1909-04-26 (142lbs) Young Joseph w pts 20 Young Otto, Wonderland, Mile End, London, England
1909-04-26 (142lbs) Young Joseph w pts 20 Young Otto, Wonderland, Mile End, London, England. Referee: J. T. Hulls. Made at 142lbs, despite it being contested over two-minute rounds and at a weight not recognised in Britain, Joseph claimed the world title on winning. Both men looked to be in good condition and both made good at the start, Joseph leading with sound left hands while Otto tried to work on the inside where his strength would be seen to better effect. Many of the rounds were close but by the halfway stage Joseph appeared to be in front, Otto’s face being somewhat the worse for wear. From the 13th onwards Joseph definitely had the edge and by the 19th Otto’s left eye was closing fast. Looking almost as fresh as when he began Joseph continued his good work in the final session, and although the American had provided a stern test it was the Englishman who was announced as the winner.
On 12 July, Joseph met Freddie Welsh, the future world lightweight champion, over 20 rounds at 142lbs at The Pavilion, Mountain Ash, Wales, losing on an 11th-round disqualification. Although the weight for the contest fell within the new 147lbs welterweight limit set by the NSC on 11 February, it was clear that Joseph could no longer make 142lbs and he moved up to contest the vacant Lonsdale Belt at 147lbs, while Welsh dropped down to campaign in the 135lbs lightweight division.