1912-04-26 (135lbs) Matt Wells nd-l pts 10 Packey McFarland, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA

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1912-04-26 (135lbs) Matt Wells nd-l pts 10 Packey McFarland, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA. Referee: Lou Marsh. Billed for the world 135lbs title, with both men inside the weight according to the New York Times, McFarland won the press decision handily with Wells being a decided disappointment after his recent displays. McFarland jabbed, swung and uppercut Wells from start the finish, while the latter failed to deliver ten clean blows all night and even complained that he had been hit low in the ninth round, only to be told by the referee that he was wrong.

Whilst Wells’ position remained intact, McFarland was generally seen as the leading lightweight in America and he continued to strive for a title bout with Ad Wolgast. However, with Wolgast adamant that he would not defend his title unless the challenger made 133lbs ringside and it was over 20 rounds, McFarland’s dream began to fade when it became clear that fighting under those conditions would leave him too weak. The nearest he got to meeting Wolgast was when signing up for a ten-round no-decision contest at Madison Square Garden on 27 September. Asked to make 135lbs at 3pm, it wasn’t considered to involve the title, but had McFarland won he would have had plenty of supporters. Unfortunately, the fight was called off when Wolgast demanded more money and soon after McFarland decided to move up to the welterweight class.