1941-08-26 Gus Lesnevich w pts 15 Tami Mauriello, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA
1941-08-26 Gus Lesnevich w pts 15 Tami Mauriello, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Eddie Joseph. Scorecards: 8-7, 8-6, 5-10. Almost beaten before he started, having been dropped by a tremendous left hook in the second round for a count of ‘nine’, Mauriello (170¾) came right back to give the NBA champion all manner of problems. One judge had him winning by five rounds, which was supported by Nat Fleischer of The Ring magazine, and there was so much all-round confusion when the decision was announced that both men signed up for an immediate return. From the third session, Mauriello was very much back in the fight and apart from the eighth when Lesnevich (175) scored heavily he was the one forcing the action. Leading with conviction Mauriello had the flat-footed Lesnevich, who’d had trouble making the weight, under real pressure in the final four rounds, but it was not to be.
After beating Red Burman a day later, Booker Beckwith took over The Ring magazine’s number-one spot and despite being beaten by two heavyweights in Bob Pastor and Melio Bettina he maintained it until knocked out inside nine rounds by Ezzard Charles. During that period Beckwith had beaten Joey Maxim, but would never attain such lofty heights again.