1913-01-09 (160lbs) Jack Dillon w rsc 15 (15) Frank Mantell, Rhode Island AC, Thornton, Rhode Island, USA
1913-01-09 (160lbs) Jack Dillon w rsc 15 (15) Frank Mantell, Rhode Island AC, Thornton, Rhode Island, USA. Referee: Mr Joyce. Having earlier been recorded as a points victory for Dillon it now transpires that the fight was actually stopped by the referee, on instruction from a certain Sheriff McCusker, with 35 seconds to go in order to save Mantell from sustaining further punishment. Prior to that, Dillon had boxed a cautious fight for the opening seven rounds before moving up a gear to rattle in right hands continuously without ever having Mantell over. There was no doubt that Mantell was hurt at the time of the stoppage and was stalling, but he was still strong and was angry at not being allowed to complete the course. Although the middleweight limit outside the USA was set at 160lbs, much of America saw 158lbs as being the mark apart from a few odd States that included Rhode Island. Thus 160lbs was stipulated in this one and, following the result which effectively saw Mantell eliminated from the title race, Dillon extended his claim from 158lbs.