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. Lewis had stopped McCloskey rather unsatisfactorily in three rounds on 1 February (Wagram Theatre, Paris) and undertook to do a better job this time round. Despite the fight carrying no title billing and no weights being given, with both men thought to be inside 158lbs it was an important fight and 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 and it was this tactic that ultimately took him to victory.
Both men showed that they could take punch and although Lewis had been a bit slack according to Boxing he immediately laid claim to the middleweight title.