1897-11-18 (94lbs) Joe Williams w co 4 (20) Curly Wood, Glengall Road Gym, Bermondsey, London, England
18 November (94lbs) Joe Williams w co 4 (20) Curly Wood, Glengall Road Gym, Bermondsey, London, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. Recognised as being for the world 94lbs title, articles had earlier called for 90lbs, give or take two pounds, but were amended to read 92lbs, give or take two pounds, as both men had outgrown the lighter weight class. After Wood had been twice driven to his knees in the second round it began to look as though he had bitten off more than he could chew in taking on Williams and despite fighting back hard he was dropped two more times in the third. The fight was concluded in the next session when Williams tore into Wood, who tried his best to keep at distance before a right to the jaw saw him counted out after 1.03 of the fourth.
Although Williams was a growing lad he continued to claim the 94lbs title, along with Bill Pincombe, but neither were comfortable at the weight and there was no more real activity at the poundage, apart from a claim from Jack Morris in June 1902, until Barney Sloane came through in 1903.