1906-09-30 (142lbs) Joe Walcott drew 20 Billy Rhodes, Island Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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1906-09-30 (142lbs) Joe Walcott drew 20 Billy Rhodes, Island Park, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. As in his two previous contests, Articles of Agreement were signed for Walcott’s title to be at stake and for both men to make 142lbs. Pitched on a sandbank island in the Missouri River, while Walcott was the aggressor from the opening bell Rhodes cleverly contented himself blocking. It was a strange tactic for a man who was supposed to be trying to win a world title and it was stranger still when, after Walcott damaged one of his hands in the 17th, Rhodes continued to stay on the back foot until the final bell.

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