1912-10-23 (158lbs) Jack Dillon w pts 15 Gus Christie, Lakeside AC, Dayton, Ohio, USA
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 concentrated mainly on the body and tried so hard for a finish during the 11th and 12th rounds that he lost much steam after that. 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 and well deserved the cheers he received for his valiant efforts.
On 8 November, Dillon outpointed Jimmy Howard over eight rounds at the Southern AC, Memphis, Tennessee, the Memphis Daily Appeal reporting 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 on 11 November at the Panhandle AC, Columbus, Ohio) and Grant Clark (nd-w rsc 2 on 22 November at the Empire Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana) in catchweight affairs where there was thought to be some element of risk involving his title claim.