1908-02-20 (105lbs) Johnny Coulon w co 9 (10) Cooney Kelly, Athletic Club, Peoria, Illinois, USA
20 February (105lbs) Johnny Coulon w co 9 (10) Cooney Kelly, Athletic Club, Peoria, Illinois, USA. Billed for the world 105lbs title, Coulon controlled the action right from the opening bell before finishing Kelly off with body blows and lefts and rights to the head. On 13 March at the Naud Junction Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, Coulon outpointed Hughey McGovern over ten rounds in a fight that was reported to involve the world 105lbs title. Coulon (103½), packing plenty of ‘ginger’, forced the action from the start and was on top for all but two rounds and it was only by using planned attacks and showing good judgement that McGovern saved himself from a knockout defeat. While most papers of the day merely stated that it was ‘Young Terry McGovern’ in action against Coulon, the Oswego Palladium reported that it was Hughey, the brother of ‘Terrible Terry’, who was the opponent. At this stage of his career Hughey would have had great difficulty making anything like the reported weight, so I think that it was quite possibly contested at catchweights.