1903-01-29 (122lbs) Abe Attell drew 20 Eddie Hanlon, Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
1903-01-29 (122lbs) Abe Attell drew 20 Eddie Hanlon, Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Jim McDonald. Billed for the American and world 122lb titles, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Attell was the fastest and cleverest youngster around, and that he had to be in order to avoid a real beating as Hanlon forced the fight from the opening gong. After being jabbed to pieces by the fleet-footed Attell during the first dozen rounds or so, Hanlon came into his own as the youngster tired, his body blows taking away the strength of his foe. From the 13th onwards, Attell, who had failed to gain a foul in the tenth when being told to get on with it, was forced to use all his ring skills to save himself as the hard-punching Hanlon kept coming. As the contest wore on, Hanlon rained in punches, especially to the body, on the exhausted Attell, but by a mixture of stalling, clutching and clever movement the latter made it to the final bell and a share of the verdict.
Although the result failed to find a successor to Terry McGovern, with Hanlon not prepared to make 122lbs again Attell laid claim to the title at the weight.
On 10 April 1903, Tommy Feltz claimed the American 122lbs title owing to Corbett’s inability to defend the championship at that weight against him. However, unable to win his next three contests, Feltz failed to gather much support for his claim and was promptly forgotten by the press.