1905-12-20 Philadelphia Jack O’Brien w rsc 13 (20) Bob Fitzsimmons, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA
1905-12-20 Philadelphia Jack O'Brien w rsc 13 (20) Bob Fitzsimmons, Mechanics’ Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Ed Graney. As in O'Brien v Kaufman, this bout does not find its way into the record books as a title fight, but it was regarded by ‘certain sporting men’ as a championship scrap based on the theory that the title reverted to Fitzsimmons on James J. Jeffries’ retirement. It was also a successful defence of O'Brien's title claim. Once the fight got underway it was clear that O’Brien was the faster, using good footwork to get away from trouble, while Fitzsimmons 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.