1905-06-12 (140lbs) Jimmy Gardner drew 20 Jack O’Keefe, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
1905-06-12 (140lbs) Jimmy Gardner drew 20 Jack O’Keefe, Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Referee: William Bean. Made at 140lbs, and involving Gardner’s ‘white’ title claim at the weight in what was a return match, O’Keefe was behind most of the way before staging a tremendous 15th round. Tearing into Gardner, who received a bad cut around the eyes, O’Keefe let rip with both hands, and according to the referee it was his fantastic work-rate in this round that earned him the draw.
On 4 August, Gardner took on Rufe Turner over 25 rounds at the Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California. Having won by an 11th-round knockout after both men made 135lbs at 6pm, Gardner moved up to the welterweight division on being matched against Buddy Ryan. Interestingly, Turner had been Gardner’s first black opponent.