1914-07-07 Freddie Welsh w pts 20 Willie Ritchie, Olympia, Kensington, London, England - WORLD
1914-07-07 Freddie Welsh w pts 20 Willie Ritchie, Olympia, Kensington, London, England - WORLD. Referee: Eugene Corri. After both men were announced as being inside 135lbs, Welsh (134½) showed early as his wonderful left hand picked out Ritchie (134¾) time and again, while the latter never gave up and was always looking to get to close quarters where he could get his punches off. Realising he was behind coming into the latter stages of the contest, the American went all out, looking to win inside the distance, but it was not to be as Welsh, his defence impeccable, hung on to his lead tenaciously to earn the referee’s decision. According to the May 1940 edition of The Ring magazine, the referee had both men on 81½ points coming into the 20th round before giving Welsh the decision by one point at the final bell. With both men inside 135lbs, this contest finally unified the weight class.
Returning to America, on 27 October at the Atlas AA, Boston, Massachusetts Welsh took on Matty Baldwin. On the day of the fight the Boston Post intimated that it involved the title, stating that Baldwin was down to his best fighting weight and the following day the paper reported that Walsh was still champion after winning the 12-round points decision.