1903-07-04 (135lbs) Joe Gans w co 5 (20) Buddy King, Old Baseball Park, Butte, Montana, USA

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1903-07-04 (135lbs) Joe Gans w co 5 (20) Buddy King, Old Baseball Park, Butte, Montana, USA. Billed for the world 135lbs championship, and involving the coloured title at the weight, it was thought to have been contested at 138lbs. Dropped in the opening round by a hard right to the jaw, although he got up King was never in the fight after that, a similar punch seeing him counted out in the fifth when floored again.

After beating Gans (w pts 15 at the Criterion AC, Boston, Massachusetts on 8 December) in a catchweight affair, possibly weighing in the region of 138lbs, Sam Langford set about challenging the great man for the world title before increasing weight saw him up among the welters.

Jack Blackburn was another black fighter who was making waves at the upper end of the lightweight class. He would soon be matched against the promising Jimmy Gardner after having the better of Langford over 15 rounds at the Central AC, Boston on 23 December. With a drawn verdict to be given if the contest went the distance, according to the Boston Globe Blackburn trounced Langford.