1897-11-08 (146lbs) Tom Woodley w pts 20 Jim Styles, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1897-11-08 (146lbs) Tom Woodley w pts 20 Jim Styles, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: Bernard J. Angle. Made at 146lbs, many saw this as involving the English title at the weight due to Styles having outpointed William Robinson over eight rounds at the same venue on 4 February to win the final of a 146lbs competition that included the Australian, Tom Williams. Evenly contested, there was little to choose between them as first one man then the other got off good punches, and just when it looked as though Styles had the advantage Woodley came on strong in the last three rounds to make sure of the verdict. Although Woodley was put down in the 19th he was up without a count and carried on as though nothing had happened.
Throughout 1898 and most of 1899, both Woodley and Styles were claiming the English 146lbs championship and were challenged by Owen Sweeney (February 1898) for an NSC purse.