1903-09-03 (122lbs) Abe Attell w pts 20 Johnny Reagan, West End Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri, USA
1903-09-03 (122lbs) Abe Attell w pts 20 Johnny Reagan, West End Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Referee: Harry Sharpe. Billed for the American (world) 122lbs title, Attell looked to be a loser during the first 15 rounds, but in the 16th he turned things around when landing hard rights and lefts and pushing Reagan around the ring to make up the deficit.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Attell should be recognised as the best man in America at the weight from thereon, but following an accident when cutting his left hand badly towards the end of the month he was on the sidelines for over two months.
Having got back into training and being matched at 118lbs, 6pm weigh-in, against Harry Forbes at the West End Coliseum on 17 December, Attell was more than disappointed when the police prohibited the fight from taking place the day before. Although the contest had been scheduled for 20 rounds, the men agreed to take in a ten-round spar at the Tomlinson Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana on 4 January 1904 while waiting for a match over the championship distance to be organised.