News and Highlights
On February 7 the
New York State Athletic Commission
revoked Rocky Graziano's boxing license
for his failure to report a $100,000
bribe offer. A title rematch with Tony
Zale, originally scheduled for March 21
Square Garden, was rescheduled for
July 16 at Chicago (Illinois) Stadium.
That match ended with a sixth round TKO
of Zale and Graziano regaining his World Middleweight
Right: Rocky Graziano (right)
lands a punch to the head of Tony Zale.
Joe Walcott managed to knock Joe Louis down twice
(in the 1st and 4th rounds) during a
15-round match at Madison Square Garden
on December 5, but Louis ended up
retaining his World Heavyweight
Title by virtue of a split decision (one
judge and the referee).
Louis goes down in the fourth round of
his bout with Jersey Joe Wolcott.
Robinson successfully defended his World Welterweight
Title twice in 1947. In the first match,
at Cleveland, Ohio, on June 24, he scored
a TKO against Jimmy Doyle in the ninth
round. The TKO was called after a left
hook literally knocked Doyle out. Doyle
was taken to St. Vincent's Charity
Hospital immediately after the fight, but
he never regained consciousness and died
a few hours later. Local authorities
considered filing criminal charges
against Robinson, but ultimately chose
not to. Robinson's second successful
defense came on December 19, when he
scored a TKO against Chuck Taylor in six
rounds at Detroit, Michigan. Taylor
suffered a bruised kidney in the fight
and was subsequently hospitalized.
Jimmy Doyle goes down in the ninth round
of his match with Ray Robinson.
||Gus Lesnevich retained his
World Light Heavyweight
Title by knocking out Billy Fox in ten
rounds at Madison Square Garden on
February 28. On November 14, Billy Fox
knocked out Jake LaMotta in the fourth
round of a bout at Madison Square Garden.
Gus Lesnevich lands a blow to Billy Fox's
Right: Billy Fox (left) fights
Jake LaMotta at Madison Square Garden.
Ike Williams knocked out Bob
Montomery in six rounds at Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, on August 4 to end confusion over
who was the rightful World Lightweight
Champion. Both men had previously claimed the
title, but neither man's claim was recognized in
every state. The bout, staged in the
Sesqui-Centennial Stadium, settled the issue.
Willie Pep survived an airplane accident (in
January) to successfully defend his World Featherweight
Title by knocking out Jock Leslie in the 12th
round of a 15-round fight at Flint, Michigan, on
Manuel Ortiz lost his World Bantamweight
Title to Harold Dade on decision in fifteen
rounds at San Francisco, California, on January
7. He regained it on a decision over Dade at Los
Angeles, California, on March 12, and
successfully defended it against David Kuikong
Young on April 30 and Tirso Del Rosario on
Jackie Paterson was stripped of his World Flyweight
Title when he failed to make weight for a bout
against Dado Marino. The British Board of Boxing
Control subsequently recognized "Rinty"
Monaghan as champion after he won a disputed
decision over Marino in London, England. But,
Paterson sued the B.B.B.C. in court, got a
favorable decision, and the Board was forced to
recognize him as champion.
the Year 1947
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