Babe Risko vs. Freddie Steele (1st meeting)

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Babe Risko 162 lbs lost to Freddie Steele 161 lbs by UD in round 10 of 10

"The world middleweight regime of champion Eddie (Babe) Risko teetered nearer collapse today before the challenge of Freddie Steele. Employing his dynamite right to good advantage, Steele won six rounds to Risko's one in a sizzling 10 round non-title fight before 9,500 fans at Civic Arena last night to win a decision from the champion and align himself alongside Jock McAvoy as one of the two leading contenders for the 160 lb. title. Risko was marked and bleeding from Steele's slashing right hand shots as he left the ring. Although the champion battled gamely throughout, the eyes and cheers of the partisan crowd were all for the Tacoma slugger." - United Press