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 (no knockout), then no official decision was to be rendered and neither boxer was to be declared the winner.

But this did not prevent the pool of ringside newspaper reporters from getting together, trying to find some agreement and declaring a consensus result among themselves, which then found print in their respective publications. (Sometimes a hometown boxer got a hometown newspaper decision.)


Note: BoxRec.com designates these unofficial newspaper decisions as W-NWS, L-NWS, and D-NWS.