1911-12-04 Sid Smith w pts 20 Joe Wilson, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England - GB

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1911-12-04 Sid Smith w pts 20 Joe Wilson, NSC, Covent Garden, London, England - GB. Referee: J. H. Douglas. Billed for the British flyweight title, initially Smith had been matched against Sam Kellar who had returned from the USA, but on 15 November when the latter was struck down by appendicitis Wilson was quickly named as his replacement. There was no doubt that Smith deserved to beat Wilson on boxing alone, but he was unable to hurt an opponent who kept going doggedly, several times being within an ace of victory. It was the body punching that kept Wilson in the fight, Smith on the floor four times in all, but following a torrid 14th round he got on his bike, taking no more chances, to win comfortably. By winning the first flyweight Lonsdale Belt at 112lbs, Smith could justifiably claim to be the leading man at the weight in the world despite a lack of further billing.

On 1 March 1912, Johnny Hughes outpointed Sam Kellar over 20 rounds at the King’s Hall, Southwark, London, in a match billed for the 112lbs world flyweight title. In truth, the title tag was barely recognised away from the venue, but it did offer the winner a crack against Smith at the NSC. Clearly, Hughes deserved a chance to win the Lonsdale Belt, but following a derisory purse offer for a defence against him Smith returned the belt to the NSC and went in search of better financial opportunities.

Another British title claim at a weight well below 112lbs saw Jimmy Wilde force Kid Morris to retire in the fourth of a 20-round contest at The Stadium, Cardiff, Wales on 20 July. This one, billed for the British 94lbs title, involved the man who would eventually rise to the highest echelons of the boxing world.