1911-02-27 (135lbs) Matt Wells w pts 20 Freddie Welsh, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England

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1911-02-27 (135lbs) Matt Wells w pts 20 Freddie Welsh, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the British and European 135lb titles, Wells, the former four-time ABA lightweight champion, automatically took over Welsh’s world title claim at the weight on winning. According to Boxing, Wells, who won 12 rounds to Welsh’s six, started so well that he had ten of the first 11 sessions in the bag before the Welshman got going. Showing tremendous speed, especially with the left jab, Wells gave Welsh no rest whatsoever, it being only in the 13th as his rival tired that he began to get through. In the 16th when Welsh’s head came into contact with Wells’ damaged left eye the blood flowed, and after his knee came up in a clinch in the 17th the Londoner almost collapsed. The last few sessions were frantic with Welsh looking for a knockout, but having failed the verdict in Wells’ favour was loudly cheered.

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