1923-08-02 Mike McTigue nd-w pts 12 Tommy Loughran, Playground Baseball Park, West New York, New Jersey, USA - NY/NBA/GB
1923-08-02 Mike McTigue nd-w pts 12 Tommy Loughran, Playground Baseball Park, West New York, New Jersey, USA - NY/NBA/GB. Referee: Eddie Dugan. In what turned out to be a tame affair McTigue (163½) forced the action almost all the way, having the best of at least ten rounds, his destructive lefts and rights under the heart being particularly effective. Early on Loughran (166) appeared content to rely on the left jab and an occasional right cross, but from the fourth onwards he was forced to clinch in order to avoid the knockout that the champion was hell-bent on delivering.
Towards the end of the month Tex Rickard announced that he had agreed terms with McTigue to defend against the American champion, Gene Tunney, at the Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 25 September. However, for whatever reason the articles were never signed.