1910-10-17 (118lbs) Digger Stanley w co 8 (20) Joe Bowker, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England
1910-10-17 (118lbs) Digger Stanley w co 8 (20) Joe Bowker, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: A. F. Bettinson. Made at 118lbs, with the first Lonsdale Belt at the weight up for grabs, right from the opening bell it could be seen that Bowker was only a shadow of the recent past when being caught by punches that he would once have avoided with ease. Despite seeing flashes of his class, Bowker played right into Stanley’s hands when staying too close at times and being forced to take heavy blows to the body that would ultimately wear him down. It could be seen in the seventh that the pace was becoming too hot for Bowker, and after making a supreme effort in the eighth when driving Stanley around the ring he was doubled up by a right to the body before being put down by a solid left to the jaw. Having been counted out an appeal for a foul on behalf of Bowker was made and eventually rejected by the referee following a medical examination by the club doctor.
With Stanley now claiming the world 118lbs title, it would be a few more years before the Americans fell into line fully with the weight class.