Newspaper decision

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Unheard of these days, but common during the early 20th Century, a "newspaper decision" might be made after a no decision bout had ended. A "no decision" bout occurred when--by law or by pre-arrangement of the fighters--if both boxers were still standing at the fight's conclusion and there was no knockout, no official decision was rendered and neither boxer was declared the winner. But this did not prevent the pool of ringside newspaper reporters from declaring a consensus result among themselves and printing a newspaper decision in their publications. Officially, however, a "no decision" bout resulted in neither boxer winning or losing.

Note: Editors and other boxing historians sometimes use these unofficial newspaper decisions in compiling fight records, for illustrative purposes only. These are designated as NWS-W, NWS-L, and NWS-D.