1946-05-14 Gus Lesnevich w rsc 10 (15) Freddie Mills, The Arena, Harringay, London, England - WORLD
1946-05-14 Gus Lesnevich w rsc 10 (15) Freddie Mills, The Arena, Harringay, London, England - WORLD. Referee: Eugene Henderson. In a fight that would be remember for a long time by all those who saw it, Lesnevich (175) came back from the brink to beat the British champion and unify the title. Dropped four times in the second round, Mills (174) finished the session in a parlous state when having great difficulty in finding his corner. Despite that, Mills came right back in the third with solid blows of his own to have Lesnevich carrying a cut and badly swollen left eye and went on to outbox the American champion for the next few rounds and break his nose in the sixth. Lesnevich, though, remained strong and by the end of the ninth he was having some success before opening up in the tenth to have Mills in real trouble. Three times Mills went to the canvas from rights to the jaw and with just four seconds of the round remaining the referee had seen enough and rescued the Englishman halfway through the final count.
Managed by Blinky Palermo, an underworld figure, Billy Fox, who had a fantastic record with 43 inside the distance wins from 43 starts, was chosen to be Lesnevich’s next defence.