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1905-12-20 (175lbs) [[Philadelphia Jack O'Brien]] w rtd 13 (20) [[Bob Fitzsimmons]], Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Ed Graney. With both men well inside 175lbs, it appears that over a period of time historians have wrongly assumed the above contest to have been for the light-heavyweight title when, in fact, it was one of a series of eliminators to decide the heavyweight crown. However, the fact remains that Fitzsimmons (165) was the recognised light-heavyweight champion, despite there being little interest in the weight division at the time, and the title would have automatically passed to O’Brien (164), regardless of him continuing to concentrate his efforts among the heavier men.  
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1905-12-20 (175lbs) [[Philadelphia Jack O'Brien]] w rtd 13 (20) [[Bob Fitzsimmons]], Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Ed Graney. Although seen by some as one of a series of eliminators to decide the heavyweight title, the ''Boston Daily Globe'' and others reported it to involve both the world light heavyweight and heavyweight championships. O'Brien was already claiming the heavyweight title, while Fitzsimmons' light heavyweight crown was on the line at the same time.  
  
Giving a remarkable exhibition of boxing, O’Brien ducked, dodged and moved to such a degree that Fitzsimmons was, at times, totally bamboozled. Although the champion vainly stuck to the task at hand he could not catch up with O’Brien, who would skip away before landing solid left hands that eventually took the steam out of the older man. After a solid exchange of body shots in the 13th, Fitzsimmons walked to his corner and instructed the referee that he could not take much more and was retiring himself. There were worrying scenes in the immediate aftermath when Fitzsimmons slumped forward on his stool and slipped to the floor in a collapsed state before being revived several minutes later and being able to leave the ring.    
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Once the fight got underway it was clear that O’Brien (164) was the faster, using good footwork to get away from trouble, while Fitzsimmons (165) looked for the punch to finish it. Throughout, O’Brien showed his ability to hit and shift, hurting Fitzsimmons badly in the fourth and flooring his rival in the eighth with a stiff right to the jaw. Although Fitzsimmons continued to come forward he was taking more and more punishment and at the end of the 13th he collapsed in his corner, blood pouring from his nose and mouth, whereupon the referee awarded the fight to O’Brien. Fortunately, Fitzsimmons quickly recovered and left the ring unassisted.
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Following O'Brien's victory, he was regarded by ‘certain sporting men’ as winning the heavyweight title based on the theory that the championship had reverted to Fitzsimmons on James J. Jeffries’ retirement.  
  
 
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Revision as of 18:18, 13 March 2012

1905-12-20 (175lbs) Philadelphia Jack O'Brien w rtd 13 (20) Bob Fitzsimmons, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Ed Graney. Although seen by some as one of a series of eliminators to decide the heavyweight title, the Boston Daily Globe and others reported it to involve both the world light heavyweight and heavyweight championships. O'Brien was already claiming the heavyweight title, while Fitzsimmons' light heavyweight crown was on the line at the same time.

Once the fight got underway it was clear that O’Brien (164) was the faster, using good footwork to get away from trouble, while Fitzsimmons (165) looked for the punch to finish it. Throughout, O’Brien showed his ability to hit and shift, hurting Fitzsimmons badly in the fourth and flooring his rival in the eighth with a stiff right to the jaw. Although Fitzsimmons continued to come forward he was taking more and more punishment and at the end of the 13th he collapsed in his corner, blood pouring from his nose and mouth, whereupon the referee awarded the fight to O’Brien. Fortunately, Fitzsimmons quickly recovered and left the ring unassisted.

Following O'Brien's victory, he was regarded by ‘certain sporting men’ as winning the heavyweight title based on the theory that the championship had reverted to Fitzsimmons on James J. Jeffries’ retirement.