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[[1915-06-07 Jack Dillon nd-l pts 10 Tom McMahon, Airdome AC, Rochester, New York, USA]]. With both men inside 175lbs, this should be considered a defence of Dillon’s claim at the weight despite a lack of billing. Initially it looked as though Dillon (170) was looking to get rid of McMahon (175) early as he bored in with two-handed assaults. Having had little success with that tactic, Dillon settled down to block all that McMahon could toss at him in what had become a pretty tame fight in the words of the local papers. The last two rounds saw McMahon swinging in punches from distance as Dillon eased his way through to the final bell.

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Originated in America following a series of articles written by Lou Houseman, a newspaperman based in Chicago who also managed a stable of fighters, the division was first ‘thought up’ in 1899. Although Houseman is mainly remembered for steering his own fighter, Jack Root, to the ‘title’, he first promoted a fight in Dubuque in 1899 between Joe Choynski, who, according to the Dubuque Herald, was already claiming to be the champion, and Australian Jim Ryan as being for the vacant light heavyweight championship. There were quite a few men who would have benefited from an interim weight class, but because the middleweight and heavyweight divisions were so prestigious it took many years before the light heavies were taken seriously

Weight Band/Amendments

160lbs to 170lbs (29 August 1899 to 22 April 1903)

160lbs to 175lbs (with the weights for the 22 April 1903 Jack Root v Charles Kid McCoy fight set at 175lbs, the weight class would be contested at varying poundages within those limits until standardised. That came about on 11 February 1909, when the NSC formally introduced their eight named weight classes, with the middleweight limit staying at 160lbs and the new light heavyweight class set at 175lbs. However, it was not until 14 April 1914 that 175lbs settled down following Jack Dillon’s win over Battling Levinsky)

Title Contests

1915-06-07 Jack Dillon nd-l pts 10 Tom McMahon, Airdome AC, Rochester, New York, USA. With both men inside 175lbs, this should be considered a defence of Dillon’s claim at the weight despite a lack of billing. Initially it looked as though Dillon (170) was looking to get rid of McMahon (175) early as he bored in with two-handed assaults. Having had little success with that tactic, Dillon settled down to block all that McMahon could toss at him in what had become a pretty tame fight in the words of the local papers. The last two rounds saw McMahon swinging in punches from distance as Dillon eased his way through to the final bell.

Pages in category ‘Light Heavyweight Division’

The following 424 pages are in this category, out of 424 total.

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