1941-12-19 Sammy Angott w pts 15 Lew Jenkins, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1941-12-19 Sammy Angott w pts 15 Lew Jenkins, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Susskind. Scorecards: 13-2, 13-2, 13-2. Having only won three of his last six non-title contests, Jenkins (133) was a huge disappointment as he went down tamely by a unanimous decision against the NBA champion, Angott (133½), who was scarcely better in what was described as the division’s worst ever title fight by The Ring magazine. It appeared that Jenkins had made his mind up not to fight, for whatever reason, as he continuously went through a grab-and-hold routine. Meanwhile, Angott, who would earn the nickname of ‘The Clutch’, closed Jenkins down and made it difficult for him to get his punches off as he stayed at close quarters to work on the inside.

Having drawn with and beaten George Latka, Ray Lunny was sitting in third place in The Ring magazine ratings for February 1942 and was looking to push on, but five fights later, following defeats at the hands of Richie Lemos, Lulu Costantino and Willie Joyce, he had retired.

Another man banging on the door was Jimmy Hatcher, who had been a pro since 1936 and was on an unbeaten run of 21 coming into May 1942, with wins over Jackie Callura, Georgie Pace, Willie Roache, Billy Speary (twice), Petey Scalzo (twice) and Leo Rodak. Although he was rated number four in the featherweight division, his manager, Al Weill, was looking to get his charge a shot at the lightweight title, but two defeats by Slugger White and Juan Zurita quickly put paid to those plans.

Ultimately, it would be Allie Stolz, rated number two by The Ring magazine, who would have the next crack at Angott after outscoring Bobby Ruffin (w pts 12 at Madison Square Garden on 27 February) in what was effectively an eliminator. Stolz had only been defeated four times in 52 contests and was a classic boxer who had beaten men of the calibre of Ginger Foran (twice), Pablo Dano, Terry Young, Joe Marinelli, Jimmy Tygh, Petey Scalzo and Joey Fontana.