1897-08-26 (145lbs) Joe Walcott w co 18 (20) George Green, Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA

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1897-08-26 (145lbs) Joe Walcott w co 18 (20) George Green, Woodward’s Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USA. Referee: Jack Welch. Although no weights were given, the Police Gazette reported this as ‘practically’ a championship affair, while the San Francisco Chronicle claimed that the contest was being treated with all the consideration due to a title fight, labelling it as a battle for welter honours. Green shipped a tremendous amount of punishment, being down three times in the sixth, three times in the tenth, and once in the 18th before being knocked out from a series of heavy jolts to the jaw.

By his victory, Walcott took over Green’s 145lbs title claim.