1939-07-10 Len Harvey w pts 15 Jock McAvoy, White City Stadium, Shepherds Bush, London, England - GB

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1939-07-10 Len Harvey w pts 15 Jock McAvoy, White City Stadium, Shepherds Bush, London, England - GB. Referee: Charlie Thomas. Coming together for the fourth time, all 15 rounders, and also involving the British and British Empire titles, McAvoy (171) made the early pace, while Harvey (174) stood back with the left jab, relying on a superb defence to break down the latter’s aggression. McAvoy appeared to be leading at the half-way stage, but Harvey, damaged around both eyes, came back strongly to land telling blows to head and body from then on and survived a battering in the 13th round to earn the referee’s decision, which was roundly booed.

With the war looming, Harvey joined the RAF and had, to all intents and purposes, retired when he was called upon to defend the British version of the title in June 1942 against the younger Freddie Mills, who was also serving in the RAF. Mills had taken part in 74 contests (58 wins, ten losses and six draws) and had recently stopped McAvoy (w rsc 1 on 23 February 1942 at the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London) in an official eliminator for the British, British Empire and world titles, all currently held by Harvey.

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