1938-04-25 John Henry Lewis w co 4 (15) Emilio Martinez, The Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NY/NBA/GB

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1938-04-25 John Henry Lewis w co 4 (15) Emilio Martinez, The Auditorium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NY/NBA/GB. Referee: Britt Gorman. Jabbing and moving with great skill, Lewis (174¾) hurt Martinez (174) badly in the opening session before scoring at will with telling lefts and rights in the second and third rounds. In the fourth, Lewis, having set Martinez up with the left, caught him flush with a right to the jaw, a punch that saw the challenger counted out on the 0.54 mark.

On 27 July, Lewis was warned that he would forfeit NYSAC recognition under the six-monthly defence ruling after refusing to fight in the ‘Empire City’. He was then given until the end of October to defend in New York. At the same time the NYSAC named Tiger Jack Fox, Gus Lesnevich, Melio Bettina and Al Gainer, who was already contracted to challenge Lewis for the title, as the men they would be selecting to contest the vacant title if need be. This action, which was followed by Lewis taking the NYSAC to the Supreme Court, resulted in him being granted the right to appeal against the NYSAC’s decision.