1912-03-30 (158lbs) Frank Mantell w pts 20 Jack Herrick, Pacific AC, Vernon Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA

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1912-03-30 (158lbs) Frank Mantell w pts 20 Jack Herrick, Pacific AC, Vernon Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA. While the Los Angeles Times reported the contest as being another round in the elimination series at 158bs, Mantell, whose title claim at the weight was on the line for this one, lost much credibility in putting up a poor display. Although victorious again he was not widely accepted as being championship material. Even though Herrick was marginally ahead after seven rounds from there onwards it was all downhill as Mantell battered him from the waist up, but despite hitting him with all he had he could not finish him off. Mantell’s best chance of an early night came in the 16th when a solid right smashed against Herrick’s jaw and forced him to hold on for dear life. Not the best of fighters to watch, Mantell specialised in wearing opponents down by his clutching tactics.

On 9 April, at the Athletic Club, Marysville, California, Mantell, well over 158lbs, risked his title claim against Russell Kane before securing an eight-round kayo win.

Another contest for Mantell that was reported in some quarters as involving the title came when he drew over 20 rounds with Cyclone Johnny Thompson at Buffalo Park, Sacramento, California on 3 July. Billed as a catchweight contest, the Sacramento Union reported that Mantell came to the ring somewhere in the region of 160lbs with Thompson a good 12 pounds heavier.

A contest against Vic Hansen at the Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah on 15 July, which ended in a 20-round draw, was thought by some to have involved the title. Hansen may well have made 158lbs, but Mantell stated that he would probably come in around 161lbs.