BOUTS HE REFEREED
Dec 20 1904 Battling Nelson-Jimmy Britt Calif. W 20 (Britt won) Aug 26 1905 Jimmy Gardner-Buddy Ryan Chicago 15 rounds Nov 22 1907 Owen Moran-Frankie Neil Calif. TKO 16 (Moran won) Mar 14 1908 Thompson-Murphy Sep 14 1917 Harry Greb-Jack London NewYork TKO 9 (Greb won) ________________________________________________
In the Chicago Colma Pavilion on August 26, 1905, Billy Roche refereed the exciting fight between Jimmy Gardner and Buddy Ryan. Here is a article from the Milwaukee Free Press on August 27, 1905 asking if the fight was fixed. Billy Roche plays a pivital role:
WAS FIGHT FIXED?
Many Rumors Afloat On The Coast Anent Bout.
CLAIM THAT IT WAS A FAKE
Agreement Said to Have Been Made to Have Contest End in Fifteenth Round.
San Francisco, Cal., - Aug. 26. As weird a finish almost as that of the Sharkey-Fitzsimmons contest at Mechanics' Pavilion years ago was that between Buddy Ryan and Jimmy Gardner at Colma.
The thing smelled to heaven and about the only thing that saved the prize ring game from a full sized scandal was the fact that Referee Billy Roche had the grit to declare all bets off on the event.
Just how much money would have changed hands on the contest is not known, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $20,000. When the market opened the men sold at even money, and later on 10 to 8, Gardner favorite.
They were betting 10 to 4 1/2 that Gardner would win and even money that he would do the trick in fifteen rounds.
Right up to the moment when the confusion began in the fifteenth round the affair was a highly satisfactory one from a sportsman's view...
-Milwaukee Free Press. August 27, 1905
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