1913-01-01 Luther McCarty w co18 (20) Al Palzer, Vernon Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA

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1913-01-01 Luther McCarty w co18 (20) Al Palzer, Vernon Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA. Referee: Charles Eyton. This was considered to be the final of the white tournament and followed wins by McCarty over Al Kaufman and Fireman Jim Flynn and Palzer’s third-round kayo of the British champion, Bombardier Billy Wells.

In spite of his superior height, weight and reach advantages, Palzer (227) was no match for McCarty (205), who was just too clever for him and for much of the time used him as a punch bag, especially from the 13th onwards. Both men were cut, but by the 18th Palzer was reeling around the ring unable to see through the blood pouring into his eyes, leaving the referee with no option but to stop the fight. There had been no knockdowns, but there was only going to be one winner.

Palzer had just three more fights before being tragically shot dead by his father on 26 July 1914. McCarty next risked his newly won title against Flynn (nd-w pts 6 on 16 April at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Frank Moran (nd-w pts 10 on 30 April at the St Nicholas Arena, Manhattan, NYC, New York) before meeting Arthur Pelkey.