1906-05-28 (126lbs) Jim Driscoll w pts 15 Joe Bowker, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1906-05-28 (126lbs) Jim Driscoll w pts 15 Joe Bowker, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the English 126lbs title, Bowker (121), who took the bout on at just two days notice as a replacement for Johnny Summers, made an an excellent start and by the seventh round the money was on him to win. With his superior reach Driscoll (125) began to come back strongly from thereon, but he was still being outworked on the inside before getting on top in the tenth. The 11th session saw Driscoll at his best, banging in left hooks to Bowker’s head, and in the 12th the latter was dropped by such a punch. Having knocked Bowker down again in the 13th, this time from a right to the head, Driscoll was boxing at a high level and it was to the man from Salford’s credit that he came back stubbornly to take the fight to the scorecards. This was reckoned to have been one of the most skilful matches ever seen at the NSC.