1912-12-04 (158lbs) Eddie McGoorty nd-w pts 10 Mike Gibbons, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA

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1912-12-04 (158lbs) Eddie McGoorty nd-w pts 10 Mike Gibbons, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Billy Joh. Billed for the middleweight title, Gibbons (148¼) was never in the hunt after the fifth as McGoorty (155), realising that he could not be hurt, constantly followed his rival around the ring and gave him little breathing space. As it turned out, McGoorty was too heavy for Gibbons and too powerful a hitter to be outflanked by the latter’s classy boxing, generally roughing his man up in the clinches to win at least six of the rounds on offer.

On 27 February 1913, McGoorty picked up a ten-round press draw with Gus Christie at the Armory, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Sentinel reported that Christie was inside the 158lbs required to enforce McGoorty to defend his title claim. However, there was nothing at stake as it was a catchweight contest with Christie weighing 160lbs to McGoorty’s 168.

Another fight for McGoorty where he was above 158lbs while his opponent came in below was against Young Mahoney (nd-w pts 10 at the Grand Opera House, Superior, Wisconsin on 5 March). The Superior Telegram reported that McGoorty was forced to step lively in order to hold up the challenger, who was at the weight.

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