Tony Zale vs. Marcel Cerdan

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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

Fight was named Ring Magazine Fight of the Year
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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.