Date: 3rd February 1939
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
Title: vacant NYSAC World Light-heavyweight Title
( 43 - 6 - 2 )
Weight: 172 1/2 lbs
Tiger Jack Fox
( 98 - 15 - 10 )
Weight: 173 3/4 lbs
Bettina met Fox at Madison Square Garden, New York with the vacant NYSAC World Light Heavyweight Title at stake. Fox who was well known for not bothering to train for fights, was said to have been carrying a stab wound he received three months earlier.
Bettina won by 9th round Tko when referee Eddie Joseph stopped the fight at 1:22 of the round.
Five months later, Bettina would lose the NYSAC title in a match with Billy Conn which was also for the vacant NBA world title.