1941-07-01 Richie Lemos w co 5 (12) Petey Scalzo, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - NBA

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1941-07-01 Richie Lemos w co 5 (12) Petey Scalzo, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA - NBA. Referee: Benny Whitman. While it was probably even coming into the fifth round, Lemos (125¼) switched to southpaw, his natural style, and immediately staggered Scalzo (126) with a corking left which was followed by a torrent of lefts and rights to the head. There was to be no respite, a solid left dropping the champion for a count of ‘nine’. Back up on his feet, Scalzo was set about before another crackerjack of a punch sent him crashing to be counted out on the 2.02 mark.

In mid-October it was reported that Lemos was going to rest up a while due to suffering from brittle hands, but in the next breath it was announced that he would be defending the title against Jackie Wilson in mid-November following two warm-up fights.