1904-03-28 (140lbs) Joe Gans w pts 10 Gus Gardner, Arbeiter Hall, Saginaw, Michigan, USA
1904-03-28 (140lbs) Joe Gans w pts 10 Gus Gardner, Arbeiter Hall, Saginaw, Michigan, USA. Referee: William Considine. Billed for the 140lbs title, Gans (139½) controlled the fight throughout using a left jab and countering right to the head to halt Gardner (135) as he rushed in. Gardner, who did most of the leading after staggering Gans in the first round, was almost down on several occasions but managed to make it to the final bell.
On 21 April, Gans outpointed Sam Bolen over 15 rounds at the Eureka AC, Baltimore, Maryland. Although it was later thought to be a defence of his 140lbs title, with the latter coming in much heavier it could not have been.
A short-distance fight for Gans felt to have been made at 140lbs came against Dave Holly (nd-w pts 6 at the National AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 27 June).
While still claiming the 140lbs title, prior to Gans’ fight against Joe Walcott (140) at Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco, California on 30 September it was announced that no title was involved. The contest ended in a 20-round draw.
Before moving up to welterweight for a spell, Gans took on Rufe Turner (nd-w pts 6 at the Washington SC, Philadelphia on 27 March 1905) in a match thought to have been made at 140lbs.