1936-03-13 John Henry Lewis w pts 15 Jock McAvoy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB
1936-03-13 John Henry Lewis w pts 15 Jock McAvoy, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA/GB. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Outreached and carrying a badly injured right hand into the fight, McAvoy (168¼) put up a terrific display and was well in the running before the novocaine wore off in the middle rounds, forcing him to concentrate on defence. Lewis (172¼) was a master at long range, but once the problems of the challenger surfaced he hit his man with all the punches in the book and it was only the bobbing and weaving style of the Englishman, coupled to his toughness, that kept him upright. Even though the decision was unanimous in favour of Lewis the crowd booed vociferously.
For some reason known only to themselves the IBU announced at their congress on 8 August that they would recognise the winner of the forthcoming European title fight between Heinz Lazek and Gustave Roth as world champion.