1890-02-28 (156lbs) Alf Ball w co 12 (12) Jack Welland, Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, England
1890-02-28 (156lbs) Alf Ball w co 12 (12) Jack Welland, Goodwin Club, Shoreditch, London, England. Made at catchweights, the opening seven rounds had little going for them other than there being too much holding for which both men received warnings from the referee. Pulling himself together, Ball (156) finally woke up in the eighth when scoring repeatedly with the left, and from that moment there was only one man likely to win and it was not the plodding Welland (154), who although game lacked the basic rudiments of boxing. After knocking Wellard out in the final session the Sporting Life reported that when Ball boxed coolly he did well, but when trying to knock Wellard out he was wild and precipitate. Both men finished the contest with damage to their left eyes.
Regardless of any criticism, the winner claimed the English 156lbs title on the strength of this result.