1908-01-01 (120/122lbs) Abe Attell drew 25 Owen Moran, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA
1908-01-01 (120/122lbs) Abe Attell drew 25 Owen Moran, Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: James J. Jeffries. Made at 120lbs, a weight that suited Attell more than it did Moran, it was billed as a battle between the champions of America and England to decide the featherweight title. Although the recognised limit in America was by now 122lbs, Moran, who was desperate to have a crack at Attell, signed the articles in order to get the fight. At the weigh-in, after Moran came in a couple of ounces over the 120lbs limit he was forced to pay a forfeit regardless of the fact that it was considered to be a 122lbs championship match. The fight itself was furiously contested, and at the final bell the referee was unable to separate the pair, stating that although Attell (119) had slightly the better of the points it was not enough to justify a decision in his favour. Strong and aggressive, Moran (120¼) was after Attell right from the start, looking to get the inside rail where he could do damage to the body, while the latter used the left jab as both an attacking and defensive weapon. While there were no knockdowns both men fought to their utmost, with the final session proving to be the most exciting of the lot.
After the fight, Bat Masterson, writing in the New York Daily Telegraph, claimed that Attell had no real right to the world title, having merely assumed the right to be called champion. With Moran continuing to claim the British version of the 122lbs title, Attell was seen as the American titleholder only.