1901-01-15 (130lbs) Art Simms w pts 20 Eddie Gardner, Armory Theatre, Massillon, Ohio, USA
1901-01-15 (130lbs) Art Simms w pts 20 Eddie Gardner, Armory Theatre, Massillon, Ohio, USA. Referee: Ed McKean. With both men inside the stipulated 130lbs, Simms’ American title claim at the weight was at risk and he made a good start before Gardner began to share the points with him. Then, in the eighth, Simms was hurt by a body blow and seeing that the referee was not going to allow a foul he went down for ‘nine’. Taking a breather, Simms went quiet for several rounds, but in the 13th he was fighting with renewed confidence and although unable to knock Gardner out the referee’s decision was his.
After knocking out Crocky Boyle at 133lbs at the Avenue Theatre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 4 February, Simms set sail for England, where he challenged all at 126 and 132lbs. However, unable to get a fight he returned to America.