1916-09-04 Freddie Welsh w pts 20 Charley White, The Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA - WORLD

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1916-09-04 Freddie Welsh w pts 20 Charley White, The Arena, Colorado Springs, Colorado USA - WORLD. Referee: Billy Roche. Despite the referee’s decision being unpopular, Welsh generally outboxed the Liverpool-born White, who was always dangerous, especially with his famed left hook. Needless to say, it was the champion’s left hand, coupled with a wonderful defence, which paved the way to victory, while White, cut over the left eye and forced to face the sun as Welsh continually backed into it, never gave up trying. Both men were announced as being within the required 135lbs.

On 24 November, Welsh again technically risked his title by allowing Eddie Wallace (nd-l pts 10 at Schomer Park, Montreal, Canada) to make the championship weight while he weighed in above the limit. This is what was reported in the Montreal Herald, but in truth neither man was close to making 135lbs.

Another catchweight affair saw Welsh up against an old opponent in Richie Mitchell (nd-l pts 10 at the Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 16 January 1917), who made 135lbs while the out-of-condition champion came in at 140lbs.