Thanks for the reviews , ironbar
Note that while McLarnin died on Oct. 28, 1994.
the obituary in the NY TIMES appeared only on November 10, 2004.
So it only took the NY TIMES 12 days to acknowledge his death.
And of course the NY TIMES can't get it right:
Despite an outstanding record that included victories over Fidel LaBarba, Jackie Fields, Billy Petrolle (the Fargo Express), Pancho Villa, Al Singer, Louis Kaplan and Sammy Mandell, McLarnin did not get a shot at the welterweight title until May 29, 1933, in his 71st professional fight. He knocked out the champion, Young Corbett III, in the first round in Los Angeles.
McLarnin got a shot a Sammy Mandell's lightweight title on May 21, 1928, where boxing master Mandell won a lopsided 15 round decision.