1943-01-04 Slugger White w pts 15 Willie Joyce, The Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MARYLAND

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1943-01-04 Slugger White w pts 15 Willie Joyce, The Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MARYLAND. Referee: Charley Baum. With both men looking to become the new champion following Sammy Angott’s retirement, and sponsored by the Maryland Boxing Commission, White (134¾), fighting in his usual non-stop style, was the aggressor throughout and well deserved the unanimous decision at the final bell. However, Joyce (133¾) was never out of it and the crowd were treated to one of the greatest last rounds ever as the latter tried to cut back the deficit.

On 20 April, having already won Maryland recognition by his defeat of Joyce, White (133½) took on something of a risk at the Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California when allowing John Thomas to make 135lbs. It all ended well though after a ten-round points win for the champion.

Earlier, in January, Angott announced that he was returning to the ring and supported by the NBA was looking to regain his old crown. With the NY title already under challenge from Bob Montgomery, who had won eliminating bouts against Maxie Shapiro (w pts 10 on 1 December 1942 at The Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Chester Rico (w rsc 8 on 8 January at Madison Square Garden, NYC, New York), the NBA eventually matched the former champion against White for their vacant title.

Since returning to the ring, Angott had broken Willie Pep’s unbeaten run of 63 straight wins when landing the ten-round points decision over the NYSAC featherweight champion on 19 March, lost to Henry Armstrong on points over ten rounds on 11 June and beaten Joey Peralta on points over ten rounds to justify the NBA’s faith in him.