1903-03-24 (118lbs) Harry Forbes w co 9 (10) Johnny Kelly, Missouri AC, Vineyard’s Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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1903-03-24 (118lbs) Harry Forbes w co 9 (10) Johnny Kelly, Missouri AC, Vineyard’s Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Made at 118lbs, and billed for the title at that weight, in what was a bruising contest Kelly was down twice in the third round and saved by the bell at the end of the eighth before being knocked out by a right hook in the next session.

Forbes was now claiming the American title at 116 and 118lbs, while over the water Jim Williams (May 1903) was challenging all England to decide the 118lbs championship.

Having great difficulty making 115/116lbs, Forbes’ contests against Jimmy Devine (nd-w co 4 at the Washington SC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 13 April), Biz Mackey (w pts 10 at the Business Mens’ AC, Marvin Opera House, Findlay, Ohio on 16 April), Tommy Love (nd-w pts 6 at the Washington SC, Philadelphia on 20 April) and Danny Dougherty (nd-drew 6 at the National AC, Philadelphia on 22 June) could well have involved his claim at 118lbs, but the author has been unable to find the weights those fights were made at.

After losing his 115/116lbs title claim to Frankie Neil on 13 August Forbes’ was viewed as a featherweight in America, and his contests against Kid McFadden (w co 10 at the Tammany AC, Boston, Massachusetts on 10 September) and Love (nd-w pts 6 at the State AC, Philadelphia on 18 September) would have come into that category.

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