1940-09-23 Henry Armstrong w co 4 (15) Phil Furr, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - WORLD
1940-09-23 Henry Armstrong w co 4 (15) Phil Furr, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ray Powen. Showing plenty of courage, Furr (147) stood up to the incessant attacks of the champion before being counted out at 1.45 of the fourth, having been down twice earlier in that round. He had also been dropped twice in the third. Right from the start, Armstrong (145) bulled his man around, slamming in blows to all sections of the body and mixing his attacks up with short rights to the jaw, until it became just a matter of time that the contest would be concluded. Prior to being knocked out for the first time in a long career, Furr constantly went toe-to-toe with Armstrong, regardless of the blows coming his way, and received much applause at the finish.
Tired of waiting for the Cocoa Kid to be granted a title shot by Armstrong, the Maryland Boxing Commission ruled that they would recognise the winner of a contest set for 14 October between the Kid and Izzy Jannazzo as a world title fight. The Kid had wins over men such as Holman Williams, Jimmy Leto and Furr during the year and fully warranted a crack at the championship, while Jannazzo had outpointed both Williams and Steve Mamakos in his last couple of fights.