1911-02-22 (158lbs) Harry Lewis w pts 25 Blink McCloskey, The Hippodrome, Paris, France
1911-02-22 (158lbs) Harry Lewis w pts 25 Blink McCloskey, The Hippodrome, Paris, France. Having stopped McCloskey rather unsatisfactorily in three rounds at the Wagram Theatre, Paris on 1 February, Lewis undertook to do a better job this time round. Despite the fight carrying no title billing, along with a lack of weights, both men were thought to be inside 158lbs in what was seen as an important fight. By the 15th round, Lewis, who had done most of the leading, was reckoned to be just about ahead. Up to that point, McCloskey had shown himself to be a sound defensive fighter, with great blocking skills, but in the 13th he fractured the elbow of his right arm and was forced to go even more defensive. Meantime, Lewis, having realised that his opponent had a cast-iron jaw, started to work the body, a tactic that ultimately took him to victory.
Both men showed that they could give and take, and although Lewis had been a bit slack according to Boxing he immediately laid claim to the middleweight title.