1913-01-01 Luther McCarty w co18 (20) Al Palzer, Vernon Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA

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1913-01-01 Luther McCarty w co18 (20) Al Palzer, Vernon Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA. Referee: Charles Eyton. This was considered to be the final of the 'white' tournament following wins by McCarty over Al Kaufman and Fireman Jim Flynn, and Palzer’s third-round kayo of the British champion, Bombardier Billy Wells. Prior to those contests McCarty had eliminated Carl Morris, while Palzer had quick wins over Tom Kennedy and Kaufman.

In spite of his superior height, weight and reach advantages Palzer (227) was no match for McCarty (205), who was just too clever for him. For much of the time McCarty used him as a punch bag, especially from the 13th onwards. Both men were cut. However, by the 18th Palzer was reeling around the ring unable to see through the blood pouring into his eyes, which left the referee with no other option than stopping the fight. There had been no knockdowns, but there was only going to be one winner. Palzer had just three more fights before being tragically shot dead by his father on 26 July 1914.

On 16 April, McCarty risked his newly won title against Flynn (nd-w pts 6 at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), cutting the latter up and winning easily.