1903-01-26 (146lbs) Eddie Connolly w pts 15 Tom Woodley, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1903-01-26 (146lbs) Eddie Connolly w pts 15 Tom Woodley, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the world 146lbs title and involving the Imperial British Empire championship at the weight, although Woodley (145) was always in the fight against the clever, hard-hitting Connolly (144) he was ultimately unable to swing things his way. After a third round in which Connolly seemed to have Woodley at his mercy, the next couple of sessions witnessed some fearfully hard exchanges before the latter was dropped in the sixth following a heavy blow to the jaw. On getting up Woodley then went down without being hit, for which he received a caution. Thereafter, however, Woodley held his own in many of the rallies, but it was the better boxing of the Canadian that won him the decision.
Matched for a return contest at 146lbs at the Warwickshire Horse Repository, Birmingham on 13 April Woodley pulled out, leaving Connolly to face Pat Daly, who weighed a good stone heavier. Despite the weight difference, Connolly was good value for the 20-round points decision even though he was twice floored.
Meanwhile, Woodley continued to claim the English 148lbs title and was joined by Peter Brown (who won a 148lbs championship competition on 4 January 1904 at the International AC, Marylebone, London, when outpointing Jack Kingsland over six rounds).