World Featherweight Champion in 1927 and 1928 and
World Junior Lightweight Champion, in 1929–1931.
The 5'11/2" Bass, whose career weight
ranged from 120 to 135 pounds, had 63 knockouts in 172
victories en route to winning two World titles within 25
months. He won the World
Featherweight crown in September 1927 and lost it five months
later to Tony Canzoneri. Moving up a class, he captured the
World Junior Welterweight Championship in December 1929
and held the crown for 19 months.
In 1920, at age 16, Bass won the U.S. Middle States Flyweight
Championship. He turned pro as a bantamweight in 1922
and did not retire until 1940.
His professional record: 227 bouts—172 wins (63 by
KO), 38 losses, 10 draws, 1 no decision,