1908-01-20 (144lbs) Young Joseph w pts 20 Jack Goldswain, Wonderland, Mile End, London, England
1908-01-20 (144lbs) Young Joseph w pts 20 Jack Goldswain, Wonderland, Mile End, London, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. Contested at 144lbs, with two-minute rounds in place, an impetuous Goldswain was very nearly taken out in the opening session before being saved by the bell. By the sixth Goldswain, who was on his knees during the round, was very much second best after Joseph had set a very fast pace and had scored well to the head and body, excelling more so on the inside. Continuing to hold the upper hand, Joseph had almost closed Goldswain’s right eye by the 12th, but from then on the latter began to fight back, scoring well with solid blows to the head. At this stage of the fight Goldswain was well behind, but according to the Sporting Life fight report he was rapidly making up the leeway by the 16th and was looking for a knockout. Meanwhile, Joseph was too cute to become exposed to sucker punches, and for the remaining rounds he kept a tight guard which Goldswain was ultimately unable to break down. According to the paper it was age that stopped Goldswain, not Joseph, and his magnificent display in fighting an uphill battle almost got him the win he so desired.
Afterwards there were rumours that both men were over the weight, but it did not stop Joseph from claiming the English 144lbs title following his victory.