1904-01-16 (120lbs) George Dixon w co 8 (20) Cockney Cohen, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England

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1904-01-16 (120lbs) George Dixon w co 8 (20) Cockney Cohen, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Referee: Tom Gamble. Billed for the world 120lbs title, and a return fight, Cohen was allowed not to weigh in despite looking to be well over the weight. Dixon got away well, scoring cleverly with rights and lefts, but before too long they were mixing it freely until a head clash left the man known as ‘Little Chocolate’ cut on the forehead. Regardless of the blood running down his face Dixon continued to mix it with Cohen, and at the end of the sixth he dropped the Londoner with solid blows to the body. Nothing much happened in the seventh, but in the eighth the referee was continually breaking the men apart prior to Cohen being sent down three times from body punches, the final occasion seeing him counted out. It was no secret that most observers thought that Cohen took a dive, which fitted in well with the stories going around that the promoter, James Lowes, was reputed to be a fixer.

On 18 May, Johnny Summers was reported in the Mirror of Life to have claimed the English 120lbs title despite not beating the leading men at the weight.

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