1939-04-02 Sixto Escobar w pts 15 KO Morgan, Escambron Beach Baseball Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WORLD
1939-04-02 Sixto Escobar w pts 15 KO Morgan, Escambron Beach Baseball Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico - WORLD. Referee: Pablo Albanese. Over 15 hectic rounds, Morgan (117¾) proved to be as game as they come. Several times on the verge of being kayoed, especially in the tenth when he seemed all in under a body attack, Morgan came back strongly to survive. There was no doubt that Escobar (118), who had the challenger down in the eighth, was a worthy winner of the unanimous decision, an analysis of the fight showing him to be a two-to-one victor over his opponent on clean, solid hits.
This fight virtually signalled the end for Escobar as a top-class fighting machine, losing three of his next four contests, and he relinquished the title due to weight-making difficulties following a ten-round points defeat at the hands of the 120lbs Tony Olivera at the Municipal Auditorium, Oakland, California on 4 October.
Having earlier ordered Escobar to defend against the winner of a contest between Georgie Pace and Henry Hook, won by the former on points over ten rounds at The Arena, Cleveland, Ohio on 1 March, the NBA then proclaimed Pace as their champion on 2 November. Prior to being handed the title, Pace had wins over men such as Johnny Gaudes (twice), Katsumi Morioka (twice), Hook (twice), Indian Quintana and Baby Yack. While the NBA supported Pace, California matched Olivera against Lou Salica, who the NYSAC recognised as champion, for their version of the title.