1942-11-20 Willie Pep w pts 15 Chalky Wright, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY
1942-11-20 Willie Pep w pts 15 Chalky Wright, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY. Referee: Arthur Donovan. Scorecards: 10-4, 11-4, 11-4. Put simply, Pep (125½) literally ran away with the title as he boxed on the back foot non-stop along the ropes and in and out of corners, flicking out the left-hand to secure the verdict. Apart from rounds five through to seven, when Wright (125¾) cut Pep’s left eye and beat him around the body to shade the rounds, the challenger kept running to leave the older man punching away at thin air. For the many spectators, apart from Pep’s fans, it was a disappointment as they expected to see a champion crowned coming forward not in retreat.
At the end of November, The Ring magazine ratings had Mike Raffa as the number-one contender following three consecutive wins over Joe Marinelli, Joey Archibald and Bobby Poison Ivy. Told if he beat Lulu Costantino a title match would be assured, Raffa was outpointed over ten rounds at the Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 1 December, and after being called up for World War Two as a serving soldier and not boxing again until 1945 his big chance had gone.