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Henry Armstrong Fights Draw for Middleweight Crown This Day March 1, 1940

Henry Armstrong Fights Draw for Middleweight Crown This Day March 1, 1940

 

  • Henry Armstrong 142 lbs
  • Ceferino Garcia 153½ lbs
  • PTS in round 10 of 10
  • Location: Gilmore Stadium, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Referee: George Blake

Notes

The fight was recognized as a World Middleweight Title fight only by the California State Athletic Commission. Garcia was also recognized as World Middleweight Champion by the New York State Athletic Commission, but the NYSAC version of the title wasn’t on the line because the fight was scheduled for ten rounds, instead of fifteen.

Most ringsiders felt that Armstrong had clearly won.

According to Boxing: The 20th Century, Armstrong was offered $75,000 to fall in round four.

The referee was the sole judge. This was George Blake’s last assignment as a referee, according to his obituary in the New York Times on Dec. 21, 1952

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