1940-04-24 Little Dado w pts 10 Tony Olivera, Municipal Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA - CALIFORNIA

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1940-04-24 Little Dado w pts 10 Tony Olivera, Municipal Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA - CALIFORNIA. Referee: Jimmy Duffy. In winning seven of the ten rounds contested, Dado (116) took over the Californian version of the title after receiving the referee’s decision. He was certainly good value for his victory, outboxing and outfighting the talented champion. While possibly weakening himself to make the stipulated 118lbs on the day of the fight, Olivera (117) only once got to the Filipino, rocking him severely in the sixth session before being well and truly laced for the rest of the bout.

For confirmation that Dado v Olivera involved a title claim, both the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle pre-fight reports confirmed that the fight had been sanctioned by the Californian Boxing Commission as a world championship contest.

When Dado (116) outpointed Jackie Jurich (113¾) over 12 rounds at the Civic Auditorium, San Jose, California on 30 July 1940, it was not recognised as a title fight as it was a no-decision affair. Regardless, there was an element of risk.

Dado ceased to be seen as the champion by the Californian Boxing Commission, who would become a member State of the NBA on 8 September 1941, after losing in the NBA eliminating series to David Kui Kong Young at The Stadium, Honolulu on 4 April 1941.

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