1927-07-13 Joe Dundee nd-w pts 10 Billy Drako, Redland’s Baseball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - WORLD

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1927-07-13 Joe Dundee nd-w pts 10 Billy Drako, Redland’s Baseball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank O’Brien. Not recorded in the Ring Record Book as a title fight, the Cincinnati Enquirer tells us it was advertised and went ahead as such with both men inside 147lbs. Contested in the open air, Drako (147), despite having his left eye virtually closed early on, proved himself to be a tough customer, who, although an easy target, took his punishment unflinchingly without ever being knocked off his feet by Dundee (147). This was the champion’s first contest since winning the title and he showed up as a two-fisted fighter of the old school. Ice cool, he avoided his rival’s swings with some ease and scored accurately, if not sparingly, throughout and was well worth the press decision, while the game Drako received plaudits for staying the course.

On 3 November, Dundee, due to defend against Ace Hudkins at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, decided not to enter the ring after the promoter failed to deposit the $60,000 guarantee. Both men had weighed in and Hudkins claimed the title without any real backing after climbing into the ring to show that he was ready and willing.

Further to a catchweight contest made at 148lbs against the 143lbs Young Jack Thompson at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois on 30 August 1928, Dundee, who was stopped in the second round, forfeited NBA recognition when persistently refusing to defend against either Thompson or the leading contender, Jackie Fields, who were subsequently matched for the vacant NBA title.