Mike McTigue vs. Young Stribling (1st meeting)

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1923-10-04 : Young Stribling 165 lbs drew with Mike McTigue 162 lbs by PTS in round 10 of 10

  • Location: Driving Park, Columbus, Georgia, USA
  • Referee: Harry Ertle

World Light Heavyweight Title

  • Stribling was champion for just one hour before Referee Harry Ertle apparently changed his mind, while back in his hotel room. McTigue stated that he was forced to enter the ring at gunpoint, even though his hand was broken prior to the bout. Ertle later issued a signed statement saying he had originally ruled the decision a draw and did not reverse his decision, even in the face of threats that if he did not award the bout to Stribling, he would never leave the arena alive. Ertle went on to say that Maj. John Paul Jones, head of the committee of the American Legion that had staged the fight, was responsible for grabbing both his and Stribling's arms and raising them in the air amidst the chaos. Ertle said that Jones later came by his hotel room and threatened Ertle that "he was being watched where ever he goes." Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA, USA)
  • McTigue earned $13,379, while Stribling got $7,024. Spokane Spokesman Review (Spokane, WA, USA)
  • 28 March 1955 Sports Illustrated article: [1]
  • 3 July 1972 Sports Illustrated article: [2]