1942-06-20 Freddie Mills w co 2 (15) Len Harvey, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London, England - GB
1942-06-20 Freddie Mills w co 2 (15) Len Harvey, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London, England - GB. Referee: Eugene Henderson. Inactive since winning the British version of the world title almost three years earlier, and rapidly approaching 35 years of age, Harvey (171¼) was no match for the 22-year-old Mills (173½). Having ended the first round with a crunching left hook to Harvey’s jaw, after Mills tore out for the second he soon had the champion on the floor, a similar punch doing the damage. Although Harvey got to his feet he was again under siege, and after taking several solid blows he was sent crashing through the ropes before being counted out on the 53 second mark, still outside the ring.
With the war raging in Europe Mills had just six more contests, including an unsuccessful crack at the vacant British and British Empire heavyweight titles against Jack London, before arriving home from service in India and being matched in March 1946 against Gus Lesnevich in order to decide the championship. According to The Ring magazine ratings of the time only Archie Moore was considered to be in front of Mills, but with the latter claiming a share of the world title his match-up with Lesnevich was the most logical one to get out of the way first. Although Moore, who was considered to be the division’s danger man, would eventually get a crack at the world title it would not be for another six years and 66 fights.