1904-02-01 (120/122lbs) Abe Attell w co 5 (20) Harry Forbes, West End Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri, USA

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1904-02-01 (120/122lbs) Abe Attell w co 5 (20) Harry Forbes, West End Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri, USA. Referee: Harry Sharpe. Billed for the American 120lbs title, this contest really belonged to Attell’s 122lbs claim. For the opening four rounds Forbes surprised Attell as he used the jab to set up attacks and actually had the latter on the back foot at that stage. Attell eventually found the answer and at the start of the fifth he sidestepped the onrushing Forbes, who then crashed into the ropes before being hit with a right overarm swing that smashed him to the canvas to be counted out.

Two winning fights for Attell at Whittington Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas are worth mentioning because all the men concerned could make 122lbs with ease and the only reason for Attell’s title claim at the weight not being at stake would be due to contractual arrangements. Firstly, on 9 March he met Patsy Haley (w co 5) and on 23 March it was the turn of Maurice Rauch (w co 6) to go the same way.

In the 17 February edition of the Sporting Life it was stated that Chester Goodwin was claiming the American 122lbs title, having beaten Kid Beebe, Tommy Feltz, Austin Rice and Andy Daly. He also challenged all England and America to decide the the best man at the weight, but his claim failed to get off the ground.