Philly Boxing History

APRIL 09, 1936



On this day in 1936, Tony Canzoneri won a ten round decision over Philadelphia's Johnny Jadick. It was their third meeting in the ring. This time however, no title was on the line and both fighters were toward the end of their careers. But the win for Canzoneri was a decisive, unanimous decision, and served as a bit of revenge for the battler from Slidell, Louisiana. 

The other two bouts between the pair occurred in 1932. In the first fight on January 18th, Canzoneri brought his World Jr. Welterweight belt to the Philadelphia Arena to defend it against local hero Jadick. The odds on Jadick were pretty long, and although he had to pick himself off the mat in the first, Johnny took the fight to Canzoneri and won the title with a ten round decision. Six months later on July 18, the rematch was staged outdoors outdoors at the Baker Bowl. With Canzoneri out to prove the first fight a fluke, Jadick pulled another upset and repeated his decision victory over the ten round limit to defend his title.

Their third bout, celebrated today, came four years later at New York's St. Nicholas Palace. Jadick was on the decline having lost most of his recent bouts. After the loss to Canzoneri, he would fight only sixteen more times (no so many bouts in those days), winning only one in that stretch. He ended his career with a record of 104-58-10 (15 KO). Canzoneri fought on for another three years and dropped two title fights to Lou Ambers in his final campaign. His final record wound up 137-24-10 (44 KO). 


  1926 - Johnny Jadick W8 Harry Scott at Philadelphia

  1928 - Pete Nebo W10 Johnny Murray at Philadelphia
  1929 - Lew Massey W10 Sammy Tisch at the 22nd Engineers Armory in New York
  1934 - Benny Bass KO3 Jimmy Leto at the Arena in West Philly
  1934 - Tony Morgano W10 Eddie Shea at the Arena in West Philly
  1934 - Harry Serody KO9 Joe Glick at the Arena in West Philly
  1954 - Carmen Bartolomeo KO4 Chico Corsey at the Cambria A.C. in NE Philly (Kensington)
  1973 - Richie Kates W10 Paul Cardoza at the Arena in West Philly
  2016 - Lee Selby W12 Eric Hunter at the O2 Arena in London (IBF Featherweight Title)
  1945 - Roy 'Tiger' Williams