1910-02-15 (118lbs) Digger Stanley drew 20 Young Pierce, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1910-02-15 (118lbs) Digger Stanley drew 20 Young Pierce, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Eugene Corri. Billed for the world 118lbs title, Stanley (117) was up against a very clever man in Pierce (116½) and apart from in the 14th when he brought the black American down with a right to the jaw, he boxed for the points. Pierce, however, was a real trickster and just like Stanley he was a master of defence, but according to Boxing it was the latter who forced the fight and who was unlucky not to be given the verdict. There had been far too much clinching, something you would expect when two wily fighters come together, but maybe the referee was influenced by the last three rounds when Pierce, obviously feeling that he was behind, made a real effort to influence him.

Perusing Pierce’s record it is difficult to see where his American title claim came from and one can only assume that it stemmed from two recent six-round press decisions over Jimmy Walsh and Jim Kenrick. Back home in America he was certainly not recognised as a champion, failing to build on his draw with Stanley and continuing to appear in six-rounders.