1912-05-08 (115/116lbs) Johnny Coulon nd-w pts 10 Young Solberg, Royal AC, Clermont Rink, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA

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1912-05-08 (115/116lbs) Johnny Coulon nd-w pts 10 Young Solberg, Royal AC, Clermont Rink, Brooklyn, NYC, New York, USA. Made at 116lbs, the New York newspapers described the sturdy Solberg (112¼), who was both outboxed and outslugged, as a very inexperienced challenger for Coulon (113½). After being dropped heavily in the second by a right hook under the heart it took Solberg quite a while to get going and he only really showed in the tenth.

On 11 June Coulon took on one Frankie Hayes at the New Haven Casino, Connecticut, in a fight supposedly made at 116lbs. At the end of the third round the referee, Dave Fitzgerald, left the ring, stating that both men were refusing to fight despite constant warnings, and was replaced by the announcer when the police authorised him to do so. That seemed to be the signal for Coulon to finish it and after Hayes had made it to his feet, having been dropped for ‘eight’, he was quickly put down again, this time for the full count. I cannot find a proper record for ‘Hayes’, but with most people considering it to have been a ‘fake’ one should not see it as involving Coulon’s title claim.