1938-11-25 Henry Armstrong w pts 15 Ceferino Garcia, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1938-11-25 Henry Armstrong w pts 15 Ceferino Garcia, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 9-6, 9-6, 8-7. Giving away over 12 pounds to the dangerous Garcia (146½), the champion took the fight to his foe right from the opening bell regardless of the weight difference, pouring in punches with both hands at close quarters to nullify much of what came his way. At times Garcia gave as good as he got. In the 12th he came close to knocking Armstrong (134) out with slamming right hands to the head, but somehow the latter recovered his equilibrium, bobbed and weaved, and pushed on in the last two rounds to fully deserve the unanimous decision that eventually came his way. There was no doubt that Garcia was at his best when he was able to shake Armstrong off, but he missed a golden opportunity by not giving himself room to fire off his heavy rights. Despite being booed by a certain section of the crowd at the finish Armstrong had again proved himself to be the best man in the division, while Garcia announced that having to take off weight had hindered him. He went on to say that in future he would be fighting at 158lbs.

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