1946-05-14 Gus Lesnevich w rsc 10 (15) Freddie Mills, The Arena, Harringay, London, England - WORLD

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1946-05-14 Gus Lesnevich w rsc 10 (15) Freddie Mills, The Arena, Harringay, London, England - WORLD. Referee: Eugene Henderson. In a fight that would be remembered for a long time by all those who saw it, Lesnevich (175) came back from the brink to beat the British champion and unify the title. Dropped four times in the second round, Mills (174) finished the session in a parlous state when having great difficulty in finding his corner. Despite that, Mills came right back in the third with solid blows of his own to have Lesnevich carrying a cut and badly swollen left eye. He then went on to outbox the American champion for the next few rounds and break his nose in the sixth. Lesnevich, though, remained strong, and by the end of the ninth he was having some success before opening up in the tenth to have Mills in real trouble. After Mills went to the canvas three times from rights to the jaw, with just four seconds of the round remaining the referee rescued him halfway through the final count.

Managed by Blinky Palermo, an underworld figure, Billy Fox, who had a fantastic record with 43 inside the distance wins from 43 starts, was chosen to be Lesnevich’s next challenger.

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