1950-06-06 Lee Savold w rtd 4 (15) Bruce Woodcock, White City Stadium, Shepherds Bush, London, England - GB/EBU
1950-06-06 Lee Savold w rtd 4 (15) Bruce Woodcock, White City Stadium, Shepherds Bush, London, England - GB/EBU. Referee: Andrew Smythe. Contesting the British version of the world title in front of 50,000 fans, Woodcock (190½) made a fair start with the left jab and got home with solid right hands to the head before Savold (192) began to get his left working well in the second round. Having just about shaded the opening two sessions, Woodcock came out confidently in the third, again using his right to batter down Savold’s defences, but it was now becoming clear that the latter could take whatever came his way without flinching. Early in the fourth Woodcock was cut over the left eye and although he tried to keep Savold at bay the American would not be denied and continued to work on the damaged optic. At the end of the round, with the blood pouring from a three-inch gash that would require several stitches, Woodcock’s corner pulled him out of the contest, knowing full well that the task for their man had become nigh impossible. There would be just one more contest for Woodcock, an 11th-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Jack Gardner that saw him shorn of his British and British Empire heavyweight titles.
Somewhat surprisingly, Savold turned down an offer to meet Ezzard Charles in a contest that would be recognised throughout the world of boxing and was out of the ring for over a year.