1912-09-16 (135lbs) Hughie Mehegan w disq 14 (15) Matt Wells, The Ring, Southwark, London, England
1912-09-16 (135lbs) Hughie Mehegan w disq 14 (15) Matt Wells, The Ring, Southwark, London, England. Referee: Eugene Corri. Wells, who had initially wanted ten two-minute rounds at 135lbs before settling for 15 threes against a man already claiming the Imperial British Empire title at the weight, lost any claim he had to the world title following this defeat. Wells had started strongly with the left jab, winning the opening seven rounds according to Boxing, having dropped Mehegan with a right in the second. The eighth round was the turning point as Mehegan began to close Wells down, and by the tenth it was the Australian all the way as the latter tired. In the 11th, after Wells took even more punishment although he continued to try and turn things around he was being outpunched with Mehegan merely shrugging off anything coming his way. Even though he made a huge effort in the 13th it was clear that Wells had weakened himself considerably, but he continued in his efforts to get back into the fight. The end came when Wells failed to acknowledge the bell. Continuing to punch away at Mehegan until he fell, Wells then smashed in a right to the jaw when the latter was already on the floor, thus leaving the referee with no other option than to disqualify him.