1897-12-17 (158lbs) Charles Kid McCoy w rtd 16 (25) Dan Creedon, Puritan AC, Queens, NYC, New York, USA

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1897-12-17 (158lbs) Kid McCoy w rtd 16 (25) Dan Creedon, Puritan AC, Queens, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Sam Austin. With Bob Fitzsimmons recognised as being unable to make 158lbs any longer, the promoters billed this as a battle to decide the middleweight championship at that weight. Surprisingly made at catchweights, despite the fact that the New York Herald had earlier called it hardly legitimate they later reclassified it as being one of the most important fights since the days of Jack Dempsey. Although pre-fight newspaper reports stating that McCoy was expected to make 160lbs to Creedon’s 165, the official announcement at ringside was that McCoy had scaled 155½lbs to Creedon’s 157. Having advantages in height and reach, McCoy used them well against the stocky Creedon, jabbing lefts to the head and reaching for the body, and was always in control. In round nine, heavy left swings opened up a cut over Creedon’s left eye and in the 11th the latter was sent to the floor following a right to the head. Creedon’s eye was bleeding freely by now and in the 15th McCoy saw his opportunity and dropped the New Zealander in his own corner. Only just making it to his feet in time, Creedon was now at McCoy’s mercy and although he managed to make it to the end of the session he was unable to respond to the start of the 16th and was retired by his corner.