1901-10-21 (134lbs) Bob Russell w pts 10 Bill Wood, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1901-10-21 (134lbs) Bob Russell w pts 10 Bill Wood, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Made at 134lbs, Russell came to the ring looking rather slighter than his opponent, and after ten rounds of more clinching than action he was awarded a very narrow decision. Although it was Wood who made most of the running, concentrating on the body, for much of the time he was tied up at close quarters, outscored at distance and unable to find the target with any accuracy, hence the verdict went against him. There appear to have been no knockdowns.

From then on Russell’s claim to the English title at the weight was a good one, even though Jabez White and Bill Chester’s claims appeared to be stronger.