1901-11-28 (126lbs) Young Corbett w co 2 (20) Terry McGovern, The Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
1901-11-28 (126lbs) Young Corbett w co 2 (20) Terry McGovern, The Coliseum, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Referee: Charlie White. Billed for the world 126lbs championship, both men made the weight according to the ringside announcement. In one of the biggest upsets of all time Corbett goaded McGovern throughout, and when ‘Terrible Terry’ lunged in he calmly measured him with a thunderous right to the jaw which brought about a count out after 1.44 of round two. In the first session McGovern, who had no answer to Corbett’s countering right hand, had been down for ‘seven’ and again in the second prior to the kayo.
Nevertheless, despite being defeated McGovern was still generally recognised throughout America as the 122lbs champion, a title he had never lost in the ring. Although McGovern was still in training, when it became apparent that he had well and truly outgrown the weight class George Dixon, the former champion, reclaimed the 122lbs title on the grounds that he was the obvious candidate.
In England on 9 December, Nat Smith outpointed Harry Chamberlain over three rounds at the NSC, Covent Garden, London to win a 126lbs championship competition. Another man who won a 126lbs championship competition in London was Bill Hough, who outpointed Chamberlain over six rounds at Wonderland, Mile End on 15 February 1902.