1940-01-04 Henry Armstrong w co 5 (15) Joe Ghnouly, Municipal Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD
1940-01-04 Henry Armstrong w co 5 (15) Joe Ghnouly, Municipal Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA - WORLD. Referee: Harry Cook. Given a crack at the 147lbs championship despite being a lowly-ranked lightweight, Ghnouly (135½) was quickly cut down to size as Armstrong (136¾) swarmed all over him from the opening bell. There was virtually no let up as the punches thudded in from all angles, Ghnouly being dropped three times in the opening round before fighting his way back in summary fashion. Downed again in the fourth and saved by the bell, he came out for the fifth, showing some resistance, prior to being counted out at 1.34 of the session.
Strange, when you consider the world already had a coloured champion in Armstrong that a fight between the Cocoa Kid and Holman Williams, won on points over 15 rounds by the former at the Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland on 11 January, was advertised as being for the vacant ‘black’ title. While the title itself was not taken too seriously the result elevated the Kid to number two in The Ring Ratings, one above Williams, and would lend him much support in his quest to meet Armstrong.