1902-05-03 (170lbs) Marvin Hart w co 9 (20) Kid Carter, Empire AC, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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1902-05-03 (170lbs) Marvin Hart w co 9 (20) Kid Carter, Empire AC, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Reporting on this one, a catchweight contest with both men thought to be inside 170lbs, George Siler, the famous referee, stated in the Chicago Tribune that Hart should now meet the winner of Jack Root v George Gardner to settle the light heavyweights, a relatively new weight class. It had been a slugging match right up to the end of the fifth round before both men ran out of steam, staggering around the ring hardly able to stand and seemingly unable to land an effective blow. With the contest developing into one of endurance just when Hart seemed ready to fall in the ninth he found a left hook to the jaw that sent Carter crashing. Both men showed the signs of battle, with Carter’s right eye closed as was Hart’s, and both were exhausted as well as bloody.

Meanwhile, Hart’s manager, H. C. Dickens, was telling the world that he had a coming heavyweight champion on his hands. Regardless of that statement, Carter’s title claim, however weak, passed to Hart.

In his next 20 rounder, on 2 April 1903, Hart, scaling above 170lbs, beat Jack Bonner on a fourth-round disqualification at the Empire AC prior to meeting George Gardner.