1912-09-04 (122lbs) Johnny Kilbane nd-drew 10 Johnny Dundee, St Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA

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1912-09-04 (122lbs) Johnny Kilbane nd-drew 10 Johnny Dundee, St Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. According to the New York Times, both men were inside 122lbs at the 7pm weigh-in. At the sound of the bell Dundee immediately went on to the attack, only to be met by straight lefts that rendered his efforts futile. As Dundee continued to swing wildly he was twice on the verge of toppling over, and only in the seventh did he look dangerous. While occasionally forcing Dundee around the ring, most of the time Kilbane took matters easy.

Kilbane next took part in a series of risk fights where he allowed the opposition to make 122lbs whilst he came in heavier. On 19 September, at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, Kilbane (125½) was awarded a ten-round press decision over Eddie O’Keefe (121½), and on 14 October at the Tuxedo Club, Cleveland, Ohio he again allowed O’Keefe to make the weight before taking the 12-round press decision. Ten days later, on 24 October, at the Memorial Hall, Columbus, Ohio, the large majority of the press thought Kilbane had outpointed Johnny Albanese in what was a ten-round no-decision contest, with the latter believed to be inside 122lbs. He then stopped Monte Attell (122lbs) in the ninth round of another no-decision bout on 3 December at the Tuxedo Club.

Another man who made 122lbs for Kilbane (122½) was Tommy Dixon, who lost an eight-round press decision at the Future City AC, St Louis, Missouri on 12 December. This trait continued when Kilbane defeated Oliver Kirk (nd-w co 2 at the Future City AC on 1 January 1913). Although Kirk was inside 122lbs the champion’s weight was not recorded.