1940-06-21 Henry Armstrong w rsc 3 (15) Paul Junior, Arena AA, Portland, Maine, USA - WORLD
1940-06-21 Henry Armstrong w rsc 3 (15) Paul Junior, Arena AA, Portland, Maine, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny Martin. The first world title bout to be held in Maine saw Junior (142½) being given another crack at Armstrong (144) despite having failed to win the title in their previous meeting just two months earlier. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of whether he deserved another opportunity or not, the stubborn Junior made a reasonable start when holding the champion even in the opening two rounds before coming apart at the seams in the third. Starting the session in whirlwind fashion Armstrong soon had Junior under severe pressure, and after being dropped four times the referee came to the latter’s aid.
On 17 July, at the Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, Armstrong (139) forced Lew Jenkins (135½), who held the NYSAC version of the lightweight title, to retire at the end of the sixth round. However, the meeting was contracted specifically as a non-title contest, both men to be inside 140lbs, thus not involving the welterweight championship.