1918-02-25 (158lbs) Mike O'Dowd nd-w pts 10 Harry Greb, The Auditorium, St Paul, Minnesota, USA
1918-02-25 (158lbs) Mike O'Dowd nd-w pts 10 Harry Greb, The Auditorium, St Paul, Minnesota, USA. A billed 158lbs championship fight of the no-decision variety saw Greb (156¾) doing most of the leading but, unable to break down the champion’s guard, he was forced to swing wildly at times. O’Dowd (157) continued to fight a strong defensive battle, while playing on Greb’s ribs early on, before opening up in the ninth round when looking to land a knockout blow.
With America joining the First World War, O’Dowd enlisted as a private at Camp Dodge and spent nine months in the 55th Engineers serving in France prior to arriving home in May 1919.
Having beaten Al McCoy (w co 3 on 17 July 1919 at the Auditorium, St Paul) in a comeback fight at catchweights, O’Dowd then knocked out Young Fisher in the fifth of a ten rounder at The Arena, Syracuse, New York on 21 July. While O’Dowd refused to weigh in, giving his weight as 157½lbs, Fisher made 156lbs, which automatically meant that the former’s 158lbs title was at stake.