1940-09-24 Lou Salica w pts 15 Georgie Pace, The Coliseum, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1940-09-24 Lou Salica w pts 15 Georgie Pace, The Coliseum, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Eddie Joseph. Contesting the vacant title for the second time, the pair were initially wary of each other, but following a slow start Salica (117½) gradually forged his way to the front over the last third, using steady two-handed body attacks interspersed with sharp rights to the head to decide matters. The counter-punching Pace (117½) had some successes, especially early on, when making Salica miss before picking him off with sharp lefts, but after being generally outworked the unanimous points verdict went against him. There were no knockdowns.
Despite being recognised by the NBA and NYSAC as a world championship bout, Nat Fleischer, writing in The Ring magazine, stated that he felt the title should be left vacant because there were several worthy men out there more or equally deserving of an opportunity than either Pace or Salica.