1901-07-04 (159lbs) George Gardner w rtd 3 (20) Jack Moffat, Old Baseball Ground, San Francisco, California, USA

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1901-07-04 (159lbs) George Gardner w rtd 3 (20) Jack Moffat, Old Baseball Ground, San Francisco, California, USA. Advertised for the middleweight title according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Gardner (158) and Moffat (156) failed to conform to the Articles of Agreement when they weighed in only four hours before the action got underway. The fight saw Moffat down in the first round from a right to the jaw before he dislocated his left shoulder and retired from the fray in the third. This was the third time Moffat had dislocated his left shoulder, and following two more contests he was forced to retire.

Regardless of any claim at 158lbs coming in from Gardner, with Tommy Ryan now generally recognised as champion there would have been little support for him outside California, especially after he lost a 20-round points decision to Joe Walcott (who was well inside the middleweight limit) on 27 September at the Mechanic’s Pavilion, San Francisco.

Following that, at the same venue on 31 January 1902, Gardner lost to another future light heavyweight champion, Jack Root, on a seventh-round disqualification in an advertised 158lbs title fight, despite the articles calling for catchweights. With neither man making the weight, Gardner continued his career in the new light heavyweight division.