1940-03-04 Georgie Pace drew 15 Lou Salica, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada - NBA/NY
1940-03-04 Georgie Pace drew 15 Lou Salica, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada - NBA/NY. Referee: Billy Burke. With the veteran New Yorker swarming two-handedly into the attack, most of the fans thought that he had done enough in what was a hard-fought contest for the vacant title, but all three judges disagreed when making it a draw. While all agreed it had been a close run thing, those sitting ringside had a different perspective on who won, believing Pace’s telling counters gave him the edge.
Having retained his title under the auspices of the NBA and in an effort to help clear up the title mess, Pace (118) agreed to give Salica (118) a rematch later in the year, this time in New York. Interestingly, for the above contest, the Ring Record Book recorded that Pace came in over the weight at 118¼lbs, while the Toronto Daily Star reported that both men were spot on the championship weight.