1938-11-18 Fred Apostoli w rsc 8 (15) Young Corbett 111, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY

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1938-11-18 Fred Apostoli w rsc 8 (15) Young Corbett 111, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY]. Referee: Eddie Joseph. Having quickly solved the challenger’s southpaw style, by the third round Apostoli (159) was hammering his man to the body and generally working him over. It was clear to see that there was no way this one was going to go the distance and it came as no surprise when the referee stepped in to save Corbett from taking further punishment at 1.21 of the eighth round. Prior to the referee stepping in, Corbett (159½) had been decked twice in the seventh and again in the eighth, when he collapsed in a neutral corner after a savage assault had mown him down.

It was announced at the end of the first week of August 1939 that Apostoli would be making his first defence against Ceferino Garcia. While Apostoli had taken part in seven non-title contests, losing to Billy Conn twice, Garcia had had only moved up to middleweight at the start of the year after failing to relieve Henry Armstrong of the welterweight crown. Garcia certainly warranted his opportunity, and having beaten Lloyd Marshall (twice), Walter Woods and Bobby Pacho (twice), he had become the leading contender.