1931-04-14 Young Jack Thompson w rsc 11 (15) Tommy Freeman, Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - WORLD

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1931-04-14 Young Jack Thompson w rsc 11 (15) Tommy Freeman, Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - WORLD. Referee: Eddie Davis. In what was seen as a poor fight, being held in silence for the first eight rounds, the champion got a boxing lesson as Thompson (145¼) flipped in lefts without reply. After Freeman (146¾) was cut over the left eye in the third, Thompson gave a splendid display of mixing up his punches and feinting to take a clear lead into the ninth. It was then that Freeman came on strong with lefts and rights to the body, but he had left it too late and when a hard right from Thompson further damaged his already half-closed right eye in the 11th session the referee called it off during the interval.

Having beaten the new champion and Gorilla Jones in successive fights to become The Ring magazine’s top-rated welterweight in May, Bucky Lawless appeared to be the logical challenger at that moment in time. However, Thompson’s next defence would be against Lou Brouillard, who had outpointed him over ten rounds at the Garden, Boston, Massachusetts in a non-title fight on 23 July 1931, and Lawless’ big chance had gone.