1937-09-11 Freddie Steele w co 4 (15) Ken Overlin, Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA - NY/NBA
1937-09-11 Freddie Steele w co 4 (15) Ken Overlin, Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Tommy Clark. With the fight having been postponed twice previously, alarm bells were going off when Overlin (160) came to the scales one and a half pounds over the weight. It then took him two attempts before he was ready to meet the champion. Not surprisingly, Overlin fought a careful battle against a noted puncher in Steele (157¼), but after taking the opening two rounds he staggered the latter with a cracking right to the body and followed it up with a solid right to the jaw just as the bell rang to end the third. It did not take Steele long to recognise the danger signs, and at the start of the fourth he took full advantage of his first real opening to hurt Overlin with a left. On following this up with another big left that dazed Overlin, two bullet-like rights saw the challenger counted out on one knee 20 seconds into the session.
On 23 November, with both Gorilla Jones and the Alabama Kid trying to get a crack at Steele, they met at the Memorial Hall, Springfield, Ohio in a billed ‘black’ title fight. The Kid, who had been claiming the title since the beginning of the year, won on points over ten rounds before repeating the performance on 9 June 1938 at another Memorial Hall, this time in Dover, Ohio. Following that, the Kid packed his bags bound for Australasia where he remained for close on ten years.