1938-10-24 Leo Rodak w pts 15 Freddie Miller, Turner’s Arena, Washington DC, USA - MARYLAND

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1938-10-24 Leo Rodak w pts 15 Freddie Miller, Turner’s Arena, Washington DC, USA - MARYLAND. Referee: Harry Volkman. Miller (124¾) appeared to win many of the early rounds as Rodak (124) seemed bemused by the former champion’s southpaw stance, but once the Maryland recognised champion had fathomed him out the challenger was pounded all over the ring. Several times Miller was on the verge of a kayo defeat. With Miller exhausted at the end of the 12th, his manager, Pete Reilly, jumped into the ring complaining that the padding on one of Rodak’s gloves had burst inwardly, thus giving his charge five minutes invaluable rest as the gloves were changed. A refreshed Miller beat Rodak about the body and cut his right eye in the 13th before the latter took control over the remaining two sessions to gain the unanimous decision.

Rodak was appointed the NBA champion on 10 November after Joey Archibald, the NYSAC titleholder, had refused to give the body an affirmative regarding a unification fight.

On 4 November, at the Fitzroy Stadium, Melbourne, Australia, Claude Varner knocked out Mickey Miller in the ninth round of a fight given world title billing by the promoter. Following his win, Varner was accorded no recognition outside of Melbourne, let alone the rest of Australia, and any claim he may have had quickly disintegrated. Advertised as the first title bout in Australia since the heavyweight battle between Tommy Burns and Jack Johnson, while conveniently forgetting the bantamweight fight between Star Frisco and Miller on 27 August, it was contested over 15 rounds, with Miller coming in at 123½lbs to Varner's 126. Even when Varner was outpointed over 12 rounds by Jackie Wilson at the same venue on 11 March 1939 there was no title billing and no mention of a claim despite both men being inside 126lbs. Following the fight, the Australian press were most critical of the NYSAC in the making of champions in a haphazard fashion, stating that Australia and other countries should be able to do likewise.