BARNEY ROSS, the “Pride of the Ghetto”, was clever, quick, exciting to watch – and blessed with an iron chin. In 81 fights, against the best fighters of his generation, nobody, but nobody knocked him out.
Ross beat the man he always considered the most talented he ever faced, Tony Canzoneri, over 10 rounds in Chicago to earn recognition as the world lightweight champion in June 1933. The little-regarded light-welterweight title came with it.
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