1941-05-12 Joey Archibald w pts 15 Harry Jeffra, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - NY/MARYLAND
1941-05-12 Joey Archibald w pts 15 Harry Jeffra, Griffith Stadium, Washington DC, USA - NY/MARYLAND. Referee: Eddie Lafond. Having been the aggressor most of the way, with Archibald (123) content to hold and occasionally use the left hook to advantage, it was some shock at the end of the scrap when the referee gave his vote to Jeffra (123¾), while the two judges saw the challenger as the winner. Writing in The Ring magazine, Nate Phillips reported that in his opinion Jeffra’s general aggression, relentless body attacks, harder punching and fast closing finish won him the fight. Both men were penalised for low blows, Jeffra twice and Archibald once.
Although some record books such as the Boxing News Annual showed Jeffra’s 12-round points win over Lou Transparenti at The Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland on 15 September as being a world championship fight, in truth it only involved the Maryland State title as well as being recognised as an eliminator for the New York/Maryland version of the title.