1923-10-04 Mike McTigue drew 10 Young Stribling, The Auditorium, Columbus, Georgia, USA - NY/NBA/GB
1923-10-04 Mike McTigue drew 10 Young Stribling, The Auditorium, Columbus, Georgia, USA - NY/NBA/GB. Referee: Harry Ertle. Following the fight, in which Stribling (165lbs) had appeared to win eight of the ten rounds and had battered and knocked McTigue (162lbs) down in the tenth round, it was claimed that the latter was forced at gunpoint to fight on even though he had suffered a broken hand. Another bone of contention came when the imported referee first called a draw before changing it to a win for Stribling when intimidated by the crowd, which included hooded Ku Klux Klansmen. Afterwards, when safely back home, the referee's explanation of events saw the fight remaining on record as a draw.
Some two months later at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 10 December, Gene Tunney retained his American title when outpointing Harry Greb over 15 rounds, and although fighting regularly among the heavyweights he looked forward to a crack against McTigue.
Earlier, on 20 November, Kid Norfolk had successfully defended his ‘black’ title belt when outpointing Battling Siki over 15 rounds at Madison Square Garden. He then went on to put his claim up for grabs against Lee Anderson (w pts 12 at the Commonwealth SC, Manhattan, NYC, New York on 23 February).