1901-06-28 (165lbs) Jack Root w disq 15 (20) Kid Carter, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA

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1901-06-28 (165lbs) Jack Root w disq 15 (20) Kid Carter, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Phil Wand. Having beaten Dan Creedon (w co1 on 4 October 1900 at the Convention Hall, Kansas City, Mo) and George Byers (w co 9 on 18 January at the National AC, San Francisco), the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Root was generally recognised as the American 165lbs light-heavyweight champion and would be defending his claim at the weight against Carter.

With both men inside 165lbs, Root was in the ascendancy after dropping Carter three times in the 13th, the last occasion being from a palpably low blow. Both men remained strong and it was anybody’s fight up until the 15th round when Carter, after landing a hard left to the body, rushed Root to the ropes and pushed him down. Although the crowd had failed to spot a foul blow, Root, who was on his back grimacing in pain, was given the decision after the referee decided that he had been fouled.