1906-05-28 (158lbs) Tom Thomas w pts 15 Pat O’Keefe, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1906-05-28 May (158lbs) Tom Thomas w pts 15 Pat O’Keefe, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the English 158lbs championship, although O’Keefe (155½) had the pull over Thomas (156) in reach, landing several solid lefts as the fight progressed, it was the latter’s left-hand work that was the more effective. The Sporting Life reported that at every opportunity Thomas dashed in with a left to the face, which caused the Londoner to measure his length upon the floor on one occasion. From the outset the exchanges were of a fast and vigorous nature for men of their weight and round after round went the same way before Thomas received the decision. It could not be seen as a great fight as there had been far too much holding, but it was always exciting.

Following this, Thomas remained out of the ring for close on two years after being laid up with rheumatic fever, but was still recognised as being the champion despite the rise through the ranks of Tom Lancaster and James Tiger Smith.

On 10 November, Charlie Wilson claimed to be the English 160lbs champion and was recognised as such by the Sporting Life on 28 November.

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