1949-12-06 Sandy Saddler w pts 10 Orlando Zulueta, The Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NBA
1949-12-06 Sandy Saddler w pts 10 Orlando Zulueta, The Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NBA. Referee: Vito Mazzeo. Scorecards: 5-4, 5-4, 4-5. Supported by the Cleveland Boxing Commission, the weight class was re-introduced by the NBA and Saddler was matched to fight Zulueta. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a boring affair due to a clash of styles, with Saddler (127½) trailing during the opening four rounds to the fast-moving Zulueta (129½), eventually picking up steam in the fifth and staying just about in front for the rest of the contest. One judge had the Cuban ahead after two left-hand punches from Saddler had strayed low during the second session and he deducted points, but the other two gave it to the latter, making the decision split.
A few weeks later, Saddler (129) beat Chuck Burton (126½) by a first-round kayo at the Valley Arena, Holyoake, Massachusetts on 6 February 1950. Although there was some risk to Saddler’s credibility at the weight, this contest was seen as a featherweight non-title ten rounder and not an authorised 130lb defence.