1948-07-26 Freddie Mills w pts 15 Gus Lesnevich, White City Stadium, Shepherds Bush, London, England - WORLD
1948-07-26 Freddie Mills w pts 15 Gus Lesnevich, White City Stadium, Shepherds Bush, London, England - WORLD. Referee: Teddy Waltham. A return contest that lacked the thrills and sparkle of the first fight saw Mills (171½) take the referee’s decision by a very close margin. Nat Fleischer of The Ring magazine felt that Mills had won by a point under the British system of scoring, but agreed that had the fight taken place under NYSAC Rules in America the champion would have retained his crown. There was far less action than before, but the two knockdowns that Lesnevich (174¾) suffered in the tenth round and Mills’ fast finish were the deciding factors. Lesnevich was severely handicapped from the opening session onwards after being cut over both eyes, and the extra problems of making the weight ultimately took the sheen off his performance.
With Mills contracted to fight South Africa’s Johnny Ralph in November for the right to meet the British and British Empire heavyweight champion, Bruce Woodcock, during the following summer, the NBA set up an eliminating contest between Joey Maxim and Lesnevich to decide his next opponent. Billed for the American title, Maxim outpointed Lesnevich over 15 rounds at The Garden, Cincinnatti, Ohio on 23 May 1949 and following that the London promoter, Jack Solomons, provisionally booked the winner to meet Mills early in 1950.