1903-04-20 (158lbs) Philadelphia Jack O’Brien drew 10 Joe Walcott, Health & Physical Culture Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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1903-04-20 (158lbs) Philadelphia Jack O'Brien drew 10 Joe Walcott, Health & Physical Culture Club, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Referee: Rube Waddell. Reported to be the biggest American middleweight fight seen in that city, with both men thought to be inside 158lbs, O’Brien outboxed Walcott despite breaking a knuckle on his left hand in the second round. The referee had announced before the bout that if both men were still standing at the end of ten rounds he would give a drawn verdict. Afterwards, Walcott stated that he had an agreement with O’Brien not to try for a knockout. With that in mind it was hardly surprising that O’Brien boxed on the back foot for much of the time, jabbing with the left, while Walcott pounded hard to the body when he could get close enough.

Following the fight, the Boston Post stated that O’Brien should be recognised as the world champion.