1914-03-26 Percy Jones w pts 20 Eugene Criqui, The Stadium, Liverpool, England - GB/IBU

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1914-03-26 Percy Jones w pts 20 Eugene Criqui, The Stadium, Liverpool, England - GB/IBU. Referee: George Dunning. Billed for the world and European 112lb titles, Jones had been outscored by Criqui some five weeks earlier at catchweights, but this time round he was a different fighter when winning from start to finish and never being troubled. Criqui was down in the second for ‘nine’ and again a few moments later, but somehow stayed in the contest despite both eyes being virtually closed at the finish.

A few days later, contesting what was billed as being a battle for the world ‘gnatweight’ title, Jimmy Wilde (94) knocked out France’s Eugene Husson (87½) in the sixth of a scheduled 20-round contest at the NSC, Covent Garden, London on 30 March. Following this, Wilde ran out of opposition at 94lbs and the now unofficial weight class faded into obscurity as he set his sights on the 112lbs title.

While Wilde’s star was rising, Jones, who was defeated on an 18th-round stoppage by Joe Symonds at the Old Cosmo Rink, Plymouth on 15 May, should have forfeited his British, European and world title claims on the scales when weighing in two and a half pounds overweight. However, after the NSC refused to recognise the winner and matched Jones against Jimmy Berry, the Welshman successfully weighed-in only for Berry not to turn up. Berry later stated that he had informed the officials earlier that he was unable to make 112lb.

Finally, on 19 October, Jones forfeited any right he had to his British 112lbs title when he failed to make the weight for a defence against Tancy Lee at the NSC. The fight went ahead at catchweights, with Lee winning on a 14th-round stoppage and effectively being recognised by the Club as the new champion. He also took over Jones’ European and world championship claims on the decision.