1907-04-23 (145/150lbs) Mike Twin Sullivan w pts 20 Honey Mellody, Pacific AC, Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA
1907-04-23 (145/150lbs) Mike Twin Sullivan w pts 20 Honey Mellody, Pacific AC, Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USA. Referee: Charles Eyton. Billed as a title fight at 145lbs, Sullivan well outpointed Mellody with the use of an excellent left at range and much cleverness when at close quarters. Although Mellody was strong and willing he was unable to ruffle Sullivan, who missed several opportunities to knock his man out.
Afterwards, Mellody, who finished badly battered and with both eyes almost closed, claimed that the championship had not been on the line because the officials had allowed the challenger to weigh in close on 150lbs. This explanation was accepted by some but not by others, with much support for Sullivan in California. Regardless of this defeat, Mellody continued to be referred to by the Boston Post as the champion.
Sullivan was next matched against Joe Thomas, who was considered by many as the true champion, over ten rounds in Denver, Colorado on 30 May. Made at 145lbs, Sullivan pulled out of the contest with just two days to go, claiming that the promoter had not allowed for a large enough attendance and that his take would be too small. By now it was becoming more and more difficult for Thomas to make 145lbs and from thereon he would defend his title claim at 150lbs.