August 30, 1927 -- When the list of great Buffalo boxers is drawn up, Jimmy Slattery usually comes to mind. He's on the small list of fighters who captured a world championship. In fact, he did it twice.
Slattery piled up the wins in the early part of his career. Most of those bouts were held in Buffalo's Broadway Auditorium. He had won seven in a row there in earning a title shot in the light-heavyweight ranks against Maxie Rosenbloom in Hartford, Conn.
The National Boxing Association's title was vacant when the two men entering the ring, but Slattery walked out with it after taking a 10-round decision.
Slattery defended the championship three times, including two fights in Buffalo, before losing to Tommy Loughran in Madison Square Garden in 1928. Slattery simply went back to work after that, winning 15 of 17 fights before taking the title back in 1930.
Slattery and Rosenbloom actually fought seven times, including one as late as 1931, and Rosenbloom won three of them. Slattery won one of them when it counted the most. He finished his career 111-13.
--- Budd Bailey