1903-04-20 (137/138lbs) Jabez White w pts 15 Spike Sullivan, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1903-04-20 (137/138lbs) Jabez White w pts 15 Spike Sullivan, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the world 137lbs title and also given status at 138lbs in many quarters, by the fifth round White (136) was having the better of the argument by some distance, scoring well with both hands. In the eighth Sullivan (137) put in some terrific blows to head and body, one of which cut White’s left eye, and the American came right back into it over the next few sessions. However, although the contest was fairly even from the tenth through to the 14th, both men scoring well at times, it was White who landed with the better quality punches in the final two rounds.

Although White continued to claim the title he never boxed at that weight again, being out of the ring for the next two years before taking on Jimmy Britt at 133lbs.

Following the above contest, Tom Edmunds (February 1905), Bill Wood (November 1905), Jim Hook (January 1906), Charley Hickman (September 1906) and Joe Fletcher (April 1907) presented various challenges that would settle the English 138lbs title. All came to nothing and the weight class was swallowed up by the new welterweight division proposed by the National Sporting Club (NSC) on 11 February 1909.

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