1919-08-15 Pete Herman nd-l pts 10 Jackie Sharkey, The Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - WORLD

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1919-08-15 Pete Herman nd-l pts 10 Jackie Sharkey, The Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - WORLD. Referee: Walter Houlahan. Billed as a title fight at 118lbs, with both men inside the weight according to the Milwaukee Sentinel, the contest itself saw Herman fail to open up until the fifth round after being warned by the referee to provide more action. However, Herman was soon back in his shell, treating it as a sparring session. While Sharkey continually forced the action he lacked the power to harm the champion, being guilty of hitting with the open glove. Even taking that into account, Sharkey influenced most of attending press that he would have been worthy of the decision had one been given.

A contest that was typical of the times was Herman’s meeting with Joe Lynch (nd-l pts 10 at Driveway Park, Waterbury, Connecticut on 1 September), which despite being advertised as a title match saw the latter come to the ring at 119lbs with the champion not even bothering to weigh in.

Although Herman’s next 17 contests ended up as catchweight affairs or were contracted as such, by allowing some of his opponents to come to the ring inside 118lbs he was taking a bit of a risk, especially if he had been knocked out or stopped. Fights that fell into this category came against Sharkey (nd-drew 10 on 15 September at the Athletic Club, Detroit, Michigan); Sammy Sandow (nd-l pts 10 on 30 September at the National AC, Newport, Kentucky); Lynch (nd-w pts 6 on 12 November at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Johnny Buff (nd-drew 8 on 24 November at the City AC, Trenton, New Jersey); Mickey Russell (nd-w pts 8 on 27 November at the City AC, Jersey City); Patsy Johnson (nd-w pts 6 on 1 December at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia); Johnny Ritchie (nd-w co 8 on 7 January 1920 at the Tulane Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana); Young Solberg (nd-w pts 8 on 10 February 1920 at The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri); Earl Puryear (nd-drew 8 on 1 March 1920 at the Grand Theatre, Trenton); Lew Angelo (nd-w co 8 on 19 March 1920 at The Armory, Paterson, New Jersey); Joe O’Donnell (nd-w pts 8 on 31 March 1920 at The Armory, Camden, New Jersey); Paul Demers (w pts 10 on 19 April 1920 at The Arena AA, New Bedford, Massachusetts); Jabez White (nd-w pts 8 on 10 May 1920 at the Olympia AC, Philadelphia) and Roy Moore (nd-w pts 6 on 19 May 1920 at the Ice Palace, Philadelphia).