1916-03-31 Freddie Welsh nd-l pts 10 Benny Leonard, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1916-03-31 Freddie Welsh nd-l pts 10 Benny Leonard, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Billed for the title, despite Welsh weighing at 136½lbs ringside to Leonard’s 132 both men had earlier made the required 135lbs at 3pm. Forcing the fighting from the first bell Leonard showed great speed of hand and foot, rocking the champion several times with left and right smashes to the jaw. Having cut Leonard’s left eye in the fifth, Welsh, who won only one round according to press reports, began to show up better despite his main concern being to protect himself from a stoppage defeat.

In his next contest Welsh risked his title when allowing Richie Mitchell (nd-w pts 10 at the Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 7 April) to make 131¾lbs while he came in at 138¾ in a contest made at catchweights.

Another match that saw Welsh (137) articled to make more than 135lbs came against Ever Hammer (nd-l pts 10 at the Auditorium, Milwaukee on 24 April). Although Hammer was declared to be 138¾lbs at the ringside weigh-in he must have made the required 135lbs at 3pm for the papers to declare that the title was on the line.

Yet another fight for Welsh that was reported to involve the title, in the eyes of the Washington Post at least, was against Tommy Lowe (w pts 10 at the Capitol AC, Washington DC on 8 June 1916), but there is no evidence to be found that it did.

When Welsh met Ad Wolgast (nd-w disq 11 at The Arena, Denver, Colorado on 4 July 1916) for the third time the papers reported that the latter had lost a further opportunity to reclaim the title by fouling the champion. By that time, though, Wolgast was well beaten, but in view of those statements he must have made 135lbs at the 3pm weigh-in with Welsh contracted to make a few pounds more.