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 and boxed mainly in defensive mode, 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 on 9 February 1921 at The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri); White again (nd-w pts 8 on 22 February at the National AC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Young Montreal (nd-w pts 10 on 28 February at the Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan); Eddie Pinchot (nd-w pts 10 on 28 March at the Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); Montreal again (nd-l pts 10 on 8 April at the Troop A Armory, Cleveland, Ohio) and Memphis Pal Moore (nd-l pts 10 on 6 May at The Armory, Louisville, Kentucky). 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.