1898-01-29 Frank Childs w rtd 2 (6) Bob Armstrong, Athletic Association Gym, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1898-01-29 Frank Childs w rtd 2 (6) Bob Armstrong, Athletic Association Gym, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Referee: George Siler. Only a six rounder, but the ‘black’ title changed hands on the result after Armstrong gave up in the second round. Having dropped Armstrong in the first, Childs tore into his rival in the second and put him down again with a right to the jaw. Getting up at ‘nine’ Armstrong was soon under attack and after being badly hurt he fell down, signalling that he did not wish to continue.

Childs next risked his ‘black’ title claim in Chicago six rounders at the Athletic Association Arena against George Grant (w pts 6 on 7 February) and Klondike (on 26 February}. Depending on what papers you read the fight against Klondike ended in Childs’ favour by a disqualification, either in the third or fourth round. On 3 June at Tattersall’s, Chicago, Childs put his ‘black’ title claim at risk against Charley Strong over six rounds before the contest ended in a draw.