Tony Zale vs. Marcel Cerdan
1948-09-21 : Marcel Cerdan 158 lbs beat Tony Zale 159 lbs by RTD in round 11 of 15
- Location: Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
- Referee: Paul Cavalier
- World Middleweight Title
- Attendance: 19,272
- Gate: $242,840
Zale was floored with a left hook to the jaw at the close of the 11th round and was helped back to his corner by his trainer. Cavalier stopped the fight in between rounds. Cerdan, a 2-1 underdog, becomes the first non-American to hold the Middleweight title in the 20th century. Before the fight, Zale had predicted he would knockout Cerdan within seven rounds.