1940-05-24 Henry Armstrong w rsc 5 (15) Ralph Zannelli, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD
1940-05-24 Henry Armstrong w rsc 5 (15) Ralph Zannelli, The Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny Martin. Although Zannelli (145½) made an aggressive start, possibly shading the first round, he was soon under pressure as the champion’s two-handed attacks forced him back and he began to take a real lacing. Dropped in the second and third, Zannelli made the mistake of trying to close Armstrong (140½) down and paid the price when being punched around from all kinds of angles and it was only when he went to range that he found brief success. It couldn’t continue though and in the fifth, having already been floored for the third time, Zannelli was almost out when back on his feet before being rescued by the referee on the 1.10 mark.