1905-05-29 (116lbs) Joe Bowker w pts 20 Pinky Evans, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1905-05-29 (116lbs) Joe Bowker w pts 20 Pinky Evans, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the world 116lbs title, Bowker (116) got down to work immediately at the opening bell, firing in blows to head and body to leave Evans (115) slightly nonplussed. With Evans receiving serious damage to his left eye in that session it became even more difficult for him than it already was. Despite that, Evans soon showed that he was almost as fast as Bowker before taking a pounding in the fourth and then coming back to hold his own for a short while. Twice in the ninth Evans came close to reaching the Englishman with solid rights to the jaw, but after the 11th it was almost all one way. Even when Bowker was rattling in punches on Evans’ damaged eye for round after round the game American did all he could to resist defeat, being warmly applauded at the final bell.

Immediately following his latest world title success, Bowker moved up in class on a more permanent basis, the 116lbs title being claimed by Jimmy Walsh, Digger Stanley and Owen Moran. Other men who claimed the 116lbs title without any tangible support included Bill Stonelake (June 1905), Ted Moore and Darkey Haley (May 1906), Young Lilley (January 1907), Harry Thomas (October 1909) and Young Snowball in December 1909. Snowball, whose real name was Ted Broadribb, would eventually become a leading manager and matchmaker.

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