1914-12-22 (158lbs) Al McCoy nd-l pts 10 Soldier Bartfield, Broadway SC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA

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1914-12-22 (158lbs) Al McCoy nd-l pts 10 Soldier Bartfield, Broadway AC, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. With both men inside the 158lbs mark, although McCoy (156½) got his left haymaker working overtime he was unable to put Bartfield (146¾) away and the latter, who had a clear advantage in at least seven rounds, was still strong and fighting hard at the finish.

When McCoy met Joe Borrell (nd-w pts 6 on 25 January 1915 t the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), while he scaled 156¾lbs Borrell came in just above the middleweight limit at 158¼, which seemed strange bearing in mind that the latter was looking to lay claim to the 158lbs title.

Although not involving the title, a ten-round no-decision contest of much interest pitted McCoy (158½) against Al Thiel (160¼) at the Broadway AC on 16 February 1915. McCoy, who was given the press decision, used to be managed by Jack Dougherty, but after he successfully picked up George Chip’s title claim Dan Morgan became his manager and Dougherty was shown the door. Extremely angry at being treated in such a way, Dougherty had the name of one of his young middleweights legally changed from Al Thiel to ‘Al McCoy’ and he became known as the ‘New’ Al McCoy, thus creating a problem with billing, especially as he also came from Brooklyn, NYC, New York.

Another fight for McCoy that could have involved his title claim came against Silent Martin (nd-l pts 10 on 23 March 1915 at the Broadway AC, NYC). According to some reports, Martin scaled 153lbs to McCoy’s 163, while other papers gave the weights in reverse order.