1924-01-18 Harry Greb w pts 15 Johnny Wilson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1924-01-18 Harry Greb w pts 15 Johnny Wilson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Purdy. Up until the seventh round the challenger looked a sure winner, having sickened Greb (159) with terrific southpaw lefts to the body while setting him up for an eventual knockout. Inexplicably, Wilson (159) started to go on the back foot in the seventh, a tactic that encouraged Greb to swarm all over him. Rattled and carrying a badly damaged left eye, Wilson resorted to fouling while possibly looking for a way out. To his credit, Greb, ignoring the low blows, went on to take the unanimous points decision. While other sources show Patsy Haley as being the referee, I have stayed with Purdy for the time being.
Matched to fight Fay Keiser at the Armory, Baltimore, Maryland on 24 March in a contracted title bout, an oversight saw Greb, believing it to be a catchweight contest, weigh-in at 173lbs. Obviously, the Maryland Boxing Commission took a firm stance, but with Keiser (158½lbs) willing to accept the weight difference and with the promoter anxious for the fight to go ahead they demanded that Greb put his title at stake. Thus, under threat of suspension, Greb, his weight announced as being 159½lbs, stepped up to secure victory when winning via a 12th-round stoppage.