Saturday, August 26, 2017

On This Day: Battling Shaw Remembered

By Peter Silkov

Battling Shaw was a very game and capable fighter, able to box or brawl. Often mistakenly billed as the first world champion out of Mexico, Shaw was in fact born Jose Perez Flores, in Laredo, Texas, on October 21, 1910. After beginning his boxing career in 1927 as a featherweight, Shaw steadily built up a reputation as a hard-working fighter with a pleasing style. During his career, he also fought under the names of Benny ‘Kid’ Roy and Jose Flores.

On December 19, 1932, Shaw out-pointed Ervin Berlier over 10 rounds, to win the Southern United States Lightweight title.

Two months later, over ten rounds again, Shaw out-pointed Johnny Jadick to win the World light-welterweight title.

Shaw lost his world title on May 21, 1933, when he was out-pointed over 10 rounds by Tony Canzoneri. Following this defeat, Shaw's career went into decline, as he started losing more than he won.

In the course of his career, Battling Shaw fought such notable fighters as Kid Pancho, Wildcat Monte, Kohnny ‘Kid’ Blair, Bulldog Gonzalez, Kid Azteca, Joe Ghnouly, Lou Terry, Johnny Jadick, Tracy Cox, Young Peter Jackson, Williard Brown, Richie Mack, and Tony Canzoneri.

His final fight was on October 1, 1938, a 10-rounds point's defeat to David Velasco,. Battling Shaw retired with a final record of (65-28-8, 28koes) He died on August 27, 1994.

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