3 May (118lbs) Pete Herman nd-w pts 10 Harry Coulin, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA
3 May (118lbs) Pete Herman nd-w pts 10 Harry Coulin, Broadway Auditorium, Buffalo, New York, USA. Herman’s title claim was at risk with both men inside 118lbs and he did everything but knock Coulin out, having him in a helpless condition in the fifth, eighth and tenth rounds. Herman was a revelation, especially on the inside, and he seemed to be able to hit Coulin as and where he pleased.
On 14 May at the Lakeside Auditorium, Racine, Wisconsin, Herman, weighing 118½lbs, risked his title claim in a no-decision affair against Johnny Coulon (109¼) before winning by a third-round stoppage. In other matches made at 118lbs where it is unclear about the weights of the fighters, Herman was confident enough to take on Kid Williams (nd-l pts 6 on 13 June 1917 at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and then Jack Douglas (nd-w pts 10 on 21 August 1917 at the Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana). When Herman beat Nate Jackson (nd-w pts 10 on 3 September at the Baseball Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma), the Tulsa World, despite not mentioning weights, reported that he had no trouble at all in defending his 118lbs championship claim in what was Oklahoma’s first world title bout. Regarding the weights, the paper went on to say that Jackson scaled 116lbs, while Herman came in heavier.