1908-02-10 (108lbs) Albert Cocksedge w pts 15 Harry McDermott, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England

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1908-02-10 (108lbs) Albert Cocksedge w pts 15 Harry McDermott, Ginnett’s Circus, Newcastle, England. Billed for the English 108lbs title, although not reported as such both men agreed that they had made 108lbs for the contest. For the first six rounds Cocksedge bewildered McDermott with his hand speed and even when the latter picked up somewhat he had little success. Apart from the seventh when he hurt Cocksedge the South Shields man lacked both the pace and the stamina to turn the fight around and went down on points by a fair margin.

Cocksedge next challenged Charlie Exall to decide the English 108lbs title, but the match was never made and little more is heard of the latter. When Cocksedge outscored Harry Badger over 20 rounds at the New City Boxing Club, Sheffield, England on 15 June it was initially thought to have involved his 106lbs English title claim, but recent research discovered that the latter was a good seven pounds the heavier man. On 25 July, Cocksedge claimed the world 106lbs title and threatened to go to America in order to clear up the weight class, but from thereon he moved up the weight scale.

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