1937-10-29 Henry Armstrong w co 6 (15) Petey Sarron, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA

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1937-10-29 Henry Armstrong w co 6 (15) Petey Sarron, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Making a fast start, Sarron (124) punched his way through Armstrong’s defence in the opening two rounds, before the latter was penalised for a low blow in the third. Armstrong (126) then took the fight to the NBA champion in the fourth, winning a session that was action packed. The fifth round saw Armstrong put Sarron through the ropes from a body attack and land some heavy punches to the head before cutting loose in the sixth with a heavy bombardment to the body that had his man bewildered. A heavy right took all the wind out of him, but having somehow recovered Sarron came back trying to mix it before taking a big right to the jaw and being counted out in a sitting position on the 2.36 mark.

On 6 December, at The Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, Armstrong finally ended Tony Chavez’s aspirations of getting a shot at his title when stopping him in the opening round. It was the third time the pair had met in non-title bouts, each having a win to their name, but there was no way back for Chavez this time round after he had been dropped seven times.

Armstrong relinquished the NY/NBA version of the title in November 1938 on becoming world champion at lightweight and welterweight in his two previous fights. Earlier, however, with Armstrong inactive at the weight, the Maryland Boxing Commission set up a fight between Leo Rodak and Jackie Wilson to decide their version of the title. This would be their fourth meeting, the previous three having ended as draws, and both men were rated in The Ring magazine’s top four along with Freddie Miller and Dave Castilloux.