History | Sep 03 2018

On This Day: Joe Gans defeats Battling Nelson via 42nd round disqualification

Matt Christie tells the story behind the gruelling Joe Gans-Battling Nelson fight from September 3, 1906
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1. GOLD prospector Tex Rickard landed in the boomtown of Goldfield, Nevada, and decided he wanted to promote a prize fight. The success of the fight he chose – a world lightweight title fight between Battling Nelson and Joe Gans – provided the platform for Rickard to become the famous promoter of his generation.

2. THE fight was set for the Casino Ampitheatre on September 3 1906, and Rickard’s sense of promotion drew nationwide publicity as he displayed the $34,000 purse in tall stacks of freshly minted $20 gold pieces.

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