1920-12-22 Joe Lynch w pts 15 Pete Herman, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1920-12-22 Joe Lynch w pts 15 Pete Herman, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Patsy Haley. Despite making a good start, Herman (116) was soon pegged back by Lynch (116), who quickly realised that he could hurt the champion with the right hand. He also used his longer reach effectively to take at least ten of the 15 rounds on his way to winning the title by a unanimous points decision. Although neither man took unnecessary risks, Herman was far too negative, boxing mainly in defensive mode and rarely showing his wares at close-quarters where he was expected to be at his most effective.
Following his win over Herman, it is unclear whether the new champion protected his title by contracting four of his next six opponents, all natural bantams, to officially weigh in above 118lbs. What is clear though is the fact that the fights were advertised as ones where Lynch was risking his title by allowing his opponents to weigh in below 118lbs, and were reported as such, namely: Jabez White (nd-drew 8 at The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri on 9 February 1921), White again (nd-w pts 8 at the National AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 22 February 1921), Young Montreal (nd-w pts 10 at the Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan on 28 February 1921), Eddie Pinchot (nd-w pts 10 at the Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 28 March 1921), Montreal again (nd-l pts 10 at the Troop A Armory, Cleveland, Ohio on 8 April 1921) and Memphis Pal Moore (nd-l pts 10 at The Armory, Louisville, Kentucky on 6 May 1921). I think that the 129lbs shown on BoxRec for Pinchot must be a misprint as he was a natural 118lbs man and the local papers were reporting that he could win the title by a stoppage.