1939-09-28 Joey Archibald w pts 15 Harry Jeffra, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - WORLD

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1939-09-28 Joey Archibald w pts 15 Harry Jeffra, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - WORLD. Referee: Benny Leonard. Starting fast, Jeffra (124¼) took five of the first seven rounds before Archibald (124¾) got into his stride and from then on the fight see-sawed to and fro, with first one and then the other getting hard punches off. It was always going to be difficult to find a winner and Nat Fleischer of The Ring magazine gave it to Jeffra by one round on the basis of three big rounds in his favour when he carried the champion before him. Regardless, when the split decision was announced it was Archibald who got it. Archibald forfeited NBA recognition on 29 March 1940 for failing to defend within the six-month ruling against Petey Scalzo, who had earlier been promised first crack at the winner of Archibald v Leo Rodak. Prior to that, Scalzo had already been signed up to meet Jeffra, Simon Chavez or Jimmy Perrin if Archibald declined to fight him. In the event, Jeffra failed to take up the invitation due to him as he was already signed up to meet Archibald on 20 May and Chavez asked for too much money, leaving Scalzo v Perrin as the pairing who would meet for the vacant title on neutral territory. However, on 1 May, after Perrin pulled out when the fight was designated for Washington DC, Scalzo was proclaimed NBA champion. Within days of that announcement, Louisiana announced that they recognised Perrin as world champion and that he would be making his first defence against Bobby Ruffin, whilst Scalzo was matched to defend the NBA crown against Frankie Covelli.