1902-10-23 (120lbs) Pedlar Palmer w pts 20 Jim Williams, National AC, Marylebone, London, England

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1902-10-23 (120lbs) Pedlar Palmer w pts 20 Jim Williams, National AC, Marylebone, London, England. Despite Palmer being two pounds overweight, with Williams not claiming the forfeit the winner’s 120lbs world title claim remained intact. The fight itself was fiercely contested and Palmer, with all his skill still in place, outscored Williams for round after round until the 12th when he began to weaken. At that point, after Palmer complained that there was something on Williams’ gloves that was getting into his eyes the gloves were changed at the end of the session. Within a round or so Palmer was back to his best, eventually winning what was a hard battle comfortably. The Sporting Life stated that Williams deserved much praise for his determined stand which would have gained him victory against a less clever man.

When Palmer was stopped in the eighth round by Will Curley at catchweights on 15 December it did not involve his title 120lbs title claim, the latter being articled to come in at no more than 125lbs while Palmer was free to make any weight below that.

Another fight that was initially billed as a 120lbs world title defence for Palmer came against Harry Ware at Wonderland, Mile End, London on 16 February 1903. However, with Palmer, who won on points over 12 rounds, coming in half a pound above the weight and it being contested over two-minute rounds it was not generally seen as involving the championship.

On 31 January 1903, Chris Clarke outpointed Fred Delaney over six rounds to win a 120lbs championship competition at the same venue, but the result carried no real credence as it was contested over two-minute rounds.

Following the Palmer v Ware fight the former was challenged by Spike Robson (18 February 1903), and then by Harry Paul (6 March 1903) to decide the English title.