1903-10-03 (118lbs) Joe Bowker w pts 15 Bill King, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
3 October (118lbs) Joe Bowker w pts 15 Bill King, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Billed for the English 118lbs title, £50 a side and purse, Bowker (118) extended his claim on outscoring King (117½). As usual the clever Bowker started at a fast pace and although his punches lacked power he threw plenty of them in order to keep King off balance. King could never be dismissed, however, and in the ninth and tenth rounds he stunned Bowker with heavy right handers before the lad from Salford eventually boxed his way out of trouble. The remaining sessions saw Bowker on his toes, using the left to good effect and generally keeping out of danger as he danced his way to the decision over a very tough opponent.