1908-05-21 (148/150lbs) Joe White w pts 20 Curley Watson, Christian Street Gymnastic Club, Liverpool, England
1908-05-21 (148/150lbs) Joe White w pts 20 Curley Watson, Christian Street Gymnastic Club, Liverpool, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. No title billing as such and made at catchweights, it is sometimes referred to as involving the English title and could have qualified for Imperial British Empire championship honours, especially as both men were inside 148lbs. Despite that, it is also unclear as to whether it was contested over two or three-minute rounds. For five rounds the exchanges were exceedingly tame but after the referee cautioned them both in the sixth matters greatly improved and led to White building up a commanding lead to take the verdict. Watson was a disappointment, being wild with his deliveries and unable to box his way into the contest. Immediately following his win over Watson, White challenged the world at 150lbs and was quickly accepted by Jim Sullivan, but the fight never came off and any claim he may have had stalled. On 22 December the Sporting Life reported that Sullivan should be recognised as the English 148lbs champion, having classified him as being the 150lbs champion a day earlier, and on 1 February 1909 the Mirror of Life reported that Jack Kingsland should be recognised as the English 148lbs champion. Neither claims had much substance and both were soon fighting among the middleweights. For Watson, it turned out rather different. Earlier, on 18 April 1908, having outpointed Charlie Knock over ten rounds at Wonderland, Mile End, London in the final of a 148lbs championship belt competition, he received a fair amount of recognition as the English champion at that weight. However, the opportunity to contest the new Lonsdale Belt never came and following the loss to White and two inside-the-distance defeats in catchweight contests at the hands of Willie Lewis and Honey Mellody, he was knocked out by Frank Inglis inside ten rounds at Wonderland on 5 March 1910 and never recovered, being pronounced dead the same day.