1913-08-02 (158lbs) Jimmy Clabby drew 12 Freddie Hicks, Holland Rink, Butte, Montana, USA
1913-08-02 (158lbs) Jimmy Clabby drew 12 Freddie Hicks, Holland Rink, Butte, Montana, USA. Referee: Tosh McIntosh. The Anaconda Standard inferred that this involved Clabby’s title claim when it stated that Clabby made 154lbs, while Hicks was inside the stipulated 158lbs. In the sixth round the referee asked for more action as nothing much had happened up to that point, but regardless of that the boys continued to come together. There were those who thought that Clabby carried Hicks, who was known to be his friend, and the referee had thought about calling the fight off, but after discussing the situation with the Commissioner a draw was decided on.
On the ‘black’ title front it was reported in The Freeman newspaper around this time that Jack Hannibal was the coloured champion of the world, despite there being nothing in his record to sustain that statement. Hannibal was an interesting fighter as he was also a pro baseball and football star at the same time as he boxed. A few months later, a certain Kid Hoy wrote to the same paper stating that he was the rightful ‘black’ world champion. At the same time he issued a challenge to all-comers. I have yet to find anything to back those statements up, although it is clear that both men were top fighters of the day.