1940-07-29 Harry Jeffra w pts 15 Spider Armstrong, Carlin’s Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NY/MARYLAND

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1940-07-29 Harry Jeffra w pts 15 Spider Armstrong, Carlin’s Park, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NY/MARYLAND. Referee: Nat Fleischer. Scorecards: 76-74, 76-74, 78-72. Showing superior strength and conditioning, Jeffra (124½) was given his toughest defence when opposed by the two-fisted Armstrong (125). The Scotch-Canadian pushed all the way, only to be met by overarm rights and solid body blows in what was a see-saw battle in the heat that took a lot out of both men. After the opening third, Jeffra, who had a point deducted in round three, gradually assumed control and in the 12th had Armstrong down from a short right to the jaw. The final three rounds were hectic to say the least and in the 15th Jeffra ripped open a cut on Armstrong’s left eye and swarmed all over him until the final bell and receipt of the unanimous verdict.

With the Maryland promoters looking to arrange a Jeffra defence against Joey Archibald early in 1941, the champion was put out of action after damaging his right hand on 6 January when winning a non-title contest on points over 12 rounds against Bill Speary at the Century AC, Baltimore before coming back towards the end of April in a couple of warm-up contests.