1903-06-30 (130lbs) Eddie Hanlon drew 20 Benny Yanger, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA

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1903-06-30 (130lbs) Eddie Hanlon drew 20 Benny Yanger, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Ed Smith. Billed for the ‘legitimate’ 130lbs world featherweight title according to the San Francisco Chronicle, both men gave it all they had, there never being much between them despite Hanlon scoring a knockdown in the 17th round. The first ten rounds were so fierce that the second half of the contest suffered as the pace dropped, but it did not stop the fighters continuing to look for a finishing blow. Although Hanlon complained that his protector had saved him from being floored on occasion, he also stated that Yanger was the best man he had fought, a comment that was reciprocated.

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