1944-03-03 Bob Montgomery w pts 15 Beau Jack, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/PENNSYLVANIA

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1944-03-03 Bob Montgomery w pts 15 Beau Jack, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/PENNSYLVANIA. Arthur Susskind. Scorecards: 8-6, 8-6, 7-8. Having been beaten in a round by Al Bummy Davis just two weeks earlier was hardly the right preparation for Montgomery (135) to regain the title from Jack (134), but regain it he did when taking the split decision at the end of 15 hard-fought rounds. Anything but a thriller this time round, with far too much clutching, it came down to Jack’s quantity as opposed to Montgomery’s quality and power in deciding as to who won.

Following two more non-title bouts, including a defeat by Jack (l pts 10 at Madison Square Garden on 4 August), Montgomery was called up by the US Army before being discharged as a corporal early in 1946. Although ‘The Bobcat’ had a few fights during this period, with managerial problems and the need to be properly prepared he would not be ready to defend the title until June 1946.