1923-07-26 Johnny Dundee w pts 15 Eugene Criqui, Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1923-07-26 Johnny Dundee w pts 15 Eugene Criqui, Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Jack O’Sullivan. Boxing at his supreme best to win the title by a unanimous decision, Dundee (124¼) was well on top of Criqui (124¼) throughout, flooring him heavily in the opening round, twice again in the second and in the 15th. With his back to the ropes, the Frenchman was almost helpless and being pounded without return when the final bell came to his aid. At no time did Dundee look likely to lose, but Criqui’s bravery under fire left a lasting impression on all who witnessed the contest, his ability to keep going when many would have been retired being truly remarkable.
When Dundee relinquished the title in August 1924 due to difficulty in making the weight, the NYSAC organised an elimination tournament to be held exclusively in Madison Square Garden. Six men were invited to take part, namely Lou Paluso, Louis Kid Kaplan, Bobby Garcia, Mike Dundee, Jose Lombardo and Danny Kramer. Unfortunately, protests from Babe Herman and Billy Defoe, which eventually found support, were filed too late and the first round had already been completed on 21 November 1924. Ten-round decisions were secured by Kaplan over Garcia, Kramer over Dundee and Lombardo over Paluso, before the semi-final leg saw Kaplan kayo Lombardo in four rounds on 12 December 1924, while Kramer received a bye.