1912-09-19 Sid Smith w pts 20 Curley Walker, The Ring, Southwark, London, England - GB

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1912-09-19 Sid Smith w pts 20 Curley Walker, The Ring, Southwark, London, England. Referee: Dick Burge. Contested under full championship conditions, it was billed for the 112lb British and world titles outside the jurisdiction of the NSC and did not involve the Lonsdale Belt. With Smith going for speed and blocking anything coming his way it was an uphill battle for Walker, but the latter never gave up. Occasionally Smith was caught flush, but he maintained his routine, scoring at the rate of three to one, and although Walker put in a massive finish it was to no avail.

On 4 November, Billy Padden (104) drew over 15 rounds with Kid Morris, who scaled 100lbs, at the Scottish National AC, Glasgow and although there was no title billing accorded later articles show this to have been a British title bout at 104lbs. On 2 December, Padden outpointed Morris over 15 rounds at the Scottish National AC and as in their previous bout later reports give this as being for the British 104lbs title.

Padden next met Jimmy Wilde and was forced to retire after 18 rounds of a contest scheduled for 20 at the Victoria AC, Glasgow on 1 January 1913. Billed for the British 98lbs title (2pm weigh-in), Boxing stated that Wilde retained his title claim, while the Mirror of Life reported that Padden had been the champion until defeated by Wilde. Although Wilde continued to challenge the world there were no takers.

Later, in 1922, the South Wales Echo accorded Young Freddie Welsh both Welsh and British title status at the weight prior to getting behind Percy Lake at the end of 1923, but that was it as far as the 98lbs weight class was concerned.

On 18 January 1913, Wilde forced Tommy Hughes (100) to retire in the seventh of a scheduled 20-rounder at The Hippodrome, Tonypandy, a contest that was later stated to have involved the British 100lbs title. Wilde (94lbs), with bigger fish to fry, never bothered to pursue his claim.