1940-10-04 Fritzie Zivic w pts 15 Henry Armstrong, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1940-10-04 Fritzie Zivic w pts 15 Henry Armstrong, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 8-7, 8-7, 8-5. Recognising that the way to beat his opponent was to sidestep his onrushing attacks before landing with solid right uppercuts Zivic won the opening two rounds, but from there up to the end of the ninth with one exception the champion put himself in front by a fair margin. What Armstrong (142) probably did not realise at the time was that Zivic (145½) had been pacing himself, and from the tenth onwards it was his fight as he belted away at a champion, who was unable to see properly from either eye and was swinging like an open gate. By now Zivic was making up the deficit as he battered the swollen-eyed Armstrong at will. Several times Armstrong was asked if he wished to be retired, but he gamely carried on to reach the final bell despite being dropped on to his face just as the fight ended. The unanimous decision in Zivic’s favour was no more than he deserved.

Yet again the lightweight champion, Lew Jenkins, took on a welter champion in a contest which, despite both men weighing inside 147lbs, was contracted as a non-title bout over ten rounds in Madison Square Garden on 20 December. Announced as a draw, Zivic scaled 142½lbs to Jenkins’ 135¼.