1907-07-15 (128lbs) Seaman Hayes w rtd 4 (20) Kid Davis, St Julian’s Hall, Guernsey, Channel Islands

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1907-07-15 (128lbs) Seaman Hayes w rtd 4 (20) Kid Davis, St Julian’s Hall, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Made at 128lbs and billed as being the first ever English title fight held on the island - with two¬-minute rounds in play, small purses, and with Davis being born in Nigeria and boxing out of the USA - it was not considered as such throughout the rest of the country. The opening three sessions saw Hayes gradually beginning to work Davis over, with heavy body punches going in, and although the latter hit back hard at times it did not look as though he had the armoury to turn the tide. It was clear that the crowd were enjoying the action, but what had become an exciting contest ended in the fourth round when Davis’ corner threw up the sponge after their man was severely cut over the left eye and deemed unable to continue. On 15 January 1908, Boss Edwards was listed as the English 128lbs champion in the Sporting Life, but by 11 February 1909, the day the NSC announced weight divisions with limits, the 128lb weight class was absorbed into the new lightweight division.