1935-10-31 John Henry Lewis w pts 15 Bob Olin, The Arena, St Louis, Missouri, USA - NY/NBA

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1935-10-31 John Henry Lewis w pts 15 Bob Olin, The Arena, St Louis, Missouri, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Walter Heisner. Making his first defence Olin (175) was unlucky to come up against an outstanding challenger in Lewis (174½), but in losing by a unanimous decision he went down in glorious fashion when fighting against the odds. Taking a severe beating in most of the rounds, Olin manfully stuck to his guns despite being battered from pillar to post at times. Olin’s bravery had the crowd on his side as Lewis eventually grew weary of hitting him, and he even blasted back in the 13th before staggering through the next two sessions to make it to the final bell. Never one to set the pulses racing when winning, in defeat Olin finally got the kudos he deserved.

Lewis’ first challenger would be Jock McAvoy, the reigning British and British Empire middleweight champion. McAvoy had gone to America with the sole purpose of getting a title shot at the weight, but after beating Al McCoy and then Babe Risko, the current NYSAC middleweight champion, by a first-round kayo there were no takers. When two more wins followed the hard-hitting McAvoy was more than happy to challenge Lewis, who since beating Olin had taken in nine non-title contests, losing to Emilio Martinez and Maxie Rosenbloom.