1916-04-25 Jack Dillon w pts 15 Battling Levinsky, Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USA - USA

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1916-04-25 Jack Dillon w pts 15 Battling Levinsky, Convention Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USA - USA. Referee: Ed Smith. Meeting for the sixth time, it was a hard, fast fight with Dillon (168) showing much speed and Levinsky (174) doing his best work at distance. There was no doubt that Dillon packed the heavier blows, Levinsky being in some distress on a number of occasions, and at the final bell he was handed the verdict. The general feeling was that Dillon had won six rounds to Levinsky’s four, with five even. Afterwards, the Chicago Tribune reported: “if there was any question as to where the light heavyweight title should be it was settled tonight”.

Another fight between the pair, at Oriole Park, Baltimore, Maryland on 13 July, was originally scheduled for 15 rounds to a decision, but in the event it was changed to that of a ten-round no-decision contest due to a poor turnout. With Levinsky (175¼) coming in fractionally over the limit (due to contractual terms) there was no risk to Dillon (186½), but that did not stop the latter handing out a beating.

It was now quite clear that the rivalry between Dillon and Levinsky was not going to disappear and on 12 September they met again, this time over eight rounds at the Phoenix AC Arena, Memphis, Tennessee. Reported as a press draw, although it was of limited duration there was obviously a risk attached to Dillon (169) had Levinsky (175) been able to find a winning blow.