit the championship.

Following that debacle he finally forfeited the title both in Britain and America when weighing in six-and-a-half pounds overweight for a championship match against Jackie Jurich at Shawfield Park on 29 June 1938. Having already been postponed twice after Lynch suffered an injured elbow in training, the fight went ahead with Jurich counted out in the 12th round.

Despite the result, because Lynch took to the ring as a fully-fledged bantamweight, Nat Fleischer, of The Ring magazine, argued that Jurich should have been crowned champion in accordance with the rules of boxing, especially as he was the number-one challenger. As far as the magazine was concerned Jurich was the world champion and was shown as such.

On 28 July 1938, the NYSAC suggested that if Kane, Jurich, Small Montana, Little Dado and Katsumi Morioka went into a series of eliminators they would recognise the winner as champion. Ignoring all advices, the heavy-hitting Kane was matched against Jurich for the vacant title by the BBBoC without the support of the NBA, NYSAC or IBU, while the claims of the Filipino eight stoners, Dado and Montana, were strongly supported by California.

For Lynch, however, it was almost the end of the road, and following two bad defeats at the hands of KO Morgan and Aurel Toma he retired.

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