Controversial Endings in Boxing History

July 4, 1912
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July 4, 1912

Adolph Wolgast KO 13 Mexican Joe Rivers

When Wolgast (pictured) defended his lightweight title against Rivers in Los Angeles, the bout was ended when the fighters connected with simultaneous blows and knocked each other out. Referee Jack Welch later awarded the victory to Wolgast, claiming he'd started to rise before the completion of the 10-count.

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