1909-02-19 (125lbs) Jim Driscoll nd-w pts 10 Abe Attell, National AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA
1909-02-19 (125lbs) Jim Driscoll nd-w pts 10 Abe Attell, National AC, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Charlie White. With Attell wanting 122lbs and Driscoll 126lbs, the fight went ahead at 125lbs and produced one of the greatest exhibitions of boxing seen in America up to that time. The majority of press reports showed Driscoll winning six rounds and Attell three, with one even, and stated that while there was never a hint of a knockout the contest was so fascinating that the vast majority watching were enthralled. Driscoll gave a master class of blocking, feinting and jabbing, normally Attell’s province, and convinced those in the know that he was the latter’s master.
Following this, Driscoll, who was recognised in Britain as the world and Imperial British Empire champion at 126lbs, tried to force a championship fight with the American titleholder without success.
Next for Attell came a no-decision six rounder against Young Pierce at the Washington SC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 1 March. Although Attell took the press decision in a hotly contested affair, Pierce dared the champion to box him over a longer distance with the title at stake and was accepted.