3 December (116lbs) Jim Williams w co 9 (15) Johnny Thomas, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
3 December (116lbs) Jim Williams w co 9 (15) Johnny Thomas, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Although not being billed as a 116lbs title fight, later gossip stated that Thomas (114) lost his claim to Williams (115) in this one. For at least five rounds it was a slogging match, so keen were both men to get it over with. Eventually, the pace slowed somewhat and although Thomas became the main aggressor, handing out plenty of punishment and appearing stronger than Williams, he was taking too many risks. It was noticeable that Williams was regaining his strength in the eighth and following a burst of non-stop punching in the ninth a short right-arm punch to the jaw sent Thomas down to be counted out.
Other men who claimed the English 116lbs title, albeit weakly, were Bill Stonelake (who had won a championship competition held at Wonderland, Mile End, London when he knocked out Jim Kenrick in three rounds on 4 May 1901), Bill Lampshire (who outpointed Fred Herring over three rounds at the NSC on 4 November 1901), Patsy Walsh (who won a championship belt competition on 23 November 1901) and Kenrick (who outpointed Dave Morbin over four rounds to win a championship competition at the Canterbury Music Hall, Lambeth, London on 21 December 1901).