1906-09-03 (145lbs) Joe Thomas w rtd 11 (15) Honey Mellody, Lincoln AC, Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA

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1906-09-03 (145lbs) Joe Thomas w rtd 11 (15) Honey Mellody, Lincoln AC, Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA. Referee: Maffit Flaherty. Made at 145lbs, although there was no billing as such Thomas technically took over Mellody’s ‘white’ title claim at the weight on winning. Having almost won the fight in the fifth round Mellody was on the up, but after chasing Thomas to the ropes in the tenth he was knocked down and saved by the bell. Now it was Thomas’ turn. Banging away with lefts and rights he dropped Mellody three times in the 11th, and with the latter hanging over the bottom rope his corner threw the towel in. Regardless of his defeat, Mellody went on to meet Joe Walcott on 16 October.

Thomas was billing himself as the 145lbs champion, his position being strengthened further when Joe Gans stated that he should be recognised as the top man now that he (Gans) was remaining among the lightweights.

On 24 October, and contracted for 30 rounds, Thomas beat Dick Fitzpatrick (w co 16 at the Mission Street Arena, Colma, San Francisco, California) at 150lbs. One can only assume that the latter came in below 145lbs when the press reported that the title could have been his had he won.

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