1919-03-11 (116lbs) Memphis Pal Moore nd-drew 10 Frankie Mason, Oliver Theatre, South Bend, Indiana, USA

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11 March (116lbs) Memphis Pal Moore nd-drew 12 Frankie Mason, Oliver Theatre, South Bend, Indiana, USA. Referee: Ed Smith. Both men made the required 116lbs, Mason easily, thus putting Moore’s title claim at the weight up for grabs. It was an interesting affair, full of action and good movement but no knockdowns and at the finish the South Bend Tribune saw Moore winning just two rounds to Mason’s four with two even. However, in the eyes of the attending pressmen it was seen as a draw. Strangely, after the no-decision contest was over the referee announced that Moore had won.

In his next contest, on 24 March, the press decided he had beaten Pete Herman at the New Lyric Theatre, Memphis, Tennessee, but it was only over eight rounds at 120lbs and there was also no referee’s decision forthcoming. Still, it was a step in the right direction and he next decisioned Willie Devore (nd-w pts 12 on 1 April at The Armory, Akron, Ohio) in a fight billed for the bantam title. Although reported to have been made at 118lbs, it was also thought by some insiders that both men were inside 116lbs.

Following two catchweight contests and another eight-round no-decision press win at 118lbs over Sammy Sandow at the New Lyric Theatre, Memphis on 14 April, Pal set sail for England, where he was defeated by the world flyweight champion Jimmy Wilde (l pts 20 at Olympia, Kensington, London) on 17 July in a match articled at 116lbs. Not billed as a world championship bout due to the weight not being recognised in England, Moore’s American title ownership at that poundage evaporated following his defeat and, with Wilde being far too small and not interested in making a claim, the weight class disappeared.

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