1887-06-01 (146lbs) Johnny Reagan w co 44 (finish) John Files, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA

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1887-06-01 (146lbs) Johnny Reagan w co 44 (finish) John Files, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. With both men wearing skin-tight gloves and contested under MoQ Rules in a dancing pavilion on the corner of Greenwich Street and Barrow Street, within 100 yards of the Hudson River, this is the first reference to be found to the welterweight title.

Some papers reported that the men fought at 144lbs, while the New York Herald stated that Reagan scaled 146lbs. The paper went on to say that the winner, who scored a kayo with a solid right-hand smash to the jaw, would confidently be able to call himself the champion welter. The men had fought for close on three hours and had both scored knockdowns, Files in the seventh and Reagan in the 34th, but once the older man weakened there was only going to be one winner.