1898-09-14 George Byers w pts 20 Frank Childs, Lenox AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1898-09-14 George Byers w pts 20 Frank Childs, Lenox AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Charlie White. Billed for the ‘black’ title, with Childs’ claim on the line, Byers made a good start and had his rival bleeding badly from damage to the left eye in the fourth round caused by a succession of left jabs. Continuing to play on the injury, Byers moved ahead as Childs, whose eye was closed shut as the fight moved along, held on to reach the final bell after failing to find a finishing blow.
As in other instances, Childs did not let a defeat get in the way of his ‘black’ title aspirations and he carried on defending his claim, against Charley Strong (w pts 6 at the American AA, Chicago, Illinois on 8 November 1898), Joe Butler (w disq 2 at Tattersall’s Club, Chicago on 21 January 1899) and Bob Armstrong (w rtd 6 at the Stag AC, Cincinnati, Ohio on 4 March 1899).
On 6 June 1899 Childs suffered a shock four-round knockout defeat at the hands of Jim Janey at Steubner’s Road House, Washington DC, effectively putting an end his ‘black’ title claim at that moment in time. We do not know whether Janey was calling himself the ‘black’ champion after this, but we do know that he was knocked out inside 12 rounds by Billy Peyton in Bladensburg, Maryland on 12 September 1899.