1941-07-28 Harry Weekly w pts 15 Quentin Baby Breese, The Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - LOUISIANA
1941-07-28 Harry Weekly w pts 15 Quentin Baby Breese, The Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - LOUISIANA. Referee: Red Dolan. Scorecards: 142-140, 141-139, 135-135. The New Orleans Daily Picayune, in their pre-fight report, summed up that for his bout against Breese it would be the first time Weekly had been below the 140lbs mark. The paper went on to say that the winner would be presented with a gold belt. Starting fast, Weekly (139¾) forced the issue over the first two thirds, his right under the heart being his most effective blow in the middle sessions, while Breese (138¾) came on strong in the last five rounds as the New Orleans lad weakened. In the final session Breese belted Weekly all over the ring, but somehow the latter held on to win a disputed decision.
There was no doubting that Weekly had great difficulty making 140lbs, and this was to be his only contest at the weight before he was inducted into the US Army in May 1942, his claim to the title being abandoned.
With the weight class clearly out of favour, and with war raging throughout the world, it would be another four years before there was further activity. The December edition of The Ring magazine stated that the little-known American Boxing Federation recognised Ohio’s Jackie Taylor as champion. This could hardly be taken seriously as Taylor had won just five of ten starts while competing at lightweight.