1922-11-30 Joe Lynch nd-w pts 10 Frankie Daly, Tomlinson’s Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - WORLD
1922-11-30 Joe Lynch nd-w pts 10 Frankie Daly, Tomlinson’s Hall, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - WORLD. Reported by the Indianapolis Star as a title fight, with both men inside 118lbs the previous day, the champion proceeded to outbox Daly all the way, the championship never being in danger. A very average fighter who was nearly put out in the seventh and tenth rounds, Daly’s main attribute was in absorbing punishment. Apart from shaking up Lynch in the fourth with a right to the jaw he never had a look-in.
Matched to defend his title against Midget Smith on 22 December, Lynch would have been shocked to hear that Smith had been suspended from fighting in New York by the NYSAC on 18 December after the New Jersey Boxing Commission reported him for failing to honour a contract to box Johnny Curtin a few weeks earlier. Curtin, who was due to box at the 4th Regiment Armory, Jersey City, New Jersey that same evening, had been left without an opponent when Abe Friedman withdrew, and whether that was a ploy to find opposition for him at extremely short notice, who knows. However, with the backing of a nervous promoter and the NYSAC, Smith met Curtin (nd-l pts 12) at four hours notice, thus securing his world title shot four days later in doing so.