1940-03-01 Ceferino Garcia drew 10 Henry Armstrong, Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA - CALIFORNIA
1940-03-01 Ceferino Garcia drew 10 Henry Armstrong, Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA - CALIFORNIA. Referee: George Blake. Although billed as a title fight and given Californian backing, there was no New York championship at stake as it was not supported by the NYSAC, despite them recognising Garcia as champion. There were two good reasons why that was the case. At that time, New York title bouts were of 15-rounds duration, whereas this was contested over ten stanzas, and under the rules of boxing a champion was entitled to defend at the class limit, but for this go against the welterweight king, Garcia (153½) was contracted to weigh-in at 152lbs. Having already won the world championship at 126lbs, 135lbs and 147lbs, Armstrong (142) was looking to win a title at middleweight, an unprecedented achievement if successful.
In what was their second meeting, the contest went ahead despite Garcia coming in one and a half pounds over the contracted weight. With the fight under way the first round saw Garcia receive a cut on his left eye, an injury that would bother him throughout the contest. There was never much between them, every round being virtually the same, Garcia cutting loose with his heavier armoury for the opening minute or so and Armstrong picking it up from there on. After the referee had been unable to find a winner, it was really back to square one for both men. Writing in The Ring magazine, Nat Fleischer stated that the consensus among reporters covering the contest was that the official erred in calling it a draw. It was generally thought that Armstrong should have been given the decision.