1900-07-02 (124lbs) Oscar Gardner drew 20 Jack McClelland, Millvale Opera House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
1900-07-02 (124lbs) Oscar Gardner drew 20 Jack McClelland, Millvale Opera House, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Referee: P. J. Gavin. Made at 124lbs, and involving Gardner’s title claim at the weight, the contest was described in the Pittsburgh Gazette as being fast and hard fought. Showing great improvement McClelland fooled all those who reckoned he would be knocked out when boxing well at distance, even holding his own on the inside, where Gardner was a master. There were no knockdowns, but while both men were cut over their eyes they did not allow the injuries to interfere with their intentions. The final session saw both Gardner and McClelland fighting viciously as they looked to impress the referee, and with his fans howling him on the latter matched his rival blow for blow.
Following this, Gardner’s synthetic American title claim at the weight, which had been awarded to him by his manager, was never mentioned again.