1914-01-01 (147lbs) Waldemar Holberg w pts 20 Ray Bronson, West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Australia
1914-01-01 (147lbs) Waldemar Holberg w pts 20 Ray Bronson, West Melbourne Stadium, Melbourne, Australia. Referee: Ernie Fullalove. Bronson (146¾), who had been claiming the title, met Holberg (143½) in a fight given championship billing at 147lbs by the leading Melbourne promoter. While Holberg proved to be the better boxer of the two, his speed around the ring coupled with accurate left jabs giving the American plenty to think about, Bronson was the harder puncher. In the middle rounds, Bronson came on strong and his ability on the inside showed just how limited the Dane was in that field, but having come through a difficult time Holberg began to get his boxing back on track from around the 13th to move into the ascendancy. From thereon, Bronson seemed unable to influence the fight and the last three rounds saw him cutting down his work rate as he went looking for a knockout without success. There were no knockdowns but both men bled freely thoughout.
The American went on to meet England’s Matt Wells in a semi-final leg of the Australian world championship tournament, but was stopped in the seventh round at The Stadium, Sydney on 28 February.