1923-05-30 Jack Bernstein w pts 15 Johnny Dundee, The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA
1923-05-30 Jack Bernstein w pts 15 Johnny Dundee, The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Patsy Haley. In a toe-to-toe battle from first to last with neither man giving ground, even though Bernstein (128) was floored by a left to the chin in the third round he landed more punches to fully deserve the unanimous decision and the title. There was no doubting the challenger’s tactics of working non-stop from head to body, but Dundee (128½) played into his hands by not standing back occasionally and countering, thus being unable to change the tempo.
On 25 June, at the Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bernstein (129lbs) kayoed Freddie Jacks (130lbs) inside five rounds, but regardless of it being a no-decision fight of eight rounds duration Bernstein’s title claim was technically at risk had he lost.
Just over two weeks later, on 10 July, Bernstein was given the newspaper decision after ten rounds of boxing at The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri against Harry Kabakoff, having been dropped in the opening session. Although the local man came in at 127¾ there was no chance of him landing the title had he won due to the match being made at 132lbs. Despite that, the St Louis Daily Globe-Democrat reported that had Kabakoff won inside the distance he would have wrested the title from Bernstein.