1923-05-30 Jack Bernstein w pts 15 Johnny Dundee, The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA

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1923-05-30 Jack Bernstein w pts 15 Johnny Dundee, The Velodrome, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Patsy Haley. In a toe-to-toe battle from first to last with neither man giving ground, Bernstein (128), despite being floored by a left to the chin in the third round, landed more punches to fully deserve the unanimous decision and the title. There was no doubting the challenger’s tactics of working non-stop from head to body, but Dundee (128½) played into his hands by not standing back occasionally and countering, thus being unable to change the tempo.

On 25 June at the Shetzline Ballpark, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bernstein (129lbs) kayoed Freddie Jacks (130lbs) inside five rounds, but regardless of it being a no-decision fight of eight rounds duration Bernstein’s title claim was technically at risk had he lost.

Just over two weeks later, on 10 July, Bernstein was given the newspaper decision after ten rounds of boxing at The Coliseum, St Louis, Missouri against Harry Kabakoff after being dropped in the opening session. Although the local man came in at 127¾ there was no chance of him landing the title had he won due to the match being made at 132lbs. Despite that, the St Louis Daily Globe-Democrat reported that had Kabakoff won inside the distance he would have wrested the title from Bernstein.