Mickey Walker vs. Jack Sharkey

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1931-07-22 : Mickey Walker 169½ lbs drew with Jack Sharkey 198½ lbs by PTS in round 15 of 15

World Heavyweight Title

"A game fighting heart, which was enough to offset his opponent's great physical superiority, enabled Mickey Walker, New Jersey, to earn a draw here Wednesday night with Jack Sharkey, Boston, in a 15 round fight for the American heavyweight championship. The Bostonian was much the better boxer and took little punishment. He left the ring unmarked while Walker's face was covered with the blood which streamed from a cut above his left eye, suffered in the 5th round. For once in his life Sharkey did not blow up. He has no alibi of an "off" night. He fought perhaps as well as anytime in his career, but he was unable to land a knockout punch. He staggered the comparatively diminutive Walker on several occasions, particularly in the 12th round, but Walker was too rugged and too game to go down. Sharkey's efforts were enough to win him the vote of Judge Kelley, but Referee Donovan gave the decision to Walker. And Judge Charles F. Mathison called the contest a draw." - United Press

  • Unofficial UP scorecard: 7-3-5 Sharkey
  • Both the UP and AP (round by round) reports describe that there were no knockdowns recorded during this contest, despite a mythical 12th round knockdown supposedly scored by Sharkey.
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