1897-06-21 (145/146lbs) Tommy Ryan w co 2 (20) Tom Williams, Empire AC, Syracuse, New York, USA

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1897-06-21 (145/146lbs) Tommy Ryan w co 2 (20) Tom Williams, Empire AC, Syracuse, New York, USA. Referee: Yank Sullivan. Reported as being for the welterweight championship of the world by the Syracuse Herald, another paper, the Syracuse Courier, reported that the forfeited weight limit was 145lbs and that both men were tipping the scales on the day of the fight. At the sound of the bell Williams charged into Ryan, who was content to dodge until opening up at the end of the round. The second session saw Ryan sending in lefts and rights to Williams’ head and body, with the latter going down three times in order to avoid further punishment. Ryan was now rampant, and after Williams had clambered up on the third occasion he was despatched by a left to the temple prior to being counted out.

Putting on the pounds, Ryan fought as a middleweight from there on in.