1924-06-26 Harry Greb w pts 15 Ted Moore, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
1924-06-26 Harry Greb w pts 15 Ted Moore, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ed Purdy. In front of more than 50,000 fans, Greb (159½) immediately moved on to the offensive, producing a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy as he kept on top of Moore (160), who was forced to defend himself against a champion intent on driving him to the canvas. However, as the fight progressed the Englishman began to prove the master of Greb on the inside and fought back doggedly, absorbing all the punishment going his way and hitting hard when and where he could in an exciting fight that went all the way. Although the decision was unanimous in Greb’s favour, there was always the chance that Moore could have landed the one that counted and that in itself kept the fans glued to their seats despite a lack of knockdowns.
On the same bill, Larry Estridge wrested the unofficial ‘black’ title from Panama Joe Gans when taking the ten-round points decision, and a few weeks later, on 11 August, he replicated his victory over the same man at the Queensboro Stadium, Queens, NYC, New York. I cannot find any defences as such for Estridge, but following his match-ups with Gans he went on to beat Young Fisher (twice), Dave Rosenberg and Charley Nashert before his career imploded when winning only once in his final 14 contests.
Three fights later, in a bout where it was unclear whether stipulated weights were contracted or not, an over-the-weight Greb (172lbs) appeared to risk his title prior to stopping Billy Hirsch, who scaled 155lbs, in the eighth round of a no-decision contest at Wabash Park, Mingo Junction, Ohio on 15 September.
Another contest for Greb that did not get into the record books as a title fight came against Bob Sage at the Roller Rink, Detroit, Michigan on 9 January 1925. Although the Ring Record Book gives this one as a ten-round no-decision fight, the New York Times reported that the verdict, in the champion’s favour, was given by a referee of Greb’s own preference. This concession allowed Sage to weigh less than 160lbs, which gave the promoter the right to attach championship billing.
Early on in 1925 it was reported that Greb’s leading challenger was now Tiger Flowers, who had recently beaten Johnny Wilson. Twice Flowers took on Jack Delaney at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC when trying to find Greb’s next opponent and twice the latter won by a knockout, in the second round on 16 January 1925 and in the fourth session on 26 February. But Delaney was quickly becoming a fully-fledged light heavy, as was another leading contender in Jimmy Slattery, and a 160lbs title challenge was out of the question.
Continuing to look for a worthy challenger, Greb eventually settled on Mickey Walker, the welter king-pin, and the fight was made for July, while Flowers went back to eliminating the best men around.