1912-10-23 (158lbs) Jack Dillon w pts 15 Gus Christie, Lakeside AC, Dayton, Ohio, USA

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1912-10-23 (158lbs) Jack Dillon w pts 15 Gus Christie, Lakeside AC, Dayton, Ohio, USA. Made at 158lbs, this was the first of five contests in which Christie made the middleweight limit for Dillon, who thus risked his title claim. Reported as a terrific mill which Dillon deserved to win, the Racine Journal-News went on to say that Christie put up a brave battle when fighting back after each vicious attack. Dillon, concentrating mainly on the body, tried so hard for a finish during the 11th and 12th rounds that he lost much steam. In the 12th Dillon twice had Christie almost out, and again in the 15th, but the game Milwaukee man made it to the final bell to well deserve the cheers he received for his valiant efforts.

When Dillon outpointed Jimmy Howard over eight rounds at the Southern AC, Memphis, Tennessee on 8 November, the Memphis Daily Appeal reported it to be the start of a series of fights at 158lbs that would sort out the championship.

In his next couple of outings, Dillon met George Chip (nd-drew 10 at the Panhandle AC, Columbus, Ohio on 11 November) and Grant Clark (nd-w rsc 2 at the Empire Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana on 22 November) in catchweight affairs where there was thought to be some element of risk involving his title claim.