1938-02-19 Freddie Steele w rtd 7 (15) Carmen Barth, The Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NY/NBA
1938-02-19 Freddie Steele w rtd 7 (15) Carmen Barth, The Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Jim Braddock. Getting away fast, Barth (159¼) won the opening four rounds when forcing Steele (159) to cover up on several occasions from heavy left-handed attacks and it was not until the sixth that the champion got into his stride. That session saw Barth down three times, with stiff punches from both hands doing the damage. Although fighting back gamely in the seventh, it was not long before the former Olympic champion was in trouble again and he was eventually dropped for ‘eight’. On rising and taking a battering, Barth was floored by a thudding right to the head, whereupon his corner reacted quickly by throwing the towel in on the 2.19 mark.
In May 1938, Steele was stripped of his New York title belt for continuing to refuse Fred Apostoli a crack at it and the latter was eventually matched against Young Corbett 111 to decide a new champion.