1904-06-03 (138/140lbs) Jimmy Gardner w rsc 6 (6) Buddy Ryan, Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USA
1904-06-03 (138/140lbs) Jimmy Gardner w rsc 6 (6) Buddy Ryan, Battery D Armory, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Referee: Joe Pollock. Articled at 137lbs, 5pm weigh-in, by his victory Gardner claimed the ‘white’ 138/140lbs title despite the contest being scheduled for just six rounds. It was Gardner’s fight all the way, with left jabs consistently hitting the target to open Ryan up and in the fourth round the latter was staggering around prior to the bell coming to his aid. After a reasonable fifth, Ryan was badly hurt by a body blow and with Gardner looking for the finish and his opponent in no fit state the referee called the fight off.
With no weights reported it is unclear whether Gardner’s third meeting with Patsy Sweeney (w rtd 4 at the Pastime AC, The Coliseum, Manchester, New Hampshire) on 4 July involved his ‘white’ title claim, but there is every chance that it did.