1914-12-22 (158lbs) Al McCoy nd-l pts 10 Soldier Bartfield, Broadway SC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA

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1914-12-22 (158lbs) Al McCoy nd-l pts 10 Soldier Bartfield, Broadway SC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Although McCoy (156½) got his left haymaker working overtime, unable to put Bartfield (146¾) away the latter, who had a clear advantage in at least seven rounds, was still strong and fighting hard at the finish.

When McCoy met Joe Borrell (nd-w pts 6 at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 25 January 1915), while he scaled 156¾lbs his opponent came in just above the middleweight limit at 158¼. This seemed strange bearing in mind that Borrell was looking to lay claim to the 158lbs title.

Although not involving the title, a ten-round no-decision contest of much interest pitted McCoy (158½) against Al Thiel (160¼) at the Broadway SC on 16 February 1915. McCoy, who was given the press decision, used to be managed by Jack Dougherty, but after he successfully picked up George Chip’s title claim Dan Morgan became his manager and Dougherty was shown the door. Extremely angry at being treated in such a way, Dougherty had the name of one of his young middleweights legally changed from Al Thiel to 'Al McCoy' and he became known as the 'New' Al McCoy, thus creating a problem with billing, especially as he also came from Brooklyn, NYC, New York.

Another fight for McCoy that could have involved his title claim came against Silent Martin (nd-l pts 10 at the Broadway SC on 23 March 1915). According to some reports, Martin scaled 153lbs to McCoy’s 163, while other papers gave the weights in reverse order.

On 6 April 1915, in a return match, McCoy (157) lost the ten-round newspaper decision to George Chip (159) at the Broadway SC, Brooklyn. Press reports stated that although Chip did all the leading from the second round onwards, twice dropping McCoy in the ninth, he was unable to finish his man off. Regardless of the fact that it was contested above 158lbs, had McCoy been beaten inside the distance his title claim would have been further weakened.